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Bryant said he was happy for them both, and explained how much Iverson meant to him. During their prime years, The Answer got the best of Kobe on multiple occasions and at the time he was the toughest perimeter player to guard in the league.
The 5-time champion told us that people don’t understand how much Iverson pushed him to want to be great. One of the main reasons Bryant became a good defender and the great player he is was because of the 6-foot guard.