Tracy McGrady

How Tracy McGrady credits Kings' Doug Christie for success as rookie


How Tracy McGrady credits Kings' Doug Christie for success as rookie

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.

“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.”

He was.

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.

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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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Steph Curry reminded of old times vs. brother ahead of Warriors-Blazers

Steph Curry reminded of old times vs. brother ahead of Warriors-Blazers

Steph and Seth Curry will become the first pair of brothers to face each other in an NBA conference finals series when the Warriors and Trail Blazers meet for Game 1 on Tuesday at Oracle Arena. While it will be a first for the league, it's a situation the two brothers have found themselves in quite often throughout their lives.

Their father, Dell, played 16 seasons in the NBA. Older brother Steph was the first unanimous league MVP in league history. And the younger Seth has a better career 3-point percentage than both of 'em.

Had to make for some pretty competitive games in the backyard, right?

You bet.

"He always loved Tracy McGrady. That was his favorite player growing up," Steph Curry said of his younger brother a day before Game 1. "Mine was Reggie (Miller). So it was kind of a little different era, but it was just back and forth, playing 1-on-1 ... It got pretty heated at times, like it does with brothers." 

"He always accused me of cheating when I didn't give him foul calls and all that type of stuff," Steph continued. "So, pretty standard relationship in that sense."

What about as adults? Do those 1-on-1 runs still take place today?

"We haven't really got to play in the summertimes as much recently, because of injuries and surgeries and different schedules and all that type of stuff."

Ah, right. Real life. Injuries. Something both brothers can relate to.

Steph, of course, saw the early portion of his career derailed by ankle injuries. The younger Seth has had his own share of poor injury luck, missing all of last season recovering from a fractured tibia. It came at a particularly inopportune time, as Seth was destined for unrestricted free agency this past offseason.

Seth ended up signing a two-year contract with Portland in July, and he's been a value-find for the Trail Blazers. Seth averaged 7.9 points per game during the regular season and gave coach Terry Stotts another solid option at guard behind the backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

It's not lost on Steph how far his younger brother has come in the face of adversity.

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"(Seth)'s had a very interesting journey to get to where he's at, dealing with some significant injuries and surgeries as well," Steph said. "For him to just grind and understand that he belongs on this level ... his confidence in himself never wavered, and he works hard."

"It's been fun to watch him defy the odds in that sense," Steph continued, "and be who he is."

Just like Steph, Seth's rollercoaster journey has brought him to the Western Conference finals, Portland's first in 19 years. It's certain to be a memorable experience for the two brothers, but once the ball goes up, it's bound to feel like old times.

Tracy McGrady sent Kevin Durant a DM to offer Patrick Beverley advice

Tracy McGrady sent Kevin Durant a DM to offer Patrick Beverley advice

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday night at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In the Warriors' Game 1 win over the Clippers, Kevin Durant registered 23 points (8-of-16 shooting), four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal.

With less than five minutes remaining in the game, he and Patrick Beverley each received their second technical fouls and were ejected.

In the Warriors' stunning Game 2 loss, KD scored 21 points on just eight shots (he went 11 of 12 from the free-throw line), but he committed nine turnovers and fouled out with 1:21 remaining.

Is Beverley's physical approach affecting Durant? Is the two-time NBA All-Defensive selection under the reigning two-time Finals MVP's skin?

"I'm saying that it has worked for the first two games," Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady said Tuesday on ESPN's The Jump. "I haven't really seen the MVP KD ... he's (Beverley) playing the game, and I think KD is falling into that with him. KD has to get to his spots."

McGrady -- who isn't close with Durant -- felt compelled to reach out to the 10-time All-Star on social media to share some advice.

"I sent him a DM today. I sent KD a DM today," McGrady said. "It's good for a small guy to get up under you because they have the leverage. That's great coaching by them (the Clippers) to put a smaller guy on him.

"What KD has to do is get in position and turn and face him. If he faces Pat Beverley, there's nothing he can do because you can't touch him. And then if he's doing all the crowding, all you have to do is go up and shoot and you're getting those calls because he's in your space.

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"Don't wrestle with this kid. Don't get involved in his antics. Just play basketball. But right now, he's out of his game."  

It's unclear at this point if Durant responded, but when Rachel Nichols looked at the camera and said: "KD, check your phone because Tracy has some advice for you," Kendrick Perkins (who was a guest on the show) chimed in with: "Oh, he's watching right now. Knowing him, he's watching."

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