The final game of Michael Jordan's illustrious NBA career came in Philadelphia on April 16, 2003. As he exited an eventual Washington Wizards' loss to the Sixers, he was given a standing ovation by every person at what was then called the First Union Center, including Allen Iverson.
Let's just say their relationship evolved from the first time that the two met.
Iverson grew up idolizing Jordan. He says that he first got a chance to speak to his hero at the 1997 NBA All-Star Game. And what's that saying about never meeting your heroes?
Just over a month after the two crossed paths at All-Star Weekend, Jordan's Chicago Bulls paid a visit to Philadelphia. The Bulls would win a tightly-contested game 108-104, with Jordan scoring 23 points as his team improved to 55-8. Meanwhile, the Sixers fell to 16-46, despite a 37-point effort from Iverson.
Of course, all that anyone truly remembers from that game is Iverson's legendary crossover of Jordan:
In a later interaction, Iverson says he tried to tell Jordan how big of a fans of his that he was. Jordan simply responded by saying "Man, you weren't rocking with me like that or you wouldn't have crossed me like that."