In a recent article for The Players’ Tribune, Kobe Bryant discussed his obsession with Allen Iverson, particularly after he dropped 41 on him in a previous game. Kobe studied his every move to gain an advantage. At halftime of the Lakers’ visit to Philadelphia on February 20th, 2000, Iverson had 16 points in the first half while mostly being defended by Derek Fisher, with Kobe in foul trouble.
Phil Jackson gave Kobe the assignment to shut down AI. In this debut episode of Laker Film Room Classic, I take a look at what happened next.