Jerry West Wanted Tracy McGrady to Join Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal

Former Lakers GM Jerry West became soft with Tracy McGrady streamer into a 1997 NBA Draft, and attempted to form a three-headed beast in Hollywood with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.

In a end, owners Jerry Buss shot down a idea, and T-Mac finished adult in Toronto.

Those opposite a pull to breeze McGrady didn’t wish a Lakers to give adult Eddie Jones and what they felt was a shot during a championship.

Per a NY Times:

As a Lakers’ longtime register architect, West was famously soft by a predraft examination opening that Bryant, afterwards 17, unleashed opposite a longtime Lakers defensive standout Michael Cooper, who was an partner manager by that point. As [Del] Harris tells it, Tracy McGrady had an even some-more considerable try-out for a Lakers one year later, call West to make a brief yet critical pull to try to acquire McGrady’s breeze rights and group him with O’Neal and Bryant.

 

“I don’t consider anybody can demeanour during an 18-year-old and contend he’s a Hall of Famer,” Harris said. “You couldn’t even do that with Jordan. And Kobe was a immature 18 in his initial season. He was still in a flattering normal teenage body, compared to when LeBron James came in and had a man’s body.

 

“McGrady came in a subsequent year with a some-more mature physique and worked out so good that Jerry kind of tooled around with a thought that maybe we should only go forward and make a understanding for whatever it took to get this man — even yet it’d be a step behind in a brief tenure — to have dual guys like this on a same team.”

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