Chris Webber confessed to stealing Allen Iverson’s shoes on live TV. He also stole his last game worn jersey, dirty clothes and socks.
Why? He’s a fan. He admired A.I. like one of us would. And knew his trade from the 76ers was comparable to Kobe Bryant leaving the Lakers or Tim Duncan the Spurs.
So he snatched whatever he could from his locker, and he encourages current Lakers to do the same with Kobe Bryant’s stuff.
It’s amazing to think pro athletes can idolize one another. But it makes sense. Sports are like an artistic discipline. Poets, musicians and actors, all look up to their mentors, as fans and as students.
Though 10 inches taller and about 110 pounds bigger, C-Webb idolized A.I like fans and critics should.
Many of us have forgotten how dominate Allen Iverson was. Though small in stature, he won 4 scoring titles, an MVP award, and went to 11 all star games. He led an undermanned 76ers team to the 2001 NBA Finals and stole a game from Bryant’s superior Lakers. Had Iverson played for a real contender, he’d be revered the way Bryant is.
But so is life. Not all of us get the same things another does. It’s about what we do with what we’re given. A.I maximized what he had.
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