Michael Jordan heaped the praise on Allen Iverson after the Sixers legend crossed him up as a rookie in the NBA and hit the jumper.
There is arguably no player better than the great Michael Jordan to play the game. Whenever Jordan played the game, he made sure to go out there and give his team the win. His illustrious career can tell us why he is considered the GOAT by many basketball enthusiasts around the globe.
There were very few players who could actually challenge the GOAT. The ones who did got humiliated by him, but the successful ones earned his respect. One of the players to go at MJ successfully was Philadelphia legend, Allen Iverson.
24 years back, a rookie Allen Iverson hit Jordan was a nasty crossover. Not only the crossover but also shot the ball over MJ. The move showed everyone how bold AI was. Going against the league’s best was not something everyone would even dare to do.
But, luckily for the 6-foot point guard, Iverson had one of the nastiest moves somebody ever did on the Chicago Bulls Hall-Of-Famer. MJ addressed in one of his camps about the infamous move:
“That was a great move. I’m never the type of guy that says, I can’t get shown up. I just try to limit those opportunities. So I’m gonna try to make it a 1-on-1 between Allen Iverson and myself. You never know, if we play 1-0n-1 again, I think he could beat me on the perimeter, but I could take him in the post. He’s a heck of a good player.”
24 years ago today, rookie Allen Iverson hit Michael Jordan with one of the most iconic crossovers ever. pic.twitter.com/tpDBiiwTKt
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“He’s a young talent and is gonna get better”: Michael Jordan opens up on a young Allen Iverson
Today, both the Hall-Of-Famers share a lot of love, camaraderie and mutual respect for each other. Although, years back when their relationship hadn’t evolved so much, Jordan still praised AI. Mike opened up on a young Iverson’s game:
“He’s a young talent. He is gonna continue to get better once he learns how to play the game on a much higher scale. Right now, he’s doing a lot on physical ability. He’s good, he’s quick. That’s a challenge for me to go out to him and his stature. He’s so quick and small. But it’s a challenge I won’t back away.”
24 years ago, Iverson made his infamous crossover on MJ. Here’s what MJ had to say about it when asked by a camper 🗣🗣🗣
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There is no doubting the impact these two greats had on the game. Whenever they went at it against each other, it was surely an action-packed and entertaining one. We should consider ourselves lucky to see these two generational players fascinate us the way they did.