15 minutes of Kobe vs. T-Mac
I remember they had a epic Christmas game where T-Mac was killing that went into overtime. Kobe wasn't checking T-Mac but T-Mac was checking him the whole game. That was the year I thought T-Mac was the best player in the League because he was playing great defense, blocks, steals, etc. and he had that pull up rhythm jumper that was only second to Shaq's half turn elbow in the chest half hook shot as a go to move.
Per basketball-reference.com here are their matchup stats since 1998 (21 games)
Kobe: 26.9 pts 42.5 fg% 5.3 rbs 5.3 asts
McGrady: 17.9 pts 39.2 fg% 4.8 rbs 4.8 asts
Kobe clearlygot the better of him statistically, although you could argue that most of the discrepancy is from the earlier and later years, you have to give Kobe credit for taking incredible care of his body and remaining dominant this long even though he came into the league a year earlier than McGrady.
Thanks for posting this. Brings back memories of why T-Mac was my favorite player.
I think people forget just how great of a player T-Mac was in his prime. He wasn't just a scorer. He was a complete offensive player just like Kobe. People forget how great of a post player and passer he was. He was a better and more willing passer than Kobe in my opinion.
The difference to me was that I feel Kobe was more hungry at the defensive end consistently, had a better work ethic and just had more of that desire to be and stay great.
Man it's refreshing to see how good T-Mac was in his prime. I forgot after all these years.
3:33 is just cold. Made kobe look silly.
To whoever took the time and dedication making this video. Just great to watch. I would take TMac in his prime over Kobe.
Amazing, we forget that T-Mac was what Durant is now(their games are quite different, but there are some aspects that are very similar) It's a pitty that T-Mac's injuries ended his prime early, he was a very special player.