Allen Iverson shares message of hope while wearing Kobe Bryant-Nipsey Hussle shirt
Since officially retiring in 2013, former NBA MVP point guard Allen Iverson has been an ambassador to the game of basketball and unofficial cheerleader and supporter of many professional players.
Once a contemporary and rival to Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Kobe Bryant — who passed away in a helicopter crash in January — Iverson wore a shirt featuring the 18-time All-Star and another L.A. icon Nipsey Hussle.
Referring to the current public-health crisis of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Iverson wrote on Twitter on Sunday evening: “This too shall pass!!!”.
— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) April 6, 2020
“Right now, it’s bad but we’ll get through this TOGETHER!!!,” the former Philadelphia 76ers All-Star floor general added in a message on social media over the weekend. In an attached photo, Iverson can be seen wearing a design on his shirt featuring Bryant and Hussle (real name Ermias Asghedom), both of whom passed away in the span of 10 months.
Despite rivaling Bryant on the hardwood in their respective NBA careers — both were classmates in the legendary 1996 NBA Draft — Iverson maintains an immense respect for the departed Lakers guard.
The two matched up in the 2001 NBA Finals, during which L.A. overcame an early Game 1 upset victory led by Iverson and the Sixers. AI won the league’s MVP that year.
Hussle’s passing was a significant blow to the L.A. music scene, and Bryant’s death less than a year later only picked at the slow-healing wound. Allen Iverson, a man of the people, has both men’s legacies on his mind even in this coronavirus crisis.