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Former NBA star Tracy McGrady, appearing on ESPN’s The Jump along with Rachel Nichols and Brian Windhorst made a bold proclamation while discussing the work done by Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman at the trade deadline.
“He’s done a phenomenal job,” McGrady said. “He gets an A-plus for bringing in the right pieces to not only make this team a contender getting out of the Eastern Conference…. in my opinion, now, they could possibly win this whole thing.”
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 15, 2018
That brought claims of surprise from Nichols and Windhorst, but McGrady explained his reasoning.
“This is, I think, the best team LeBron (James) has been assembled (around) since being in Cleveland,” he said.
“You know, they won a championship, two years ago?” Windhorst asked McGray.
“They did, but they didn’t have this much depth and they didn’t have to play against Golden State with Kevin Durant,” McGrady countered.
Windhorst then made a point that with the Cavaliers no longer having Kyrie Irving, a buffer for LeBron James has been removed.
Again, McGrady countered.
“They don’t have Kyrie, but they have other guys that can create their own shot,” he said. “Now, they’re not as talented as Kyrie to go out and get 29 points in a Finals. But, I think they have enough guys that can do similar things and it equals what Kyrie brought.”