Tracy McGrady leaves behind an illustrious 14-season career with accolades including seven NBA All-Star and seven All-NBA selections, a two-time scoring champion as well as a Hall of Fame induction.
McGrady turned 41 on Sunday which was the perfect time to take a trip down memory lane to when he was just a rookie. He talked about how Kings legend Doug Christie played an instrumental role during the infancy of his run.
During a recent interview on "All the Smoke," McGrady said a big part of his hot start as a rookie with the Toronto Raptors was all thanks in part of the matchups he had with former teammate Christie.
— Brenden Nunes (@BrendenNunesNBA) May 22, 2020
"I love Doug," McGrady said. "I played Doug on one-on-one every day -- we were just going at each other -- and that's how I was working on my one-on-one game and building my confidence up because I know he was a great defender, he was a hell of a defender."
Christie earned three All-Defensive Second Team honors and was part of the First Team in 2003. McGrady was also one of the most difficult guys to cover -- he owes part of that to Christie.
He's part of many who recently shouted him out.
In the last 3 weeks Jamal Crawford, Jason Terry and Tracy McGrady have all credited @TheDougChristie for their careers. Enough said!
— Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) May 23, 2020
For McGrady, he knew going up against one of the best in the game, he would be able to handle anything.
Appears that worked out beautifully.
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How Tracy McGrady credits Kings' Doug Christie for success as rookie originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area