Full article here:Both of these guys are shot-happy, turnover-prone me-firsters. Iverson leads the NBA in shots taken per game (24.0) and in turnovers (4.58), while Bryant ranks third in each category with 20.5 shots and 4.09 miscues. (Tracy McGrady averages 21.4 shots, and Dwyane Wade 4.16 turnovers.)
Since Lamar Odom was nursing a strained shoulder, Bryant had even more of a license (and a necessity) to fire-away than ever before. Iverson, too, had a particularly itchy trigger finger. Ever since the addition of his new sidekick, Chris Webber, A.I.'s shot production has actually increased to 24.7 per game.
And with both the Lakers and the Sixers struggling to make the playoffs, Sunday's matchup in L.A. was a critical one. But what else was at stake?
Well, Iverson (30.5 ppg) and Bryant (28.0) were the league's leading scorers. The game was played on stage in Hollywood and broadcast on national TV. It was only natural to expect that two of the league's most prolific quick-draw artists would also be very much interested in outdoing each other.
And if the battle at hand was won by Philadelphia (96-89), the personal showdown was won by Iverson on a split-decision.
Iverson more impressive than Kobe
Finally we hear some positives about Iverson from Charley Rosen.