During his dominant run with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan was the most feared player in the NBA. He would destroy teams with his incredible scoring skills and get in the head of his opponents by talking trash.
Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson was feared as well during his prime years in the league. Jordan was his favorite player growing up, so the Georgetown product tried to emulate everything his childhood idol did on the basketball court.
Everyone remembers Allen Iverson crossing over Michael Jordan during a game in Philadelphia. However, some fans may not recall the time when the Bulls icon scared A.I. by telling his best friend on the Sixers it was the wrong time to check into the game since he was coming in as well.
Allen Iverson relives his crossover on Michael Jordan
Allen Iverson will never forget March 12, 1997. That’s the day he crossed over Michael Jordan in front of the Sixers crowd and had the entire NBA world buzzing.
The 11-time All-Star spoke about his legendary move on Jordan with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on the All The Smoke Podcast.
“This that young boy sh*t, you know what I mean. You ain’t seen nothing like this. And then I heard Phil Jackson call him out. He called him out on the switch. Come here, man,” Iverson said. “Now imma try my move on the best person that I’ve ever seen play the game. Now imma see if this move is real. And now I’m like oh sh*t, and the craziest part is I didn’t know what I did until ESPN and errbody else talking about it. I hit him with that thang.”
Jordan and the Bulls wound up defeating Iverson and the Sixers by four points, but all anyone remembers from that game is the Sixers guard crossing over the best player in the game. MJ finished with 23 points, five rebounds, and three assists, while The Answer put up 37 points, two rebounds, and four assists.
According to Iverson, Jordan talked a lot of physical trash during games. There was one time when His Airness told Iverson’s best friend on the Sixers that he probably shouldn’t be coming into the game at the same time as him.
When he heard Jordan say that, the 2001 MVP was scared for his teammate.
Michael Jordan told Aaron McKie to not come into the game
Aaron McKie was Allen Iverson’s best friend on the Sixers, which is probably why Michael Jordan talked trash to him during a Bulls-76ers game.
Jordan started one game against Iverson and Co. 6-of-6 from the field. After the six-time Finals MVP got some rest on the bench and was ready to check back into the game, McKie was set to come in as well.
According to Iverson, Jordan went up to McKie as they were both about to check in and said, “Look McKie, I don’t think this is a good time for you to come in right now.”
Iverson was scared for his best friend because he knew Jordan was 6-for-6 and feeling good. The confidence the Bulls superstar played with was spectacular.
Air Jordan and Bubba Chuck had phenomenal careers
Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson are two of the greatest players in NBA history. Both guys are in the Hall of Fame and basketball icons.
While he never won a championship, Iverson was a gifted offensive weapon during his prime. He won four scoring titles and guided the 2000-01 Sixers to the NBA Finals. Bubba Chuck finished his career with averages of 26.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists.
Meanwhile, Jordan won six titles, six Finals MVPs, five regular-season MVPs, and one Defensive Player of the Year Award with the Bulls. He averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists during his legendary career.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.