When Tracy McGrady became an NBA superstar, who would carry his team on his own shoulders, there weren’t many players in the league who could stop him.
McGrady became one of NBA’s leading stars with the Orlando Magic, where he spent four seasons. Later McGrady landed in Houston, where the injuries have started to catch up with him.
McGrady himself does name at least two NBA players that he had difficulties playing against.
“Kobe. The reason why [was] because I had to get my sleep against him because he was so relentless. Just a fierce competitor and I know I had to bring my ‘A’ game against him,” McGrady said on his official website, speaking about the first opponent.
Meanwhile, it seems like the feelings between Bryant and McGrady are mutual. Bryant himself once said that “the guy that always gave me the most problems actually was Tracy McGrady”.
“He had all the skills and all the athleticism, but he was 6’9. And he was really really tough to figure out,” said Bryant.
The second toughest opponent of McGrady wasn’t even an All-Star, and wasn’t really a scorer either. But that didn’t make him less of a threat.
“Bruce Bowen was just tough and nasty on the defensive end,” McGrady said.
For obvious reasons, McGrady didn’t name Michael Jordan, whose prime was way before McGrady ever became a star.
McGrady was a 7-time NBA All-Star and led the NBA in scoring for 2 straight seasons (2002-2003, 2003-2004) with 32.1 ppg and 28.0 ppg respectively. He was also the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2001. McGrady retired from the NBA, following a rather bleak short stay with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Playoffs in 2012-2013.
He played in 15 NBA seasons, appearing in total of 938 games (started 703), averaging 19.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 4.4 apg in 32.7 mpg.
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