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That time Allen Iverson stepped over Tyronn Lue

An iconic moment for an icon


You thought Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue was getting stomped on during the 2016 NBA Finals? That’s nothing compared with that fateful day 15 years ago.

That day marked Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals and with less than a minute left in overtime and the Philadelphia 76ers clinging to a two-point lead over the Los Angeles Lakers, Allen Iverson hit Lue, then a guard for the Lakers, with a crossover before sticking a jumper in his grill. Make it 48 points for Iverson with that basket. And even though the Lakers went on to win the championship, this is, arguably, the most memorable and revered play from the whole series.

Sorry, Lue.

At least he’s gotten over it.

“It definitely created buzz,” Lue told ESPN in January. “When I was going places it was, ‘Oh, that’s the guy Allen Iverson stepped over!’ Well, if you know that, then you know me. So that’s fine. I don’t have a problem with that. He’s going to arguably go down as probably the best player under 6-foot in NBA history, so I don’t have a problem with that at all.”

Ryan Cortes is a staff writer for The Undefeated. Lemon pepper his wings.