In a recent interview, Allen Iverson shared his favorite all-time starting lineup, consisting of a few legends of the game and two still pursuing their legacy in the league.
Mike and Kobe are Iverson's favorites
While appearing on Geto Boys Reloaded podcast, Allen Iverson opened up about his life and legendary NBA career. He talked about Larry Brown's impact on his career and life, making him a better person, and shared a message for everyone who was negatively commenting on his financial situation and spending habits.
On top of that, Iverson shared his all-time favorite players in the NBA, and sure enough, these are five absolute legends of the game.
"Mike, Kobe, and then LeBron, for me. And then Steph and Shaq."
Iverson has a special connection to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant because their relationship started when Iverson became an NBA player. Even though it might sound surprising to someone Iverson mentioned Curry's name, he's been his favorite player for a long time now. Iverson loves how effortlessly Curry scores the ball, which is a trait he possessed when he was one of the deadliest scorers in the NBA.
When it comes to Iverson taking Shaq as the best big man in the league, the host of the show Face mentioned Hakeem Olajuwon's name as the best center in the NBA. Iverson thinks Shaq faced tough competition on his way to four championships and was the one that really put on a show in the 2001 NBA Finals against Iverson and the Sixers.
"All the big men say that tough, and Hakeem is in the top three. It's Shaq, it's Olajuwon, it's the Admiral in the top five. Shaq had to play against the baddest centers."
If you ask any legend of the game to give you their all-time starting five, most of them would probably be able to come up with those names really fast. In sports, that is the ultimate sign of respect, when other athletes recognize you as one of the best or not even best, but their favorite and appreciate watching you play. That is what you want to hear and aspire to as an athlete and a competitor, getting recognized in your own community.