A year that seems like a lifetime

Updated: January 7, 2004, 9:39 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Tracy McGrady is damned if he does. Kobe Bryant is damned if he doesn't.

Last year, they were the top two scorers in the NBA and about all we could write about during the regular season. McGrady was leading his team and the league in scoring, while we tuned into the boxscore each night to see if Kobe had extended his 40-point scoring streak as the Lakers attempted to win their fourth NBA title in a row.

A year later, McGrady is no longer leading the league in scoring, and his Magic have the worst record in the NBA. Bryant faces more questions about his pending rape trial than about his team losing four of its last five games and seven of its last 10.

And everyone is looking at them wondering what happened and what they're going to do about it.