Allen Iverson To Kobe Bryant: ‘You Brought So Much Out Of Me’
Allen Iverson To Kobe Bryant: ‘you Brought So Much Out Of Me’

Arguably the two best guards and undoubtedly the two most popular players of this recent generation were Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson.

The two guards had a number of memorable battles, most notably in the 2001 NBA Finals when Kobe and the Lakers defeated Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers in five games.

Now that Bryant has officially announced his retirement, Iverson paid his respect with a brief, but powerful statement according to Ananth Pandian of CBS Sports:

To the Mamba,” Iverson said via SportsCenter. “You brought so much out of me like no other player ever has. There will never, ever be another player like Kobe Bryant. I love you bro and good luck to you.”

Iverson and Kobe had a lot in common as each was known for their outstanding scoring abilities and toughness on the court. Very few players have been able to consistently play through injuries and put their bodies on the line as much as these players did.

Kobe and Iverson were fierce competitors on the court, but they always shared that mutual respect. Each was drafted in the loaded 1996 NBA Draft that also yielded Steve Nash and Ray Allen, and even though Iverson’s career ended before Kobe’s, his impact was still great.

Kobe has said that the respect of his peers means more to him than anything else and he has certainly earned that. Current players like Kevin Durant and LeBron James have heaped praise on him, and Iverson has done the same for one of the NBA’s greatest.

Mad respect for A.I.

  • Two lions, two legendary warriors. Sometimes, when we look retrospectively at players like Kobe and Iverson, we are limited to stats and win and losses. We don’t really get the true meaning of the individual’s impact and visual excellence.

    Not only were these two tough as nails in their own right, but they had the ability to squeeze (like Jordan before them) the best out of the limitations of their teammates.

    I remember saying to my grandson, who hated that he was shorter than his brother. “Look at AI he’s smaller than everyone out there, yet he never let it stop him!” The little engine that could. Kobe’s the same way, all the great ones are.

    That’s why I love these two, this is an image for my man cave…

  • A.I. was a favorite of mine. He was so aggressive every game he played. I was a Laker fan but I always loved seeing him play. I really felt bad when he retired and I hope he is doing great. I respect his comments about Kobe, because I know Kobe had great respect for A.I. too.

  • great comment!
    alot of people say ai might look gangster but you know what i have alot of respect for him.
    ai is a legend no doubt….

  • pound for pound allen iverson is the greatest player ever.
    at 6 foot what 160 lbs?
    ai has to be mentioned in the GOAT conversation def in the top 10. maybe top 5 depending who you ask.
    you know how Kobe stole MJs moves?
    well i stole all of ai’s moves lol.

  • too bad he had lots of off the court issues, he should have been in the league a lil longer

  • Also a great comment, yep, he was great and I consider him a legend as well. There are only a few I give that compliment to, and he is one.

  • under-rated and almost forgotten.
    people forget how good he really was.
    ai scored at will noone could stop him.
    and he wasnt 6’6 either about the same as lou williams 6’foot.
    lou is 6’1 i think actually.

  • Agree, but just a correction for the forum, even though a.i. is “listed at 6 foot.” The truth is, he is about 5’10 or 11 with extremely long arms. Lou Williams is about 2 inches taller than him.

    Even in the picture Kobe is bent and he’s more than 6 inches taller than iverson.

    The guy was a true freak of nature, no explanation to explain how he could do the things he did. Except heart, which can’t be measured in a man…

  • yep id go as far as saying pound for pound no doubt ai is the best basketball player ever.
    incredible i loved him vs the 2001 Lakers.
    Kobe and him have history man…..
    PS dont tell him i stole all his moves lol.

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