Nearly 15 years ago today, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Allen Iverson stepped over the Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyronn Lue after a made shot in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on the way to one of the most surprising upsets of the playoffs.
The Lakers would go on to win the championship, and Iverson’s step-over was etched into basketball lore as an epic moment of confidence and embarrassment.
On Saturday, during Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron pulled a move that seemed awfully similar on the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green in the fourth quarter. The only issue was it came from a place of frustration, not confidence — the game out of reach for the Cavaliers and the team on the brink of going down 1-3 in the best of seven series.
The irony here, if you wish to call it that, is that Lue is currently the Cavaliers’ head coach, making him feel a bit on the losing end of this move as well. James, one of the greatest to ever play the game, played well of course. He scored 25 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and dished out 9 assists. But something tell us no one will remember that. His team lost, 108-97. And instead, we’ll likely remember his attempt at intimidation in Game 4 as a failed moment. On to Game 5, where the James and the Cavaliers will face elimination.
source: huffingtonpost.com by Maxwell Strachan