Former 11-time NBA All Star Allen Iverson says he will never forget when he came to Los Angeles in his rookie year and Kobe Bryant declined to go the nightclub with him and instead went to the gym. In the 1996 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers took Iverson at No.
1, while No. 13 pick Bryant ended with the Los Angeles Lakers. "Remember when I came out to L.A. for the first time our rookie year? You picked me up at the hotel and we went out for some food, and you asked me what I was getting up to later," Iverson recalled in his contribution post for The Players' Tribune.
"I said I was going to the club. I mean, we in L.A.! I’m going to the club, Kobe. Come on, man. "And what did you say? “I’m going back to the gym”. "You’re probably the only dude in the history of the game where the mystique wasn’t exaggerated.
The Mamba was no myth, man. It didn’t even do you justice. One, two, three in the morning, we knew where you were. "Me and you, every single time we stepped on that floor, we were going to war. But it wasn’t an animosity thing.
There was never any beef. It was like heavyweight fighters beating the hell out of one another. And then at the bell, it’s nothing but love and respect. Greatness needs company, and we needed each other. Mike needed Prince like Prince needed Mike.
Tyson needed Holyfield like Holyfield needed Tyson. "Everybody needs that person to say, Oh, you’re the sh*t, huh? Well I’m the sh*t, too.
Iverson says he will never forget Bryant
Five-time NBA champion Bryant tragically lost his life earlier this year but he will always live in the memories of Iverson.
"Where’d the time go, man? That first trip out to L.A. feels like it was just yesterday. We were just kids, with everything in front of us," Iverson added. “What you getting up to later?” “I’m going to the club”.
“I’m going back to the gym”. "I’ll never forget that. "You’re not here on this earth anymore, but you’re not gone, either. You just say the name Kobe Bryant, and the memories come back in a split second.
"I can see you pointing your finger up in the air, walking off the court after you dropped 81 on Toronto. "I can see you jumping up in the air just like MJ after you won the title."