Tracy McGrady wrote last week that a dream for him would be the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA championship this season. McGrady, who scored a career-high 33 points in an NBA all-star game a decade ago, was asked Tuesday if his dream had changed over the past 10 years.
“I’m still hoping for it,” McGrady said with a laugh. “Because to me, when I grew up, I wanted the Dallas Mavericks to win it. I didn’t expect it. So when I grew up, those were my dreams.”
McGrady seems to have taken a liking to Curry, who plays right into his camp.
“He’s been doing it since day one,” McGrady said of Curry, “and I look up to the guy. It’s going to be a hell of a run.”
McGrady’s Warriors won the title in the 2012-13 season, becoming the first team to win a title with just one player born in the 1990s. Houston, with Stephen Jackson, Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady, was the first team in history to win a title with four players born in the 1980s.
McGrady had strong words for the players in the Eastern Conference, calling them “oversized” and not built to win titles. McGrady, who was born in Texas and played college ball at Duke, has a brother born in Texas and is a Houston resident.
“For me, personally, I feel that I always have been undersized,” McGrady said. “I always feel I could play at that position, or at least be able to give it my all, until the knees couldn’t take it anymore. So when the Finals rolled around, when Shaq, me and Pippen were in our prime, I was running between Dwight Howard and Dwight Howard, and those bigs like David Lee and LeBron are being called all these guys, they’re just not the league. Those guys weren’t built for the run and find-me-the-ball playoffs in the East.”
McGrady said he believes the Lakers, due to a small-ball philosophy, will be one of the teams to beat in the West.
“They just have very versatile athletes,” McGrady said. “They do different things, like switch on just about anything. … They have guys that can find guys to score and guys that can make plays off their dribble.”
McGrady also identified LeBron James and the Cavaliers as “probably one of the most physical teams, if not the most physical team, in the playoffs.”
“Like, no ifs, ands or buts about it,” McGrady said. “If you want to be the best, you’ve got to go through the best.”