Allen Iverson Says He Wanted to See Kevin Durant Win the NBA Finals

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistJune 15, 2017

Allen Iverson concluded his Hall of Fame career without winning a championship. He didn't want Kevin Durant to suffer the same fate.

In a video posted by BIG3—the three-on-three basketball league featuring Iverson and other former NBA players—the Philadelphia 76ers icon shared his thoughts on this year's NBA Finals series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

He said LeBron James is still "the best in the world," but he "wanted to see Durant win" his first championship.

"I love his mama. I love everything he stands for," Iverson said in a filmed phone conversation. "That's the only reason I was going for Golden State. I wanted Durant to feel what I never got the chance to feel."

BIG3 shared the video Wednesday. The previous day, Durant made some less than flattering remarks about Iverson on The Bill Simmons Podcast.

“Kyrie [Irving] is better than AI to me," Durant said. "I'm going from like skill for skill. His handle is better. We might have to cut that out—I don't want no problems with AI."

Durant's comments became a national talking point, but he seemed to intend them more as a compliment to Irving rather than a criticism of Iverson. The timing of this video seems to suggest that "The Answer" has no interest in manufacturing a nonexistent feud.