Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Tracy McGrady (1) on the court against the Los Angeles Lakers in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Tracy McGrady says Kobe Bryant harder to guard than Michael Jordan

Tracy McGrady was once considered an elite basketball player. He was the NBA scoring champion twice and was racking up All-NBA honors left and right. As an elite player he matched up against elite players.

And McGrady told TMZ that it was harder to guard Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, than Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

He points out that he didn’t play against Michael Jordan in his prime. Tracy McGrady’s rookie season was 1997-98, which was also Michael’s last season with the Bulls, or his last season on top of his game. Which means he only played him three times while he was with the Bulls.

The rest of McGrady’s experience against Michael Jordan comes from his stint with the Washington Wizards when he was past his prime and McGrady was on top of his game.

It is also worth noting that Kobe Bryant named Tracy McGrady as the toughest to guard, so this could be a simple paying back of respect. On Kobe’s list of toughest to guard he also left off Michael Jordan and LeBron James naming Gilbert Arenas, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Stephon Marbury and Allen Iverson.

[h/t] TMZ Sports

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