Sixers legend Allen Iverson to face Tracy McGrady in VERZUZ Battle
Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson is set to attend the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland… Sort of.
On Wednesday, Bleacher Report and Triller’s VERZUZ announced that they are collaborating on an All-Star Weekend to celebrate basketball greatness.
VERZUZ, which was launched by Grammy-winning producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, debuted in 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What started as a friendly rivalry between two producers turned into a series of must-see events as legendary artists confronted their catalogs, spotlighting some of their best work while entertaining music fans everywhere.
Today, VERZUZ’s success has allowed them to branch out beyond music. And when All-Star weekend rolls around, music and sport will collide as Sixers legend Allen Iverson squares off against fellow Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady.
According to a statement, Iverson and McGrady will participate in a live presentation of their best highlights throughout their careers. The event will be streamed live on the Bleacher Report app and the VERZUZ Instagram channel.
NBA Hall of Famer and former Iverson and McGrady’s competitor Shaquille O’Neal are also involved in the battle. As the “commissioner” of the event, Shaq will introduce the competitors and have a say in who wins each heat.
In addition to Shaq, recording artist Fat Joe will serve as an “analyst” for the event, providing commentary and advice to Iverson and McGrady, and bridging the gap between culture and sport. Meanwhile, CJ Envy will be the official battle DJ.
And finally, Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report will be the official host of the event. The Iverson-McGrady B/R x Verzuz Highlight Battle Powered by AT&T 5G event is set to take place on Friday, February 18 in Cleveland, Ohio, the host city of the 2022 NBA All-Star Game. HEY. and can be viewed from the BR app or VERZUZ’s Instagram channel.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.