Yesterday was the 21st anniversary of Philadelphia 76ers Allen Iverson’s greatest moment of all time. The legendary step-over has been glorified as one of the game’s most disrespectful moments of all time. Allen Iverson’s legacy will last forever throughout the NBA. Two decades ago, he also had the famous “practice” rant. Not only, did he give the world two of the most iconic moments in basketball, but he also changed the game forever.
“We sitting in here – I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we in here talking about practice. I mean, listen: We talking about practice. Not a game. We talking about practice,” Iverson said. “Not a game. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last. We talking about practice, man.”
Iverson’s impact on bringing swagger, attire, and attitude to the game will never be unrecognized. The 2001 season, where Iverson managed to carry the Philadelphia 76ers to the finals and play the high-powered Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal’s Los Angeles Lakers was special. While he was obliterated in that series, he made sure he gained the respect of the world before it was over. One of those moments that helped cement his legacy and respect amongst the league came at Lakers PG Tyronn Lue’s expense.
21 years ago today, Allen Iverson gave us this iconic moment, stepping over Tyronn Lue 😤 pic.twitter.com/m9H2pbS0Wj
— ESPN (@espn) June 6, 2022
Why was This Moment so Disrespectful?
This Allen Iverson moment resonated so much for people because of the relatability it brings. If anyone has ever played in their local park or with friends after a good play is made, naturally, there are words shortly after. Many people talk “trash” after big plays or some say nothing and just stare into your soul. Iverson’s moment was a bit both on the grandest stage of them all.
The move meant more than just embarrassment as well. Iverson represented the “hood” or urban culture. He represented a beacon of hope for the city of Philadelphia and allowed many to inspire to do what he did. He was an undersized guard; however, he was freakishly athletic and seemed to be more obtainable than the likes of other NBA stars. Many looked up and many still model their games after Iverson.
Allen Iverson will go down as one of the most influential players in the NBA ever.