Allen Iverson Reacts to Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan Being Selected for the Hall of Fame: 'It Doesn't Get Better Than This'

Over the weekend, the late Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett were all selected to be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame, a decision which went down very well with former NBA great Allen Iverson.

On Sunday night, the former Philadelphia 76ers star welcomed "The Black Mamba" (Bryant) "The Big Fundamental" (Duncan) and "The Big Ticket" (Garnett) to basketball's most exclusive club.

"Don't get no better than than this," he tweeted.

"'The Black Mamba', 'The Big Fundamental' & 'The Big Ticket'. Welcome to the club!"

From the moment they became eligible, Bryant, Duncan and Garnett were guaranteed a spot in the Hall of Fame and few former players are in a better position than Iverson when it comes to endorsing the trio. The 44-year-old was selected as the first overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft, 12 spots ahead of Kobe Bryant, who was selected by the Charlotte Hornets and immediately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would go on to win five NBA titles and two NBA Finals MVP crowns in two decades.

The second of Bryant's five titles came as the Lakers thrashed the 76ers 4-1 in 2001, which marked Iverson's first and only trip to the NBA Finals in his career. The Lakers legend's life was tragically cut short earlier this year, when the helicopter he was flying in along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people crashed just outside Los Angeles on January 26.

@HoopHall 2020!!! Don’t get no better than than this. “The Black Mamba”, “The Big Fundamental” & “The Big Ticket. Welcome to the club!!!

— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) April 6, 2020

Like Iverson, Duncan was the first overall pick of the NBA draft when the San Antonio Spurs selected him in 1997 and, like Bryant, he went on to win five NBA titles over the course of 19 seasons in the league. Garnett, meanwhile, arrived in the NBA a year before Iverson and Bryant when he was selected as the fifth overall pick of the draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

While Garnett became a bona-fide NBA star in Minneapolis, winning the 2004 MVP award, the NBA title remained frustratingly elusive and The Big Ticket left the Timberwolves after 12 seasons to sign with the Boston Celtics in 2007.

The move paid immediate dividends as Garnett won the NBA title in his first season in Boston, before moving to Brooklyn in 2013 and returning to Minnesota halfway through the 2014-15 season.

As someone who shared the court with the trio throughout his career and as an Hall of Famer himself—he was inducted along with Shaquille O'Neal, in 2016—Iverson's approval is a ringing endorsement of the selection.

"It was an incredible career that I enjoyed so much," Duncan told ESPN on Saturday.

"To call it a dream come true isn't doing it any justice, because I never dreamt I would be at this point. I played the game, enjoyed the game, loved what I did, and to be here now with the guys I will be put in the Hall of Fame with is just an amazing class."

Garnett echoed the sentiment.

"It [being inducted] is the culmination," he said. "It's the culmination, man. You put countless hours into this. You dedicate yourself to a craft. You take no days off. [...] All those hours [...] this is what you do it for, right here. For me, to be called a Hall of Famer, is everything."

Meanwhile, Lakers controlling owner and president Jeanie Buss said nobody deserved a place in the Hall of Fame more than Bryant.

"Kobe was not only a proven winner and a champion, he gave everything he had to the game of basketball," she said in a statement released by the team.

"Those qualities helped Kobe lead us to five titles—and have now brought him to the Hall of Fame, where he will be enshrined with the greatest to have ever played the game. No one deserves it more."

Bryant, Duncan and Garnett will be inducted on August 29 in Springfield, Massachusetts and will be joined by four-time NCAA coach of the year Eddie Sutton and two-time NBA champion and former Houston Rockets Rudy Tomjanovich.

Kim Mulkey, who coached Baylor to three women's NCAA titles will also be inducted, along with five-time Division II coach of the year Barbara Stevens of Bentley University and 10-time WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever.

Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant
Allen Iverson (right) of the Philadelphia 76ers argues a call in front of Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers during game five of the NBA Finals 15 June, 2001 at First Union Center in Philadelphia, PA. Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty