By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – For most Sixers fans under the age of 40, there is not a better moment in team history than Allen Iverson’s crossover, jump shot, and step over a fallen then Lakers guard Tyronn Lue in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals.READ MORE: Pete Rose Dismisses Sexual Misconduct Questions At Phillies' Alumni Weekend: 'It Was 55 Years Ago, Babe'
The two were recently in the same building when Iverson returned to welcome the Sixers crowd before a playoff game against the Boston Celtics. Lue is an assistant coach with Boston.
Iverson was recently interviewed by Slam Magazine’s Tzvi Twersky, and said the two are now close.
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“I was just into the game at that point,” Iverson said, setting the scene for the way he recalls his unforgettable crossover, jumpshot, stepover, of Tyronne Lue in Game 1 of the 2001 Finals. “We were battling during that game, me and him. Basically every time we played against each other, he always took a challenge when it came to me and tried to give his team what it needed to help them win. He stepped up to the plate, and I was hyped up at point.
“Once I hit the shot, he was right there and it was just a reaction. The strangest part about that is, me and him were big-time enemies when we played against each other; now we’re the best of friends.”
Iverson was wearing the Reebok Answer IV’s when the moment happened, which Reebok is re-releasing on August 10th, and will be sold at Foot Locker, Finish Line and Champs. They will retail for $115.
This past Spring, Reebok re-released Iverson’s original shoe, The Question.
READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW: The Answer IV Returns by Tzvi Twersky
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