Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to pay his respects to one of the all-time greats of basketball this weekend, Allen Iverson.
The Philadelphia 76ers retired the legendary 11-time All Star winner’s No.3 jersey on Saturday night, and a sell-out crowd turned out to mark the occasion.
Despite the 76ers' 122-103 loss to the Orlando Wizards taking the sheen off of what could have been a perfect event, Bryant endorsed Iverson’s legacy on Twitter, claiming that it had had an effect on his own career.
“Time has wings my brotha. Your game pushed my then 21 year old self to play beyond my years. Your impact on the game will be felt for generations. #salute #respect #96 #AI,” Bryant tweeted.
Iverson virtually single-handedly got the 76ers to a playoff place in 2001, where they managed to beat Bryant’s Lakers. Although Iverson’s team didn’t end up winning the championship that year, the man himself did take home the NBA’s MVP crown.
The 76ers are currently in a woeful vein of form, and have lost their last 14 games.