In the early 2000s, Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady were the most explosive scoring wing players in the league, and the two always played each other hard. Recently, Bryant was asked who are some of the toughest players he faced, and he named Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbusy, Gilbert Arenas, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Durant – adding that T-Mac was his toughest opponent.
Kobe on the toughest guys he ever played against - Iverson, Marbury, Arenas, Melo, Durant - but put Tracy McGrady as the toughest— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) August 16, 2013
TMZ caught up with McGrady at the airport and asked where he ranks Bean among toughest players to guard, and he says that Kobe was his toughest opponent, “it’s Kobe all day.” Now, McGrady was a rookie but he played during Michael Jordan’s ’98 championship run, and when Mike returned for the Wizards, so he played against both Mike and Mamba. Although he adds, “I ain’t play against Mike in his prime.” Asked again if Kobe Bryant is the toughest he’s played against, Tracy reiterates, “absolutely, ain’t nobody close.”