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McGrady says Rockets 22 game win streak was harder than Heat’s

Mar 18, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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Is this really what it’s come to: we have to debate which 22-game win streak is better than another? Or harder? There have been three in the entire history of the NBA and we have pit them against each other?

I’m not sure that was Tracy McGrady’s intent, but that’s how it came off in an interview with ESPN’s Heat Index, talking about if the former Rocket is watching the Heat’s run (he is).

“I’m enjoying watching because of the unknown,” McGrady, by text, said of the Heat’s run. “But the way we did it was a lot harder. Having Yao [Ming] go out [due to injury] around the 12th game and Dikembe [Mutombo] filling his role was huge for our team. And we didn’t have three guys making $100 million.”

I don’t know if you can say winning 22 games now or then is harder because both are pretty ridiculous runs.

That 2008 Rocket team’s run was more improbable. The 1972 Lakers (33 wins in a row) had Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Gail Goodrich, all Hall of Famers. No doubt the current Heat squad is stacked with a few elite players like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The Lakers team won a title that year, the Heat are the defending champions.

That Rocket team had what should have been elite guys in McGrady and Yao Ming, but at that point their bodies were starting to betray them. They were the second best defensive team in the NBA that season for Rick Adelman, but they were pretty pedestrian offensively. They would win 55 games but that was just good enough to be middle of the pack in the West and due to the division alignment they were officially the five seed. Eventually they would lose to the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs.

The Rockets was a good team that just got ridiculously hot and a little hot and lucky for a stretch. It was improbable. That Lakers team was a powerhouse. It will be a few years before we can fairly judge this era of the Heat, but right now the 22 game streak doesn’t feel like something out of the blue, it more fits in with how good they really are.

But I don’t think it was easy for any of them.

  1. eureca323 - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    He is 10000% right. That Rockets team especially without Yao was not that great of a team. That team didn’t get out of the 1st round. Heat are 3 of the best players in the NBA including the best with the best shooters in the NBA all around them.

    Not really a comparison in terms of what was the more impressive feat.

  2. manchestermiracle - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Comparing teams from different eras is always a waste of time.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Yeah right, do you have any fact to prove your point.
      T-Mac has a good point.

  3. gofishus - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    ” The 1972 Lakers (33 wins in a row) had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Gail Goodrich, all Hall of Famers.”

    KAJ wasn’t on the 1972 Lakers, He was on the Bucks. I think you meant to say Wilt Chamberlain.

    • boobcok - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      Kareem was actually on the bucks team that derailed the Lakers streak along with Oscar Robertson.

      • fanofevilempire - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Lew Alcindor was on the Bucks not Kareem.

  4. loungefly74 - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Both streaks are impressive, no doubt.

    (on a side note)…never…never cared for T-Mac..the “anti-kobe”.

  5. kelvinmchale - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Who said it was easy for any of the teams?

  6. robones - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    All the Haters come out and play…. LOLOL! my goodness.

  7. brutl - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Maybe more difficult for them.
    But objectively it was not more difficult or impressive.

  8. dko83 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    He’s right.

  9. cantonbound13 - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Careful what you say to the sensitive Heat bandwagoners. I guess McGrady is a hater, right bandwagoners.

  10. realninerfan22 - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Lbj gets to frontrun for the rest of his career smh… Without lbj the heat are still title contenders. Lbj is a pure frontrunner

  11. badintent - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Deport T-Mac back to China. He can get some nice opium there and continue to dream he can still ball. His team was 2-19 at one point.Yo T , still watch cuz Vince Carter nail 3 s for Dallas ?Loser

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