Gilas Pilipinas’ miraculous late-game run at the Asian Games semifinals caught the attention of an NBA legend no stranger to epic comebacks of his own.
In a snippet of a post-game interview circulating on Tiktok, Tracy McGrady is seen giving his two cents on the showdown that saw the Nationals beat host China to book a ticket to the Finals, where they would eventually end a 61-year gold medal drought at the tournament.
“When [China] was up nine… I thought it was in the bag,” said McGrady, who believed that China controlled the majority of the game. He wasn’t wrong; the Chinese led for most of the contest, and we’re up as much as 20 in the third quarter.
T-Mac was also confused about why China didn’t revolve its defense around the one player who was “making threes and big shots”, which alludes to Gilas savior, Justin Brownlee.
“I didn’t know why they didn’t double-team him, get the ball out of his hands, and make somebody else make a play.”
With the win for Gilas Pilipinas, McGrady believes China fumbled the bag, given that he sees the latter as the superior team.
“That was a pretty bad loss. Me, watching that game, the Philippines wasn’t better than China.”
But as any sports fan will attest, upsets are what make the game more exciting, and Gilas pulled off one heck of a Cinderella run. Watch a clip of Tracy McGrady’s interview below.
Tracy Mcgrady said: Chinese Team really shouldn't lose this game against Gilas Pilipinas. agree?