According to T-Mac, it’s not even close. Cornered at LAX by TMZ paparazzi, Tracy McGrady said that Kobe Bryant was a tougher matchup than Michael Jordan. (Kobe recently named McGrady the hardest player to guard that he ever faced): “At least one NBA star is willing to say it — Kobe Bryant is a much tougher opponent than his airness, Michael Jordan was, at least according to Tracy McGrady. McGrady was responding to Kobe’s recent comment that T-Mac was the hardest player he ever had to guard — so, we expected him to throw a little praise back at Kobe. [...] McGrady wasn’t just being nice and actually went out of his way to say it’s ‘not even close’ who his toughest assignment was on the court. Remember, McGrady checked Jordan during MJ’s final title run in Chicago … when he was still making players look foolish.”