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Old 12-08-2019, 01:23 AM   #1
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Default Classic Duel: TMac vs Dirk

Tracy McGrady: 48 Points
Dirk Nowitzki: 53 Points

Those midrange days...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CEkiqEJmys
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Old 12-08-2019, 01:52 AM   #2
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Damn. That was good. McGrady was so fluid for his size. Dirk turned it on in OT though. It was funny to hear the announcers reactions to their pull up 3 pointers like it was a super ill advised shot...well it was back then I guess. Now taking those is no big deal.
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Old 12-08-2019, 01:55 AM   #3
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Crazy seeing Dirk move like that. Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 12-08-2019, 02:15 AM   #4
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Thank you for this.

Two observations.

1) Interesting. Once there was basketball played in the NBA.

2) These two guys were lot better shooters than many 3 point specialists today. They may have been worse from deep or even fg% wise... but they shot the ball from anywhere on the floor. Not just set shots but pull-up jumpers, off the dribble shots, getting to the basket... everything.

The product was much superior. Some young guys would think I say this due to my age... but no. I'm older than that. The time the game took place I was 30 already, so if I was idolizing 'my youth' I should prefer the 80s and 90s . But I don't. To me the game was best from the mid 90s to the early 10s. Let's say 1994-2012.
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Old 12-08-2019, 02:59 AM   #5
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Crazy thing is TMac was already beginning his decline at that time. He peaked at 24. He was younger than Dirk but 7 years after this game, he was coming off the bench, a year away from China, while Dirk was still beasting and humiliating LeBron's ass.
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Old 12-08-2019, 03:37 AM   #6
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Crazy thing is TMac was already beginning his decline at that time. He peaked at 24. He was younger than Dirk but 7 years after this game, he was coming off the bench, a year away from China, while Dirk was still beasting and humiliating LeBron's ass.

Injuries will definitely do that. Injuries have robbed fans of so much greatness.
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Old 12-08-2019, 01:04 PM   #7
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The product was much superior. Some young guys would think I say this due to my age... but no. I'm older than that. The time the game took place I was 30 already, so if I was idolizing 'my youth' I should prefer the 80s and 90s . But I don't. To me the game was best from the mid 90s to the early 10s. Let's say 1994-2012.

This is why I think Hakeem Olajuwon was the best center I've ever seen.

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Old 12-08-2019, 01:16 PM   #8
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the offensive arsenal and repertoire of moves

far superior product

the current game of layups and 3 point shooting simply doesn't showcase the same level of skill
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Old 12-08-2019, 01:49 PM   #9
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I actually taped this game on VHS cassette as a kid lol
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Old 12-08-2019, 01:50 PM   #10
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Half of the league today wouldn't make it to this iteration of the NBA.

There are no free red carpet layup lines and infinite spacing for 50+ 3pt chucks a game.
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Half of the league today wouldn't make it to this iteration of the NBA.

There are no free red carpet layup lines and infinite spacing for 50+ 3pt chucks a game.

Idk about that but players today would probably literally be in tears if hounded on the perimeter by Bruce Bowen, Raja Bell, Chris Christie, Ron Artest.

Actually now that I think of it, you are right, as time goes on, regular season games are getting more and more like the All Star game.
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Old 12-08-2019, 02:48 PM   #12
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Idk about that but players today would probably literally be in tears if hounded on the perimeter by Bruce Bowen, Raja Bell, Chris Christie, Ron Artest.

Actually now that I think of it, you are right, as time goes on, regular season games are getting more and more like the All Star game.


Yeah players today would definitely be in tears facing this athletic beast. Tears of laughter.
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Old 12-08-2019, 03:08 PM   #13
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Yeah players today would definitely be in tears facing this athletic beast. Tears of laughter.

Doug Christie

My bad. Auto spell when I lumped Doug and Christie together as one word
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