Kobe Bryant is one of the most confident athletes you’ll ever come across. So it’s no surprise that he would say that he’s the best one on one player of all time.
In an interview with ESPN, Kobe told a story about how he beat Tracy McGrady in a game of one on one.
“I played T-Mac. I cooked him. Roasted him. Wasn’t even close. Ask him, he’ll tell you. When I was about 20, we were in Germany doing some promotional stuff for that other sneaker company and we played basketball every day. We were in the gym all the time. We played three games of one-on-one to 11. I won all three games. One game I won 11-2. After the third game he said he had back spasms and couldn’t play anymore.”
Well one thing we know for sure, McGrady did have a history of back spasms, so that part we can be sure it probably true. The fact that Kobe told this story, I can only imagine he didn’t want him to. It’s no shame in losing to one of the greatest players ever.