T-Mac recently went on a radio interview and gave his thoughts about Kobe and the Lakers.

toughSports Radio Interviews: Tracy McGrady joined 790 The Zone to discuss how determined he is to come back, his pick for the finals, and the most difficult player to guard

His pick for the title:  “Lakers. (Host: That easy, again?) It’s no knock on Cleveland, I think Cleveland’s gonna get there… Cleveland to me is really not that good. If you take what the Celtics did last year… You knew, they were either gonna get to the finals, or they were gonna win it. You can’t really say the same thing about the Cavaliers. Although, they had the best record in the league this year, a lot of people like, ‘Okay, they havin’ a great year, but we don’t know if they can win the championship.’ They really didn’t do anything on the road with the elite teams in the league, they lost, they had a bad record when they went to face the elite teams in the league. I think they’re a good team, but I don’t they’re ready to take the next step.”

The toughest player to stop:  “No doubt. Kobe. No doubt. The man is just a fierce competitor, he tries to rip your heart out no matter who he plays night in and night out. ‘Bron is one of them guys, he gets buckets, but he also is an unselfish player. Kobe? Nah. He trying to take your heart. He gonna get it. And, he’s gonna shoot 30 or 35 times to get it.”

  • http://kobe124 John Cena

    Kobe is the best player in the NBA to this date. Lebron is only good for dunks to this date. Lebron coming out with a movie when he has not won a ring. What part of the industry is that?

  • Sako

    He does know the Rockets are still in tue playoffs, right?

  • Lakezilla

    I’m sure he knows they’re still in the playoffs but he’s a realist. Lakers 4-0 over the Rockets this season. Anyways, Tmac knows whats up. He’s played against everybody so I think is opinion is worth something. The media loves Lebron because he’s the new shiny toy on the block. Think about it. In our society people always jump on the new things whether its a celebrity, cars, electronics, etc. How can people say Lebron is better than Kobe when in the head to head matchups this year, Kobe was hittin clutch shots in the so called King’s grill over and over and over again. Lebron 5-20 when the Lakers crushed them in their own house. Jordan didn’t start really getting recognition when he started winning titles and that’s what Lebron has to do. Until, then he’s Dominique Wilkins……human highlights but no rings.

  • Lakezilla

    I meant Jordan didn’t really start getting recognition until he started winning titles. Damn, this site needs a edit function for posts.

  • Michael_23

    I loved Kobe and TMac rivalries before but TMac has been injury plagued since he came from Orlando.

  • LAKing85

    Kobe vs. T-Mac is one of my all time favorite rivalries. Them two went at it constantly when they were facing each other. I remember saving my money constantly when the Rockets were coming to LA because I loved to see Kobe and T-Mac face off.

  • http://kobe124 John Cena

    By the way YOU CAN’T SEE ME! THE CHAMP IS HERE!!!!

  • willow

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    Well said Lakezilla! I agree with you 100%. Until he wins that elusive trophy, he’s nothin but a human highlight film a la Dominique Wilkins. Mind if I use that on this guy I know who’s always yappin’ about how ‘Bron is better than Kobe? lol…

    Oh and it sounds like T-Mac is about to ride Kobe’s coat tails after this season. Way to recognize who is the “BEST PLAYER ON THE PLANET” tomcat or whatever.

  • Babak

    if i was the owner of the rockets i would ship tmac out after saying the lakers will be champs.. i would hate to be his teamate 2.

  • Matt from Dallas

    haha Tmac knows whats up and isnt afriad to say it

  • dracul

    What a busted pic!! omg!

    -Dracul

  • sketch

    The Kobe v T-Mac rivalry did give us some great games and highlights. The Kobe v LeHype rivalry hasn’t been quite exciting, simply because really all LeHype can do is dunk! He has not really developed any sort of shot or moves or counter moves, he just straight plows into people and waits on the refs to bail him out (which they do way too many times)! I’m glad to see that T-Mac is giving Kobe his props, that shows true respect and also that he’s not one of those gravy train guys and jumps on the wagon when a dude is the flavor of the month.

    If the refs call the series straight up and not let LeHype get away with his hand checks, charges, and travels and also call Varegina for all of his over the back fouls, low bridges, and hacks then the Lakers will sweep the series and decimate these cavs! But the NBA are ratings whores and is so intent on making LeHype the next heir apparent and trying to push Kobe out that it’ll be a 6 game win for the Lakers!

  • WifelovesLuke

    You guys notice how the Lakers cruise thru competition they know they should beat? Then when the Celtics or Cavs are on the same court with them they hit a different level of execution? I just pray that the second half of game 1 was an eye opener and they will begin stepping on the Jazz’s throat.

  • Mitch4Pres

    tmac knows the deal

  • ceballos_neverforget

    This is just a western conference athlete aligning with his own conference. If D-Wade was asked the same thing, he’d say Lebron is better and that the cavs will win it all simply because it makes his own conference look better.

  • David

    Lebron is still the MVP this year. He led the Cavs to 66 wins. If he had the talent on our team they would win 70+. He gets his teammates more involved than Kobe and won’t force shots at the end of the game like Kobe always does. He’s a better rebounder, passer, penetrator, and defensive player than Kobe this year. I would take Kobe with 5 minutes left in a game over Lebron 10/10 times though.

  • Deus_Ex

    Can someone get that clown david out of here please? No player in the history of the NBA has scored more points in the last five minutes of a game than Kobe Bryant. Lebron’s game is still two dimensional, the same high flying dunk and a pathetic 11 font jumper. Kobe wins not by size and strength but with style and creativity which makes him much more exciting to watch. Kobe is the only one whose hands I trust the ball in while the clock is winding down.

  • Deus_Ex

    David to prove my point here it is on NBA.com outlining the top 16 clutch players in the league today.

    http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/vince_thomas/04/21/clutch20090421/index.html

  • sketch

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    Agreed! and if the refs would call LeHype for his charges and travels then he’d be trailing brandon roy!

  • David

    You guys are ignorant if you think Lebron’s game is 1 dimensional, you have obviously not seen him play this year. And I said Kobe is better in the clutch, so stop trying to convince of something I already agree with.

  • http://thelakersnation.com Dre

    T-Mac is right there’s is nobody in the NBA better then Kobe lebron all he can do is dunk he’s not a shooter and as far as d-fense kobe takes the lead and that too lebron james is just bigger and stronger to me Dwayne Wade is better than lebron and when T-Mac coms bak he will be better too

  • Adam

    listen t mac is right on saying the lakers are the favorite because they got bynum back and gasol isnt playing like a bitch. but to say the cavs aren’t really that good is one of the dumbest things he said. and of course all you laker fans out there are gonna be like hell yea he is right but to right off the cavs is dead wrong. if you watch the nba for as long as i have you will know that lebron isn’t just the shiny toy because he is new he is the truth, true kobe is the best in the league but lebron is not far from it on top of all you haters he just doesnt dunk. when the man is on fire he cannot be stopped. it wont be a walk through for the lakers vs cavs in the finals but im partial on who will win, if the cavs players step up like mo , and big z the cavs will win. if lamar and gasol play soft the lakers will lose

  • Ramon

    Im so glad people are starting to see what im seeing. I like Lebron but Kobe is far more superior. Lebron averages more only cuz hes younger and has to do more. Kobe paces himself so that he doesnt have to do to much and hes still only behind Lebron barely in most categories. Furthermore, as we all know, Kobe is more clutch, more finesse, more exciting to watch. The guy is amazing, hes so fun to watch because he has a multitude of ways in which he can score or get others involved. Hes not limited to driving in with a weak dribble, weak footwork, head down, full speed ahead to get a layup or dunk and then get bailed out by the refs.
    Kobe all day over Lebron. He is just media hype, just the next big toy to make money for the NBA when Kobe is the best and still as humble as ever. Hes not nearly as arrogant as Lebron. Artest better watch out cuz hes in trouble now, he must have a death wish. La in 5

  • Yao Daddy

    Everyone saying that the rockets should be upset for tmac for picking the lakers hasn’t heard the whole interview. tmac said “if the lakers can get by my rockets” then they’ll win it all.

  • tookewltim

    what now? rockets 0-4 against the lakers in the “season” don’t mean sheeeeet. rockets are 1-0 against the lakers in the playoffs. that’s what matters.

  • H-TOWN

    I CANT WAIT TILL THE ROCKETS RELEASE T-MAC TIRED ASS AKA INJURED PLAYER EVERY TIMW WE NEED HIM PUNK AZZ

  • Unselfish

    Didn’t anyone hear what Tmac said? Kobe would shoot 100 times a night if it were possible. He hit for 81 against the Raptors. 81! What kind of selfish, careless, show-off could do that! Wilt did it because he had to. Kobe, because he didn’t care, win or lose, he was going to get his. Yes he is a great player, no doubt. Lebron is better. He makes his team mates better. He has the same great shooting skill ability to create one on one. Lebron know one thing that Kobe doesn’t. You don’ thave to shoot everytime you get the ball. How many championships has Kobe won without Shaq?

  • EL10

    “Unselfish” you do have a point, Kobe has won no championships yet without Shaq. But I’m assuming you haven’t watched any of the 2000-2002 NBA Finals games, Lakers won some of those series EXACTLY because Kobe was selfish, because he CARRIED the Lakers on his back when Shaq and Co. could not. How many championships has Lebron won period? Zero. Kobe is the better player. His 3 championships > Lebron’s 0. Until Lebron wins 3 championships, I’d take Kobe any day.

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