Kobe On Guarding Allen Iverson: ‘I Had To Study This Man Maniacally’ [Sports]
By Saahil Pawar
Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson were two of the most prolific guards of the 2000’s (Andrew Bernstein/Getty Images)
In what is now an era heavily dominated by point guards and even dubbed as ‘the golden age’ of the position, a large chunk of the 2000’s was instead run by volume-scoring shooting guards. The likes of Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Vince Carter, and Tracy McGrady are all examples of the explosive off-guard prototype but the two icons of this prolific era, are undoubtedly MVP winners Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers.
While both had differing play styles, Bryant and Iverson are regarded as two of the most heartless killers the NBA world has ever seen, absolutely dismantling their opponents defenses night after night, frequently en route to a 30+ point performance. Ever since the guards were drafted twelve picks apart in the 1996 lottery, the two have been subject to years of comparison, though it’s clear Kobe got the last laugh with his five championship rings.
Despite Kobe sustaining a higher level of success throughout his playing career winning wise, Iverson was the one who got the better of him in a 1999 …read more
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