Allen Iverson promised to 'destroy' Tyronn Lue before the 2001 finals

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Allen Iverson's most notorious moment in a truly fascinating career was his step over of Tyronn Lue during game one of the 2001 NBA finals between the L.A. Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers.

There is no doubt about it, that is the clip that has stuck with Iverson throughout the past 15 years and is still played now as he prepares to enter the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame as a first ballot entrant.

The Sixers may have lost that series 4-1 but the opening encounter win really showcased his true ability as the guard handed the Lakers their first and only loss of the playoffs that year.

As people look back on The Answer's career with fondness, his former teammate Aaron McKie shared a story on the Player's Tribune of how Iverson vowed to 'destroy' the now-Cleveland Cavaliers head coach before the game had even tipped off.

He said: "Take Game 1 of the Finals in 2001. Allen got all the pregame notes and clips, read how different guys were playing and what they were saying about him. He knew what to prepare for. He knew that the Lakers were going to use Tyronn Lue to try to shut him down.

"Allen took exception to that sort of thing. He'd say, 'You know what? I'm going to destroy this mother******.'"

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