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“I may get the country wrong, but I won’t forget the score was 11-3!”: Kobe Bryant jawed with $70 million star in interview with Rachel Nichols

Raahib Singh
|Sun Aug 14 2022


NBA legend Kobe Bryant went back-and-forth with Tracy McGrady in front of Rachel Nichols about their one-on-one scores

In the early 2000s, two NBA stars dominated the league with their offensive prowess. Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady. The two stars were drafted one year apart and had an eerily similar skillset. In 1996, Kobe Bryant was drafted as a 6’6″ guard, whereas McGrady was drafted in 1997 as a 6’9″ forward.

Once, in an interview, the late Lakers star claimed TMac was one of the hardest people to guard because he could do everything he could but was 6’9. However, injuries derailed McGrady’s career, causing him to retire early.

In 2019, the two stars sat down with Rachel Nichols for an interview with ESPN’s The Jump. In that interview, the two spilled the beans about each other and still discussed about their Europe tour together, and their epic one-vs-one battles.

Also Read: 6’6″ Kobe Bryant once tried to stop 6’9″ Tracy McGrady from working out, while getting to the weight room himself!

Tracy McGrady claimed Kobe Bryant didn’t recall the scores accurately

The Black Mamba, as we know it, was one of the most competitive players the league had ever seen. His desire to be better than everyone else on the court propelled him to greatness.

In the same interview with Rachel Nichols, $70 million worth Tracy McGrady talked about how Kobe didn’t even remember the names of the places where they were playing. Using this as an argument, he tried to dispute the one-vs-one scores that Kobe was sharing.

However, Kobe, being himself, said,

“The country may be off. I may forget a lot of things, but one things I’m not going to forget is the score. 11-3”

Continuing, the Mamba tried to console McGrady and said,

“It’s okay though, it’s alright man. You got an off day. It happens to the best of us man. It didn’t happen to me that day.”

Well, that’s Kobe for you. The man won’t remember where he’s playing, but as long as you put him on a basketball court, he’d remember every single detail about the game, even though it happened 21 years ago.

Also Read: “I cooked Tracy McGrady, roasted him, wasn’t even close”: When Kobe Bryant claimed to have gone 3-0 against the Magic legend during an Adidas promo tour

Even though the Mamba left us, it’s gems like these that make us still feel close to him.


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Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh

Raahib is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. A Computer Science Engineer by qualification, Raahib's passion for sports drew him towards TSR, and his love for Stephen Curry and the Warriors made him stay. Raahib enjoys reading, watching movies, and exploring new things during his free time.

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