“The Shot.” “The Shrug.” “The Block.” “The Helmet Catch.” “The Minneapolis Miracle.”
If you know sports, you probably can visualize all of those phrases above.
It’s incredible that some of the biggest moments in sporting history can be summarized, and the exact plays conjured from the memory banks, in so few words.
So if I throw one more at you — “The Stepover” — you can probably cast your mind straight back to the 2001 NBA Finals.
You know the moment. Allen Iverson, whose Philadelphia 76ers held a narrow 2-point lead in overtime over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1, hit Tyronn Lue with a crossover, stepped back and drained a 16-footer to push the Sixers’ advantage to 103-99.
That was just the intro. Then came the unforgettable moment. Lue, who had fallen onto the court after trying to block the shot, sat on the sideline with his back to the Lakers bench.
Iverson lifted his left leg, stepped right over Lue, and continued back down the court, staring down his Los Angeles defender all the while.
And on the end of that foot? A Reebok Answer IV, in a special black/white player-exclusive dressing. The OG colorway of the Answer IV featured a tumbled white leather upper, red leather overlays and grey heel counters and midfoot detailing.
The Answer IV is forever linked to that unforgettable on-court moment, and you can add it to your rotation in its original form later this month when it releases again for the first time since 2012.
Pay tribute to “The Stepover” and Allen Iverson’s MVP season when the Reebok Answer IV OG releases at jdsports.com on 4/15.