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Tracy McGrady watched the Lakers play, feels bad for Kobe

Oct 23, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

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Lakers fans could have watched their team’s preseason win over Utah Tuesday night with a sense of optimism. Jordan Farmar looked good in the second half running the offense, Wes Johnson looked comfortable in the system on his way to 14 points, Xavier Henry was attacking, Jordan Hill looked solid in the paint. You could extrapolate out from that things aren’t as bad as some pundits predict for the Lakers.

That’s not what Tracy McGrady saw.

He was watching the Lakers game and tweeted this:

Ouch.

As there should be in the preseason, there is optimism in the Lakers camp… and by optimism I mean thinking they will make the playoffs. I’m not on board that train. Talent wins in the NBA and while fans can talk of improved chemistry and the rest, the best players win the most games in the Association. The Lakers replaced Dwight Howard with Chris Kaman and Metta World Peace with Johnson and Henry. Those are not upgrades. Nick Young is a gunner not an answer.

As I’ve said more than once, I expect Kobe Bryant to come back and not be terribly far from the Kobe we remember on offense — he’s become more of a jump shooter who uses his footwork and fundamentals to get the ball in his spots then get his shot off. That will not change.

The big issue is the Lakers are going to struggle defensively. You could see some of that against the Jazz Tuesday — Steve Blake struggled to defend Gordon Hayward and when he got broken down the Lakers (with Kaman out) just lost all defensive shape and integrity. With a slowed somewhat Kobe the Lakers perimeter defense is in question. The Lakers open the season against Chris Paul (with Steve Nash guarding him) and the West is flush with good, attacking point guards. That defensive integrity will be tested.

By the time he comes back, we all may feel for Kobe Bryant.

  1. money2long - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    i want to see xavier henry stick around

  2. antistratfordian - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    lol. stop being so forthright in retirement tmac!

  3. dminggia88 - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    He feel sorry for Kobe and Kobe feel sorry that he couldn’t score two points in garbage time during his lone and one trip to the finals.

  4. 00maltliquor - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Why does he feel bad for Kobe’s father?

    • redbaronx - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      “Luke….(Walton). I am your father!”

  5. kb2408 - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    No need to feel sorry for Kobe, he already has five rings and a spot in the HOF five years after he retires. I feel sorry for T-Mac. The only time he got close to a title, the Spurs gave it away.

    • apkyletexas - Oct 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Sacramento feels sorry for Kobe…

  6. opinevain - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Sorry but Gordon Hayward has 4-5 inches on Steve Blake so of course it would be difficult to guard someone bigger and faster

  7. jimeejohnson - Oct 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Kobe could certainly help a team with championship potential: imagine him on the Knicks, Bulls, Rockets, even the Heat. Whadya mean, “nope”? Kobe is to the Lakers what Joe DiMaggio was to the Yankees: face of the franchise on an international level. I bet Kobe likes avocado, too.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      “I bet Kobe likes avocado, too.”

      Who doesn’t like avocado? I’ll tell you: miserable people, that’s who.

      • 00maltliquor - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:45 AM

        Dead!!^ LOL

        Amen to that!

  8. rickwalia - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    This article fails to state that T-Mac tweeted this AFTER the first quarter when they were trailing and not after the game.

  9. camodaddy26 - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    I don’t feel sorry for somebody making $30 mil a year.

  10. raiderfool - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Lakers will be fine, its the other teams that will have injuries to deal with, GS with Curry always getting hurt and Bogut too, they will make the playoffs no doubt here

  11. raiderfool - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Poor useless and always bittter Tracy, god I feel for his legacy?, Oops he doesn’t have one

  12. saint1997 - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    If Nick Young is the answer according to some LA fans I dread to think what the question is

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