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Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson
Position: None
Born: 06/07/75
Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:164 lbs. / 74.8 kg.
Shaquille O’Neal: Criticism only motivated me. For one, the reason I started playing basketball was because my favorite basketball player, Dr. J, was in a movie, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. Kareem was in a movie (Airplane!). You can only work on your game three or four hours a day — it’s obvious I did that because … I’m going to be first-ballot alongside A.I. [Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers] and Yao Ming.
Iverson went on to talk about how he believes many people judged him prematurely based on his style when he was in the NBA. It’s something he thinks continues even today. “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” he said. “I think a lot of times, when people who get a chance to meet me and be around me, they understand that I’m not the person that the media make me out to be. A negative Allen Iverson story is the greatest Allen Iverson story, for some reason. They don’t talk about what I do for the AIDS awareness, what I do for the Boys and Girls Club, what I do on Thanksgiving, giving out turkeys and giving out gifts on Christmas. They don’t talk about that stuff.”
Now, players can do anything they want, they can do any style they want, LeBron can be all tatted out and nobody says anything. Do you think they owe a little debt to you for being your own real self? Iverson: That’s a bittersweet thing for me. I took an ass-whoopin’ for these guys today to be able to be themselves. I wasn’t afraid to be who I am, and I didn’t think anything was wrong with it. I dressed like the guys I grew up with, I looked like the guys who I grew up with. And my cornrows, it was just because I was tired of going from city to city having different barbers cut my hair, and they were messing my hair up, and I was saying, ‘If I get cornrows, I don’t have to have that problem.’ And the tattoos, I’ve always had a fetish for it, but obviously you see in Georgetown, I only had one, and once I came into some money, that’s when it got addictive and I was able to afford it, so that’s how I got more and more.
But what has been forgotten is the number of NBA players who passed on those Athens Games. Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady, Paul Pierce, and Jason Kidd all elected not to play, leaving Iverson on an island. “That was a very touchy situation for me because when everybody didn’t end up going, me and Tim Duncan went,” Iverson said. “We went to represent our country. That’s no shot at the guys that didn’t go. I totally understand why they didn’t. I totally understand and all of them remain my friends. I still have the utmost respect for all of those guys. But me and Tim went.”
When Team USA rebuilt its Olympic squad for Beijing in 2008, Iverson was not invited. “As great as a season as I had, arguably one of the best seasons that I ever had, I wasn’t invited to go, that’s something that I wouldn’t say hurt me to this day, but the acknowledgment is there,” he said. “And the hurt will always exist because I felt that I truly should have been a part of the team. I should obviously be saying that I have a gold medal at 41 years old.”