Michael Jordan was undoubtedly the most influential player of his era and impacted the league with his actions both on and off the court. If there’s someone who was in the same league as him in terms of impacting people, it was unarguably Allen Iverson.
Seeing them face off against each other during Iverson’s rookie season was a thing of beauty. We are sure every fan of the NBA remembers the iconic crossover against Jordan. Although the move was beautiful, Jordan took it personally and even joked about Iverson not loving him after embarrassing him like that.
“I went to a Charlotte Hornets game, and he had me come in and we in the back and me and him just sitting back and drinking and reminiscing or whatever, and I was like, ‘Man, I love you, man,’ Iverson revealed. “And he was like, ‘You don’t love me, you lil b****. You wouldn’t have crossed me up like that if you did.’ Man, and everybody in the room just bust out laughing, man. It was crazy.”
Crossing up Michael Jordan is unarguably one of the biggest moments in the life of AI. After all, he considers Jordan as his idol.
Looking at the smooth moves of Allen Iverson, anyone would fall in love with his game, and that’s what happened that day. The Answer made a name for himself by crossing over the greatest basketball player of all time.
The iconic crossover is one of the most beloved moments among the fans of Iverson. Evidently, they always wanted to know about what was going on inside the Philadelphia 76ers legend’s mind when he pulled that move. Well, in an interview, Iverson talked about it and gave an honest answer to it.
“All I could think about is I had no fear,” Iverson said. “I feared so many other things off the court but nothing on the court. (That crossover) was indicative of how I felt as far as being fearless on the court. We was at war. I looked at him as anybody else being in front of me. Coming into the league, I knew if I had the opportunity of trying my move that I was going to do it, and not be fearful of it.”
This mentality is what made Iverson one of the best players to ever play in the league. But being fearless doesn’t mean AI disrespected Jordan. It is clear from how Iverson described the feeling of meeting Jordan for the first time.
Moreover, Michael Jordan may talk about how he doesn’t love Iverson. It was all in good heart. If that wasn’t the case, the Bulls legend wouldn’t have congratulated Iverson on becoming a Hall of Famer back in 2016.
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