NBA legend Allen Iverson reacted to Kenny Smith ranking Kobe Bryant at 11 and LeBron James at 10 of his all-time best players. AI did not agree with Smith at all.
According to Iverson, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal are basketball royalty with Jordan being the best ever.
“Bean was Black Mamba, man. He’s automatically top five. Automatically, when it comes to me. Like, I ain’t never seen nothing, besides Black Jesus [Michael Jordan], amen, I ain’t never seen nothing like it. When people talk about how he basically copied Mike, I mean, why would you copy anybody else? If I was 6’6…I tried to copy Mike, but I’m just six feet. I tried the best that I could to emulate that guy, man, because that was the greatest that I’ve ever seen in my life. That’s why I love The Last Dance. I get to brag. While everybody was watching The Last Dance, I was able to say, “See, I told y’all.” I even saw stuff that I didn’t know, obviously. But it was a great moment for me after it was all over, and I was able to say, “See, I told you that he’s the best ever.
As great as Kobe is, great as LeBron is, [Jordan is] Black Jesus, man. I love some goddamn LeBron James to death. I got a different type of love for LeBron, because I know him in person. He’s a better person than he is a basketball player. I know him, his family, his homeboys, all great dudes. I love Kobe. I didn’t know Kobe like that, but as a basketball player, Kobe was the most vicious. Those three guys, along with Shaq, are like basketball royalty to me.”