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Tracy McGrady

Sorry Jordan ...

Kobe Was Way Harder to Guard

8/22/2013 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

082113_tracy_mcgrady_launchAt least one NBA star is willing to say it -- Kobe Bryant is a much tougher opponent than his airness, Michael Jordan was ... at least that's what Tracy McGrady hinted. (Pause for lightning bolts)

McGrady was responding to Kobe's recent comment that T-Mac was the hardest player he ever had to guard -- so, we expected him to throw a little praise back at Kobe.

But watch his comments at LAX -- McGrady wasn't just being nice ... and actually went out of his way to say it's "not even close" who his toughest assignment was on the court.

Remember, McGrady checked Jordan during MJ's final championship season in Chicago ... when he was older, but still making opponents look foolish (see Bryon Russell).

So, did Tracy just forget his MJ years -- or does he think Kobe is that good?

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Macc 6400    

Dude said, "I didn't play against Mike in his prime." Who else was he going to say? He didn't play against LeBron in his prime (which is right now) either.

372 days ago
2.

Mike    

This idiot never played Jordan even close to Jordans prime, but here is a fun fact. jordan scored on McGrady more than Kobe did.

372 days ago
3.

NOT ELMO    

Tracy McGrady
Sorry Jordan ...
Kobe Was Way Harder to Guard.........................ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

372 days ago
4.

Ivan in Phoenix    

Tracey's memory is slipping because it's been awhile since he had to guard Michael Jordan.

372 days ago
5.

KobeIsKing    

Kobe is King, F*ck LeBron and his illegal police escorts to rap concerts. KB is the modern day MJ!

372 days ago
6.

hawkette10    

Apples and oranges....

372 days ago
7.

john johnson    

lebrons the best. bigger, faster, stronger than any player in the nba his size with talent. and he will eventually eclipse all of jordans records, maybe even get more rings.

372 days ago
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Clint Beastwood    

T-Mac was good but never realized his full potential...Having said that he still wasn't close to being in Jordan's league.

372 days ago
9.

Joe    

McGrady.. the man who couldn't take Orlando past the 1st round of the playoffs, or the man who famously quit on the team in games?

372 days ago
10.

killa    

why does it say t-mac has to guard MJ in MJ's last title run with the Bulls??? T-Mac wasnt even in the league yet.

T-Mac did play against jordan, but when Jordan was with the Wizards.. get your facts right TMZ, come on now

372 days ago
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strunz2318    

Tracy McGrady paid a lot of money to be mediocre. I'll take Jordan any day of the week.

372 days ago
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Clemo    

Metta World Peace is far superior defensively than probably any perimeter player in the post Jordan era --- He says 40 YEAR OLD JORDAN IS MORE UNGUARDABLE THAN A PRIME KOBE! We all know Jordan was harder to guard and didn't even guard him lol. Jordan is harder to guard and yet more efficient! Kobe chucks up shots whilst trying to be flashy. Prime Jordan would simply drive by McGrady, if TMac could stay with him on occasions, he'll pull up more explosively and higher than Westbrook from the mid range and make them (Westbrick bricks them).

372 days ago
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Clemo    

Media **** things up all the time. He said he didn't play Jordan in his prime. And he hasn't played against LeBron in his prime.

P.S. Metta World Peace took Jordan at 40 WITHOUT QUESTION over Kobe in his PRIME. He's also a proven legendary defender, TMac sucks on D.

372 days ago
14.

J    

Wow Tracey McGrady looks mentally disabled. One eye is looking completely the other direction. How can someone shoot a basketball with one eye!

372 days ago
15.

forrest    

Is this the best sports coverage TMZ can provide? Tracy McGrady? Let's ask Mike Dunleavy next!

372 days ago
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