Tyronn Lue is currently trying to figure out how to get the most out of the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2022-23 season as they return to full health. But back in the day, Lue was a solid bench player who bounced around the league and was focused on winning on the court rather than on the sidelines like he is now. Lue won two titles early in his career with the Los Angeles Lakers but also became the victim of one of the most famous plays in NBA history when Allen Iverson stepped over Lue after crossing him up.
Ty Lue opens up on his thoughts about Iverson stepping over him
Iverson's play has become a fixture in many NBA highlight reels, and for good reason. Lue would end up getting the last laugh, though, as his Los Angeles Lakers would go on to beat Iverson's Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 NBA Finals after Iverson's highlight reel play in Game 1 led Philly to take a quick 1-0 series lead.
Years later, Lue still gets asked about the play, and he doesn't appear to hold any grudges towards Iverson, who he is still friends with to this day. In fact, Lue has taken being the victim of Iverson's brutal step over in stride and had a hilarious reaction when asked about the play on a recent episode of JJ Redick's "The Old Man and The Three" podcast.
"You play hard, you're gonna get dunked on, you're gonna get crossed over, you're gonna get a lot of things. And then guess what? I'll always be in NBA history. They're gonna show it all the time. So I'm always gonna be relevant no matter what happens." - Tyronn Lue, The Old Man and The Three
Tyronn Lue's reaction to still being asked about the Iverson play is hilarious
Lue's reaction to continually being asked about the Iverson play is quite humorous, and it's great to see that he isn't upset about the play. Everything he says here is right; the greatest players will always get crossed up and dunked on because that's what happens when you play hard. And in the end, Lue is right in saying he will be remembered forever because it will be a while before fans forget about this iconic play.
So while Lue is more focused on guiding the Clippers back to prominence now that they are largely healthy, it was nice to see him take a trip back down memory lane on Redick's podcast here. Lue won't be on the court making any highlight-reel plays again, but he could etch his name back into the history books by helping the Clippers win their first-ever NBA title. If he can do that, fans may not bring up the Iverson play as much anymore.