Monday, August 5th, 2013 at 3:27 pm  |  7 responses

Slamadamonth, SLAM #60: Tracy McGrady

Feb. 10, 2002: T-Mac terrorizes Dirk in the All-Star Game.

Originally published in SLAM 60

Honestly, you didn’t even need the dunk. You didn’t need to hear the stunned silence that filled the First Union Center. You didn’t need to listen in on Jermaine O’Neal’s postgame comments, where he called Tracy McGrady’s bounce off the glass (did he get an assist, too?) “one of the best dunks I’ve ever seen in a game.” You didn’t even need to look at this spread. Nope. All you needed to see was Dikembe Mutombo’s face.

The whole Eastern bench stood up after it happened—and stayed standing for almost a full minute, in fact—but it was Mount Mutombo who personified things. His expression was priceless. Slack-jawed, a dazed happy smile spread dopily across his face. A Dunk Contest look. A Vince Carter 2000 look.

Hell, just look at Paul Pierce. Right there, behind Tracy. Look at the expression. Joy. Disbelief. Surprise. The look of a little kid on Christmas morning. And this from a guy with plenty of hops himself.

The specifics: There was 7:55 left in the second. TMac tossed it, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki just watched him go by, wondering what in the name of Don Nelson was going on. Immediately beforehand, Jermaine had rebounded a miss and dropped a dime. “I gave him the ball, and he said, ‘Move over,’” Jermaine said. “I was lookin’ at what he was talkin’ about, and he threw it.”

And everybody stood.

Russ Bengtson

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  • Aaron Michael Murray

    McGrady God Bless you homie!

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Prime McGrady better than Lebron… easy

  • Tim Powers

    Man, I loved Tmac, I had this poster for the longest time, that dunk was so hot, everyone was talking about it in school the next day. What he did for that kid in the sniper attacks, was just awesome. Missing prime McGrady, dude never got to be as good as he could.

  • RedDragon10

    T-mac will always be one of my favorite players of all time.

  • KSupreme

    If he just managed his body like kobe…kobe and tmac would still be neck and neck

  • Leo Sepkowitz

    “Jamaal Tinsley tried this last night in the Rookie game…”

  • berkamore

    Toronto had Vince and T-Mac. Just imagine if they could have kept both……..

    T-Mac was something back in the day. When he was in Orlando, man……….