Allen Iverson stepping over Tyronn Lue in the NBA Finals requires a deep rewind | 2001 76ers-Lakers

Allen Iverson stepping over Tyronn Lue in the NBA Finals requires a deep rewind | 2001 76ers-Lakers

– It’s June 6th, 2001,
Los Angeles, California. Last minute of overtime in
Game 1 of the NBA finals between the reigning champion Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers. L.A. is definitely gonna win this series. Nobody in their right mind
would predict otherwise. But right now, Philly’s up two points. Allen Iverson has the ball and the opportunity to all
but decide this opening game in favor of the underdog Sixers. This moment has the potential to transcend the overall
series outcome in NBA history. To fully understand why, we need to trace the paths
these people took to get here and grasp the incredible unlikeliness that they even made it this far. Let’s rewind. (mystical music) So these teams entered the
playoffs with the same record but they are not particularly alike. This Lakers squad is an absolute buzzsaw. Last season, they won a remarkable
67 regular season games, then had to scratch and claw
through close playoff series to eventually win Kobe Bryant and league MVP Shaquille O’Neal
their first championship. This year has been the inverse. Even among rumors of a Shaq-Kobe feud, L.A. won 56 games, great
but not incredible, but they finished the regular season on an eight-game win streak to clinch their division, then just mercilessly plowed
through playoff opponents. They swept the Blazers, swept the Kings, they even swept the one-seed Spurs and at no point was any of this close. They took those 11
straight playoff victories by an average margin of 15 points. Shaq has looked as dominant as ever. So has Kobe. And their supporting cast, dudes like Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, and the recently acquired Horace Grant, has run coach Phil Jackson’s
triangle offense brilliantly. Ask any expert and they’ll pick the Lakers to repeat as champions. Same with the odds-makers. As far as gambling is concerned, L.A. is the most heavily-favored
NBA finals team ever. And they opened this Game 1 by reminding everyone why
they’re a historically safe bet. Thanks large part to Fox’s shooting and Shaq’s sheer force on the inside, L.A. fired off a 16-0
run in the first quarter. By now, O’Neal has a commanding 44 points, which of course leaves one wondering how the Sixers are winning the game. Because, the Sixers? They did not coast into this
series like the Lakers did. Far, far from it. Just looking at this lineup
on the floor gives you hints of how much the Sixers
have changed this season and how many obstacles they’ve faced. Let’s start in the middle. This is Dikembe Mutombo. Four months ago, he wasn’t a Sixer. In February, Philadelphia was rolling. They had the best record in the NBA with an elite defense anchored
by center Theo Ratliff who had been selected
alongside Allen Iverson for the All Star game later that month. But on February 7th, disaster struck. In their last game before
the All Star break, Philly got smoked by Steve
Francis and the Houston Rockets, and worse, Ratliff
aggravated a wrist injury that was later shown to
be a stress fracture. It would require surgery and
sideline him for quite a while. Gunning for a number one
seed and a deep playoff run, the Sixers didn’t have that kind of time. And, as it happened, the
miserable Atlanta Hawks were ready to trade their star
defensive center, Mutombo. They didn’t mind taking the
injured Ratliff in return, but demanded another
key Sixer, Toni Kukoc, to get a deal done. It was a big swing for the Sixers to take, and though Philly wasn’t quite as dominant after the All Star break, Mutombo did win Defensive
Player of the Year and he’s been a crucial
part of this playoff run right up through tonight. It’s not like Dikembe
has slowed down Shaq. Nobody does that. But at the very least, Mutombo walled off the rim to penetrators, made Shaq work on the other end, and put some good, hard
playoff fouls on the big guy. Five of them, in fact. Guarding Shaq is frustrating. But it’d be way tougher if
the Sixers had just stood pat with an injured Ratliff on their roster. And we can’t talk about injuries without discussing these three guys, each of whom is guarding
Kobe Bryant tonight. They’ve done a good job, too, thanks in large part to
Eric Snow’s quick hands, Aaron McKie’s poise on the block, and Raja Bell’s fearless ball hawking, Kobe has as many turnovers
as baskets so far. But it took a lot for
any of these three guys to end up on the floor right now. The tough road the Sixers
faced after the Ratliff injury didn’t end in the regular season. During the second round of the
playoffs against the Raptors, key wing defender George Lynch aggravated a fracture in his left foot. He hasn’t played since. In the following round against the Bucks, Snow, another lockdown
defender, broke his foot, fracturing the bone around
the screw that had been surgically implanted in
his ankle months prior. And, amazingly, yet another
defensive specialist broke his foot tonight. It hasn’t been diagnosed yet, but when Sixth Man of the Year Aaron McKie came up limping in the fourth quarter, it was because of a chip
fracture in his right ankle. – [Announcer] McKie is
struggling, you can see. – So yeah, lots of broken feet on the court and stuck on the sideline. Oh, and Mutombo has a broken finger he suffered in the conference finals, and Iverson, we’ll get to Iverson. The point for now is these
Sixers are absurdly wounded, which explains why this
guy is on the court at all. Raja Bell is on the floor in
crunch time of a finals game and he is nobody. Or, at least, he was nobody. Bell went undrafted out of Florida International
University in 1999. He spent a season with the
Yakima SunKings of the CBA. The Spurs signed him before this season but played him literally
zero minutes, then cut him. Philly snagged Bell
right before the playoffs as injury insurance, and obviously, they have needed injury insurance. Tonight, he’s been an instrumental part of the brigade assigned to Kobe. He’s made some big plays in transition and he pulled off this truly
inspired feat of pivoting to cut into a small Lakers
lead a few minutes ago. So I guess my point is this. The playoffs have been so punishing that the Sixers are trying
to close out a finals game with two broken feet, a broken finger, a guy who started playing
NBA basketball months ago, and, well, we’ll get to Iverson’s
performance in the playoffs. I first want to make clear that Allen Iverson wasn’t
supposed to be here, like, for any of this. The fact that he’s even
on the team right now has a lot to do with Matt Geiger. Yes, Matt Geiger, the tall, bald dude who comes off the bench behind Mutombo and who has played some
solid minutes tonight. He splashed midrange jumpers while Mutombo sat with foul trouble before fouling out himself because, like we’ve established, guarding Shaq is pretty hard. How is a random bench player crucial to Iverson’s continued presence in Philly? Well, let’s go back a year, summer 2000. The Sixers were coming off
kind of a fraught season, with the main problem
being continued conflict between Iverson and Coach Larry Brown. Iverson had drawn Brown’s ire and eventually a team suspension by skipping practice and
being late for practice. It feels good for some reason
to repeat that word like that. Practice, practice. What were we talking about? Oh, right, we were talking about practice. The coach-star relationship
got so bad that, by the off season, all parties were openly
questioning the future. Iverson said continuing to play for Brown would be extremely hard. Brown mulled an offer to
coach at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, despite having just signed
an extension in Philly. And, after Brown ultimately
passed on the UNC job, the Sixers moved to get rid of Iverson. They didn’t just come close
to making that decision. They made it. Sixers owner Pat Croce engineered
a complex four-team trade. According to reports, it would have sent Iverson
and Geiger to Detroit, Jerry Stackhouse, Christian Laettner, and Travis Knight to Charlotte, and Anthony Mason, Todd Fuller, and Philly’s Kukoc to the Lakers. For surrendering their superstar, Philly would have come
away with Eddie Jones, Glen Rice, Jerome
Williams, and Dale Ellis. The deal was close enough to done that Croce called Iverson to let him know. But it was convoluted enough that any little moving part could foil it, and one did. Geiger’s contract had a trade kicker, a 15% raise in salary if he got dealt that he’d have to waive to make the four-team swap
work under the salary cap. Geiger refused. He didn’t want to go to Detroit. So Allen Iverson didn’t go to Detroit. He stayed a Sixer, and perhaps thanks to
facing down a near-breakup, the relationship between
Iverson and Brown healed. And here Iverson still is, hoping to be the hero for the Sixers. And you know what? I think it’s time to finally fully address the question I asked before. The Lakers are unstoppable. They’re cruising. The Sixers made a huge midseason trade and they’ve suffered innumerable injuries over their grueling playoff run. How the hell are they here, on the verge of stealing Game 1? The answer is The Answer. Allen Iverson has done everything. He is everything. Iverson was this season’s
scoring champion, averaging 31 points per game. No other Sixer averaged more than 12. Iverson also led the league in minutes per game and steals per game, which helped win him the Most Valuable Player
vote by a wide margin. A pretty poetic outcome after he stole a single
solitary first-place vote from Shaq’s otherwise
unanimous 2000 MVP Award. By the way, quick aside to acknowledge that I’ve mentioned a
bunch of awards, haven’t I? MVP for Iverson, Sixth Man for McKie, Defensive Player of the Year for Mutombo, and guess what? Brown won Coach of the Year, too. All that for one team in the same season has never happened before. But yeah, the star around
which all those people orbit is definitely Iverson. The Sixers would be nowhere without him. It was clear in the regular season and even clearer throughout
this gauntlet of a playoff run. While the Lakers laughed through
a breezy 11 straight wins, the Sixers fought uphill
from the very beginning. Philly dropped Game 1 of the first round against the eight-seed Pacers because of this last-second
three-pointer by Reggie Miller. So Iverson took over, scoring 110 points over
the next three games to get the Sixers out of the series. Next round, the Toronto Raptors, featuring one of the only people on Earth capable of matching Iverson’s
production on any given night. And so he did. Vince Carter scored 35 to
Iverson’s 36 to open the series and the Raptors stole
Game 1 in Philadelphia. Iverson responded by
hanging 54 on the Raptors and his team needed all of it. Snow was the only other Sixer to even score in double figures, but Philly secured a close Game 2 victory. At home in Toronto for Game 3, Carter came firing right back, dropping 50 in a blowout Raptors win. Iverson struggled a bit during Game 4, but got a boost from Mutombo and McKie and hit a big late three to
help the Sixers tie the series. And in Game 5, A.I. turned
right back into the MVP with 52 points on just 32
shots in a blowout win. Toronto evened things back up in Game 6 and by Game 7, Iverson
was running on fumes and hurting badly after falling hard on his already-injured left hip. But Carter blew his chance to be a hero. He made headlines by attending his college
graduation in North Carolina the morning of Game 7, then he went cold from the field
throughout the game itself. But with time winding down, Carter had the ball with
everything on the line, got a pretty good look at
the series-winning shot and just missed it long at the buzzer. The Sixers survived the
Eastern Conference Semi-Finals by the narrowest of margins. – [Announcer] The Sixers hold on and advance to conference finals! – [Host] Next battle, Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. Iverson put up 34 in a Game 1 win, but the hip and a bruised
tailbone started to bother him. He shot poorly and was outplayed by Milwaukee’s Ray Allen in a Game 2 loss. The pain got bad enough that Iverson sat for Game 3. Philly competed valiantly but fell behind in the
series without their star. Iverson didn’t play great upon returning for games four and five, and on top of his preexisting conditions, got a tooth knocked out. Mutombo, though, stepped up big time to help the Sixers swing the
series back in their favor. And then there’s Game 6. Game 6 didn’t look like
a big deal on paper. The Bucks won by a pretty wide margin to send the series to a decisive Game 7. But it was big for other reasons. Reason one is that Iverson woke up. The Sixers got humiliated
in the first half. Ray Allen went on a 17-0 run by himself. – [Announcer] Ray Allen
spotting out for three. Bang! (laughs) – And Milwaukee led by as much as 33. But for whatever reason, Brown left some of his exhausted starters on the floor late in the game and they narrowly came back. Iverson fully shook out of his funk for a ridiculous 26-point fourth quarter, and the Sixers lost Game
6 by just 10 points. Another reason Game 6 mattered is that the Bucks had been battling
the refs all series long. Glenn Robinson, who’d
been ejected in Game 4, complained about the foul differential. Ray Allen complained that officials had missed a goal tend by Mutombo on his final attempt to win Game 5. Allen even came right out and said the league was hoping to put
the Sixers in the finals. He and Coach George
Karl complained so much that they’d eventually get fined. And in Game 6, Milwaukee’s
conspiracy theory got a little more fodder. Starting power forward Scott Williams put a kind of hard foul on Iverson, and after the game, it was surprisingly
upgraded to a flagrant two, which led to Williams’
suspension for Game 7. So Iverson’s slump was busted, the grumpy Bucks were depleted, and as a result, Philly owned Game 7. And that is how Allen Iverson got the Sixers into this Game 1. And now he has a chance
to get them out of it. That itself is kind of a miracle. While the Lakers went
on that big early run, Iverson was cold. He missed four of his first five shots and coughed up a couple
of unfortunate turnovers against the defense of
Kobe and Derek Fisher. But at the end of that first
quarter, he came alive, sparked by some transition opportunities and a couple J’s from one of his pet spots just inside the arc on the baseline. From there, A.I. just took over. Fisher couldn’t hang and all the L.A. big guys
could do was foul him. Iverson finished with 30
points in the first half, five short of Michael Jordan’s
record for a finals half. That gave him exactly 100 points over the last seven quarters, going back to the Bucks series. Iverson was on one. That said, after his 30-point first half, Iverson has only 46
points here in overtime. Relatively speaking, he has slowed down. That’s because Phil Jackson
tried something different. This guy. The Lakers picked up Tyronn
Lue on Draft Night ’98 but they’ve barely used him since. Lue played a total of just
61 regular season games in his first three years and had no role in the
2000 championship run. Lue barely made this
year’s playoff roster, earning the last spot over the injured and
disgruntled Isaiah Rider. The most minutes he’s played in any of these Laker playoff games is 11, and that was on a night L.A.
beat the Spurs by 39 points. Lue’s main role heading into this series was to impersonate Iverson against L.A.’s first-unit
defense in practice, since he’s little and quick
like the Sixers’ start. But what if, instead of being Iverson, Lue could beat Iverson? Coach Jackson put his backup on the floor in the middle of the third quarter and Lue made him look brilliant. The Lakers have stuck with him. His quick feet allowed him to put a ton of pressure on Iverson, either nagging him into
turnovers and tough shots or just forcing the ball away from him as part of super aggressive double teams. Lue had the announcers gushing over his outstanding defense
just a few minutes ago. – [Announcer] Iverson will be dreaming about Tyronn Lue tonight. – [Host] And I’m pretty sure when the P.A. system asked
who let the dogs out, the crowd responded by Tyronn’s last name. ♪ Who let the dogs out ♪ ♪ Lue, Lue, Lue ♪ – [Host] The only reason
Philly has this two-point lead is because Lue fell down
on offense a minute ago, allowing Iverson to line up an
open three at the other end. And now, here we are, two-point game. The man with the ball has been
battered all playoffs long, but he’s been playing up to
his MVP status in spite of it. The man standing in his way is getting the first real
playoff minutes of his career and he’s made the most of them so far. Around Iverson is the wreckage of three controversial debilitating
playoff series before this, broken bones and bench
warmers pressed into action. Some of these guys weren’t
even around a couple months ago and Iverson himself might not be around if not for the choices
of a middling roleplayer. In any event, these Lakers are a
powerhouse defending champion very, very unlikely to
surrender the series. But just for now, just for tonight, Iverson has a chance to
put Game 1 out of reach. A bucket here would cement
an iconic isolated moment in what should otherwise be a series loss for these massive underdogs. Okay, let’s watch. Welcome to a moment in history. – [Announcer] Iverson! How about that? It’s over, Tyronn Lue! (TV clicks off)

100 thoughts on “Allen Iverson stepping over Tyronn Lue in the NBA Finals requires a deep rewind | 2001 76ers-Lakers

  1. I went nuts when Iverson stepped over Lue.Sixers lost in 5 but that was the most memorable moment of the series.

  2. Bro at 11:28 the raptors miss the shot to win the series but in 2019 kawi lenorad hit the clutch shot on the sixer 😭😭😭
    (I am a sixers fan)

  3. When you realize that in 2001 Vince had a chance at a buzzer beater to eliminate the Sixers in a Game 7 to face the Bucks in the ECF, then 18 years later Kawhi had the exact same, identical scenario, but made the shot. Luckily Iverson was my favorite player, then and Kawhi is my favorite player, now.

  4. I forgot Kukoc was part of that deal. If the Sixers were able to keep Kukoc and gave up Lynch possibly. Kukoc championship experience and Scoring could’ve been key in that Finals series

  5. Kawhi made the shot that Vince Carter didn’t and avenged the Raptors against the Sixers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals this year.

  6. Any time i see that play of AI hitting that shot n walking over Lue it Still gives me chills in my 76ers loving skin

  7. Iverson won the hearts of many that night. His heart after going through everything he went through is why he is and will always be an all time legend.

  8. IF you watch closely, Iverson moved his pivot foot before making his move to shoot. He traveled. Of course they don't call that in the NBA. Take away the ability for the NBA players to travel and carry the ball, and most woud be average or below average.

  9. You said no one can slow down shaq you need to do your research Dennis Rodman once shut down shaq so badly that he went scoreless in second half

  10. 11:25 same situation as this year same teams same number of games almost the same spot on the court only Vince missed and kawhi made it coincidence also the bucks made it to the next round

  11. Idea for next rewinder: Pete Webber who do you think you are, I am!

  12. 2001 Allen Iverson play off run is the greatest playoff run by any player ever. Better than 07 LeBron 93 mj and 19 kawhi

  13. Definitely a moment in history! Definitely a night to remember for lue too, it's the night he got bitched by one of the Nba's Greats!

  14. That's more than a flagrant foul by Scott, it was assault,he made no attempt to get the ball, block or steak with his hands, look how far his elbow is from his body. I'm surprised they call it cause the officials don't favor Iverson. In after winning game 1 finals, against Lakers, ingame two the league leader I free throws took 20 shots and got no foul calls even after iverson spoke to the ref telling them he's getting fouled & took out for it

  15. The 2001 Sixers had more injured guys on their roster in the finals than Argentina in the 1990 FIFA World Cup…

  16. 🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️ making it more than it is… Lakers needed that speed it was unexpected Lue was goin to play like that. Right before that play Lie was taking it to Iverson. This particular play was Iverson showing him he will never be as good as him. It was a battle.

  17. Vince Carter, Shaq, Kobe, Lebron, Iverson, Garnett, Ray Allen, Baron Davis, Mutombo, all in their prime. It was so much better than this generation of basketball

  18. The stories are good, but the titles are clickbaity as hell. 16 minutes of info that make the final 20 secs actually connected to the title seem anti-climactic.

  19. Can you guys do one of game 6 of the 2001 NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Bucks and 76ers where Ray Allen when off for 9 3-pointers for 41 points and Allen Iverson scored 25 points in the 4th quarter to finish with 46?

  20. That scene in white men can't jump when Damon wayons says"you tryna embarrass me on TV" is what Iverson said to Tyron lue

  21. Fun fact: the top 2 for the NBA’s All-Time Postseason Points Per Game are as follow.

    1. Michael Jordan (33.45)
    2. Allen Iverson (29.73)

  22. Love your stuff man! I ran across your videos a days ago and have binge watched all of these. I love sports history and wish I could do what you do! Keep putting out content cuz I'll watch it!

  23. Probably should did a rewind on the infamous practice interview. Iverson was sarcastically commenting on how he's here talking about practice when his best friend had just died. He said this during the press conference not too long after his rant – "I'm upset for one reason: 'Cause I'm in here. I lost. I lost my best friend. I lost him, and I lost this year. Everything is just going downhill for me, as far as just that. You know, as far as my life. And then I'm dealing with this. … My best friend is dead. Dead. And we lost. And this is what I have to go through for the rest of the summer until the season is all over again."

  24. Without mentioning the fact that Lue was holding Iverson on every single play, this video can't be taken seriously. Horrible video. F*ck Tyronn Lue sorry ass. One of the worst players in NBA history

  25. When NBA was exciting. Before the super teams. Guess who's going to the final this year.
    P.S. not a trick question 😐

  26. 2001: Carter misses game winner in game 7 of semis vs Philly

    2019: Kawhi makes game winner in game 7 of semis vs Philly


  27. Iverson gets a bad rap for the "Practice? Practice!?" statement but people either don't know or forget his best friend had been murdered just days prior.

    He'd been out dealing with that and came back the following day and the reporter was harping about him not going to practice.

    His reaction was justified but the 2 second sound bite is the only thing that is ever shown.

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