Some Michael Jordan and Tracy McGrady historical past was launched on Wednesday’s episode of the “Knuckleheads” podcast. McGrady shared a particular story concerning the time he was nearly traded to the Chicago Bulls in trade for Scottie Pippen.
Michael Jordan vetoes Tracy McGrady commerce to Bulls
Tracy McGrady stated:
“Chicago needed me SO dangerous, bro … Draft night time, I nearly obtained traded for Scottie. They, uh, the night time earlier than the draft, Jerry Krause known as my agent, obtained me up 12 o’clock at night time, had me go to a secret location to take a bodily. It was about to go down, however MJ made the calls; ‘Yo, if y’all do this I’m retiring’”
Jordan and Scottie Pippen gained six championships collectively, so it is smart why Jordan would wish to preserve Pippen. The 2 have been a pair, and Pippen knew his position alongside Jordan and complemented his greatness properly. A participant like McGrady wants his personal area to shine on the courtroom, and Jordan most likely wouldn’t have needed somebody in his highlight on the Bulls.
Michael Jordan was a five-time MVP in 15 seasons.
McGrady entered the NBA straight out of highschool, chosen by the Toronto Raptors with the ninth general decide within the 1997 draft. He grew to become the face of their workforce in his three years as a Raptor. He then blossomed, changing into an All-Star for the primary time after being traded to the Orlando Magic in August 2000.
McGrady recalled how badly the Bulls needed him:
“Then after I was a free agent in ’99-2000, after that season, he got here again once more to attempt to get me, Jerry Krause. After I let you know he rolled out the purple carpet, bro, I imply, as quickly as I obtained off the aircraft, they’d a band, they’d the cheerleaders.”
McGrady ended up going to Orlando, incomes the Most Improved Participant award for the 2000-01 season.
The Corridor of Famer and seven-time All-Star averaged 19.6 factors, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per sport in 938 video games. Very similar to Jordan, he performed with an extreme quantity of aptitude. McGrady at all times knew find out how to get in and round the important thing, ending with poise and execution that will excite the gang.
To have the ability to see “Air Jordan” and McGrady on the identical workforce would have been completely particular. Balking on the worth of exchanging Scottie Pippen for McGrady, nevertheless, is an argument that almost all will aspect with Jordan on.
Jordan and Pippen are arguably the NBA’s most notable duo. Regardless, the mixed aptitude and tenacity of each Jordan and McGrady would have been legendary as properly.