Allen Iverson has perfect response to Hardaway’s crossover claim

Dec 16, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson speaks to the fans as he is honored during a ceremony for his induction to the hall of fame during halftime against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 16, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson speaks to the fans as he is honored during a ceremony for his induction to the hall of fame during halftime against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Allen Iverson delivered the basketball equivalent of ‘you made it a hot line, I made it a hot song’ when he spoke about Tim Hardaway and his crossover.

For anyone who was an NBA fan during the 2000s or cheers for the Philadelphia 76ers, Allen Iverson is still looked upon as a deity. Considering that the franchise hasn’t had much to celebrate recently, they like to look back to their past greats. So when the newly anointed Hall of Famer gave an exclusive interview with Bleacher Report, basketball Twitter took notice.

Anyone who had hoped for a good quote from him wasn’t disappointed. B/R didn’t shy away from Tim Hardaway’s infamous quote about inventing the “killer crossover” and that Iverson simply copied him.

When asked to deliver a response, Iverson briefly shut down the Internet:


Hardaway’s comment came off as sour grapes. Just because someone had the same playing style as him and came into the league during the tail end of his career, he felt the need to publicly bash him. That’s why this was as great a response as AI could have given to Hardaway who, deep down, was probably an Iverson fan. And while Hardaway was a great player in his own right, Iverson’s career accomplishments vastly overshadow his.

While Iverson and Hardaway didn’t last as long as many would’ve liked, their style of play still electrified NBA fans all over the world. Plus, you know what they say: the light that burns twice as bright burns half as long.

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While it would’ve been nice if Iverson dedicated that whole interview to bashing Hardaway, he talked about a lot of other subjects as well. For example, he spoke about the time he crossed up Michael Jordan, his MVP vote (Russell Westbrook) and that he trusts the process like many other 76ers fans.