根據紐約時報報導，前湖人教練Del Harris 透露，當時的總經理Jerry West 希望在1997年的選秀當晚透過交易得到Tracy McGrady，並與Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal組成三巨頭。
不過，湖人擁有人Jerry Buss 最後推翻Jerry West的計劃，而Tracy McGrady被速龍選中，而放棄原因相信是拒絕交易當時的球星Eddie Jones。
引用As the Lakers’ longtime roster architect, West was famously smitten by the predraft workout performance that Bryant, then 17, unleashed against the longtime Lakers defensive standout Michael Cooper, who was an assistant coach by that point. As [Del] Harris tells it, Tracy McGrady had an even more impressive audition for the Lakers one year later, prompting West to make a brief but serious push to try to acquire McGrady’s draft rights and team him with O’Neal and Bryant.“I don’t think anybody can look at an 18-year-old and say he’s a Hall of Famer,” Harris said. “You couldn’t even do that with Jordan. And Kobe was a young 18 in his first season. He was still in a pretty normal teenage body, compared to when LeBron James came in and had a man’s body.
“McGrady came in the next year with a more mature body and worked out so well that Jerry kind of tooled around with the idea that maybe we should just go ahead and make a deal for whatever it took to get this guy — even though it’d be a step back in the short term — to have two guys like this on the same team.”
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