Tracy McGrady wonders how many rings he would have won had he taken Kobe Bryant’s role in Los Angeles
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Sep 5, 2013
Tracy McGrady attempts to drive past Kobe Bryant in 2004 To answer McGrady’s first point? Yes, in 2002-03, McGrady did turn in a better year than Kobe Bryant. McGrady, however, started his career with an expansion team in its third season, while Bryant was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in the same summer that the team signed Shaquille O’Neal. He’s been there ever since, relatively healthy and with five rings, while McGrady bounced around with seven championship-less NBA teams while juggling serious back and knee injuries. “Whether I was better than Kobe, or he was better than me … I was in the conversation and it didn’t matter at the time. Meanwhile Kobe was winning titles while simultaneously creating a fissure in his relationship with The Big Aristotle. Both players were spectacular swingmen that entered the NBA a year apart, straight out of high school, utilizing fantastic all-around skills to pile up the All-Star appearances.