Tracy McGrady: NBA legend says Warriors could win four titles in a row

Curry (left) with Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook (centre)

NBA legend Tracy McGrady believes it is “going to be a hell of a run” for Golden State Warriors and that his former team would beat them for the league title again.

The American-born 32-year-old, who won back-to-back titles with the Toronto Raptors in 2006 and 2007, is now a Warriors analyst for TNT Sports.

Curry, DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant all played in Toronto.

McGrady has also tipped for success the New York Knicks, who signed Anthony Davis for $200m (£155m) last week.

“When [Curry] came out as a rookie and won a championship that was magical,” McGrady told BBC Sport.

“But [Bucks star] Giannis Antetokounmpo and [Celtics’ forward] Jayson Tatum are two guys coming up in this league and they’re guys that no one knew about a couple of years ago.

“Kevin Durant, who really wasn’t one of the brightest stars coming out of high school, he came out and found his niche. That is what Golden State is trying to do now.

“The stars on both teams are really young and they’re starting to understand the game a lot better.

“It’s going to be a hell of a run for them. It’s very difficult for guys to just completely adjust to the NBA system now and it’s a very different game as you can imagine.

“You look at what Anthony Davis has done in New Orleans and he’s a very talented, versatile player who can shoot the ball, can drive the ball and he’s explosive in both the paint and the pick-and-roll.

“When guys have that understanding of how to play in this league, this is the league that we all want to play in and this is the league I want to be in.”

Last season, the Golden State Warriors won a third successive NBA title and of the 103-team league, 24 won fewer games than McGrady did in his final campaign in 2010-11.

“The team I played on, we went 70-10 the first year and we all thought we were going to win two more titles in a row and we never did it. We didn’t live up to the hype,” said McGrady.

“It’s hard to sustain how good you want to be for an entire year and win another championship. But I see that happening this year. “

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