Former Basketball player Allen Iverson also idolized Michael Jordan in his childhood, just like other basketball fans of his generation. Recently, Iverson recalled his epic crossover during his debut year, which embarrassed his favourite player. During a dinner party attended by many of the Fanatics, Iverson revealed that he kept telling MJ how much he loved him, and Jordan said “Man, you don’t love me like that, because if you did, you wouldn’t have crossed me”.
The time when Iverson embarrassed his idol
Iverson felt bad, but at the same time he responded to MJ by saying, “Mike, you were a casualty at War”. The Answer was the No. 1 pick in that year’s draft. During the match between the Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls, Iverson scored a goal against the greatest player of all time in the early days of his career. The match was highly anticipated, and when The Bulls’ Coach Phil Jackson asked MJ to guard Allen, the crowd stood to see who would come out on top. Iverson crossed Jordan and hit a jumper leading to the goal, which surprised everyone on the court.
The moment became big
Iverson didn’t let his inner fan dominate the moment when he went up against Jordan. The former also once revealed that he told his friends and family that he would make a move on Jordan if he switched out on him in their first meeting. Allen got his chance and didn’t disappoint. “I don’t even know what I did at that moment. I didn’t know how big it was until I went to a restaurant and saw it all over ESPN”. Said Iverson
The moment is still talked about today
The clip from the match between the 76ers and Bulls is still going viral on several social media platforms, and NBA fans still get amazed by the moment. MJ was lethal defensively, and it was unexpected for him to fall victim to one of Allen’s signature moves. However, it reflected the great skills of Iverson, who was as adept with the ball as any other player. Later, he dominated many defensive players with his technique and had a wonderful career.