Coming off Los Angeles’s first championship victory since the Showtime Lakers days, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal were looking to defend their crown in 2001 NBA Finals against the league’s reigning MVP at the time, Allen Iverson.
“The Answer” as he was known, was universally recognized as the best point guard in the game and caused a headache for many of his opponents. His deadly crossover and jump shot was something to behold. The problem was, those around him did not provide much help which is why his run to the finals, to begin with, was remarkable.
The Lakers on the other hand were the prohibited favorite with the dominant Shaquille O’neal and superstar talent Kobe Bryant by his side. To this day, it is known as one of the best duos of all time.