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Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson
Position: -
Born: 06/07/75
Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:164 lbs. / 74.8 kg.
Earnings: $154,494,445 ($208,109,199*)
What was it like competing against such as a talented offensive player like Iverson? Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce wasn’t afraid to share his honest thoughts on an episode of ESPN’s “The Jump” last week. “I didn’t match up with him, but I knew I was in situations in pick-and-roll where I switched out on him,” Pierce said. “I’m not gonna lie, I was scared to death — I could play defense and all, but I knew I couldn’t slide my feet with Allen Iverson.”
Paul Pierce: “Every night when you looked at the ‘SportsCenter’ highlights, he was crossing somebody up. All I know is when I switched on him, I was gonna give him that ole defense — I’m gonna let him do his move and I’m gonna let him go. Hopefully I can send him to the baseline because I was not trying to slide my feet with that guy. I didn’t want to end up on anyone’s ‘SportsCenter’ highlights. Period.”
Iverson sure got back at Jordan in a famous cross over on 12 March 1997. Later, Iverson recalled the impact his crossover had had. Apparently, he hadn’t even realized what he had done. “I really didn’t know, especially being that young, what I had done,” Iverson recollected. “And all of these years later, you got little kids, 5 or 6 years old, walking up to me like, ‘Hey, you’re the guy that crossed Jordan, right?’ People still talk about it today. I didn’t even think it was a big deal that night.”
Most influential NBA players on Frank Jackson growing up: “I loved watching Allen Iverson when I was younger and Rajon Rondo, when he was with the Celtics. And I think being in the league, the last three years, I think being around Jrue (Holiday) has been just so awesome, tremendously helped me. Same with Rondo. I wish I could have played with him (longer). Jameer Nelson was huge when he was with us. Honestly, I’ve been really fortunate. (Anthony Davis) was great with me. To be surrounded by such awesome guys, but obviously me and Jrue have been buddies since I got here and that’s my dog. He always looks out for me.”
Larry Brown, 76ers head coach and VP of basketball operations: Maybe I’m older, I don’t remember Billy and I meeting with Allen prior to that press conference. We might have met with him at another time. … All I remember is I met Allen late that afternoon before the press conference. I think the press conference was about 6 o’clock. I met Allen about 3 o’clock and he was a little late for my meeting and I was leaving. He was in a car with a friend and said, “Where you going, coach? I’m here to meet with you.” And I said, “Well, I said 3 o’clock and I left my office at 3 o’clock. You weren’t there.” He was saying, “Coach, I’m only a couple minutes late.”
Platt: I remember I was standing there on the side of the stage. Right across Allen on the other side of the stage was Billy King and Karen Frascona. And at first, we were all laughing because it was funny. And then as it went on and on, this is almost the only thing I remember (from the presser), you saw Billy’s smile shrink and shrink and dissipate. And you just see him almost in real time realizing, “Oh s—, this is going to be a problem.”
Larry Brown: He was a leader on the court every game. Nobody ever questioned Allen for trying to win a game and the admiration the coaches had for him in terms of how hard he played, how competitive he was, how tough he was. … He wanted to play 48 minutes a game. I always laugh now and I tease him when you hear these guys sitting out games to rest players. If I had ever tried that with Allen, I mean, I don’t know what would’ve happened.
The last page of the presentation was a look at the documentaries, movies and shows Tollin and his company, Mandalay Sports Media, had done. “So there’s Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], there’s Hank Aaron, there’s ‘Varsity Blues,’ there’s ‘Coach Carter’ and so forth,” Tollin said. “He’s actually looking at them all, and in the bottom right corner is ‘Iverson.’ He goes, ‘You did that?'” Tollin didn’t answer. Jordan repeated the question. Tollin wondered if this was going to work for or against him. Like the timing with the Cavaliers’ championship parade that morning, it was impossible to know. Tollin mumbled a cautious, “Yes.” Jordan took his glasses off, looked up and said, “I watched that thing three times. Made me cry. Love that little guy.” Then he walked around the desk, extended his hand and said, “Let’s do it.”
Storyline: Michael Jordan Documentary
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal participated in NBA TV segment “Start, Bench, Cut” in which he had to choose among three players which one to star, which to bench and which one to cut. One of the questions was about the 1990’s number one picks Tim Duncan (1997), Allen Iverson (1996) and Chris Webber (1993). Shaq picked AI to start, Chris Webber to bench and Tim Duncan to cut. “Fundamental is one of those players he’s got a lot but he has a lot of bodyguards too. C-Webb didn’t have a lot of bodyguards. Imagine Tim on a regular team. Would he be Tim? C-Webb has some s—. Imagine if you put C Webb on that Spurs team tell me what you got,” he explained his choices.
Theo Ratliff: You’re talking about a tremendous competitor. To this day, I still don’t know how he did the things that he did and how he was able to push through certain injuries. When he sprained his ankle, it looked like he broke his ankle, but then he’d be right back out here. His will and determination and pain tolerance was right up there with Kobe. He was just able to will himself to do certain things. When we were down, we knew where to go. We’d find him, he’d find the ball, and he would just take over games. Just from his leadership on the floor, that helped us be at our best. We had a lot of guys who were just kind of journeyman guys who hadn’t really stepped out and came into their own when we came over to the Sixers to play alongside him – guys like Aaron McKie, Eric Snow, George Lynch. He helped push us and elevated our game and our status as NBA players. He’s a tremendous guy, a tremendous person as well. Very giving, very family-oriented. He takes his time, even to this day, to speak to your kids and give his story and talk about what he did and the ups and downs of his life. He’s just a tremendous individual.
As Bryant would go on to dominate the state as a senior, win Pennsylvania player of year honors, break Chamberlain’s all-time scoring record and lead Lower Merion to the title, Lucas noticed the resentment he encountered. They assumed he was soft, pompous. “They had great hate for Kobe.” Lucas said. “It was because he was Lower Merion. A suburban kid and the whole works. I used to tell him all the time, ‘Don’t pay no attention to that. Just go play. Fake bullies.’” Had the opportunity arrived, Lucas would’ve made the stunning decision to take Bryant instead of Iverson. But Lucas wasn’t around to make the first pick of the 1996 draft because Howard Katz sold the team that April and Pat Croce hired a new general manager and coach.
Police are searching for a man accused of stealing a half-million dollars’ worth of jewelry from Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson. Police said the unidentified man entered the Sofitel Hotel at 120 S. 17th Street Monday around 10:30 a.m. and snatched a backpack containing jewelry valued at approximately $500,000. NBC10 later confirmed with sources that the jewelry belonged to Iverson.
NBA Central: Statement from Allen Iverson on the Passing of Kobe Bryant: Words cannot express how I’m feeling today. The only 2 words that ring in my head- devastated and heartbroken. I cannot seem to shake this feeling no matter what I’ve tried to do since hearing this yesterday. People will always remember how we competed against each other in the league, but it goes so much deeper than that for me. The story of us being drafted in arguably the deepest class of its kind ever in the history of the NBA can be debated for many years to come. However, his generosity and respect for the game is something that I witnessed first-hand every time we stepped on the dance floor to compete. It’s one memory of him that I can’t stop thinking about. It was our rookie season and my first trip to LA for a game against the Lakers. He came to my hotel, picked me up and took me to a restaurant. When we returned before he left, he asked me, “what are you going to do tonight”? My reply was, “I’m going to the club, what are you going to do?”
He said, “I’m going to the gym.” That is who he always was, a true student of the game of basketball and also the game of life. He prepared relentlessly. There is something we can all learn from the “Mamba” mentality and from the way my brother lived his life. He will always have my respect as a competitor, as a friend, as a brother. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Vanessa, their children and the families of all of the victims of yesterday’s tragedy. As a father, I cannot wrap my head around how they must feel. We are not okay. But we will find the strength to pull through this together because that’s what Kobe would want us to do.
Real recognize real. Last year, former NBA superstar Allen Iverson stated that current Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is in his top five players of all time, adding that Curry would be the starting point guard if he were to assemble an all-time starting five. Since then, Iverson’s comments have stuck with Curry. The two-time MVP admitted in an episode of Showtime’s “All the Smoke” that he has Iverson’s remark saved on his phone. “I ain’t never had a big head. That dude who I picked up a lot of game and inspiration from — he’s now looking at my game … Some OGs, they don’t want to relinquish the praise. Same way we respect the OGs, we want it both ways. So when you do hear that, that means something,” Curry said in the show’s latest episode that is set to premiere this Thursday.
Storyline: Old School vs. New School
Doing away with handchecking enabled the league to legislate more scoring for perimeter players — and it worked. In 2003-04, only Tracy McGrady (28.0) scored 25 or more points per game. The next season, the first without handchecking, seven players crossed the 25-point threshold, with 5-foot-10 point guard Allen Iverson (30.7 PPG) leading the charge. This season, there are 14 players averaging 25 or more points a game, and only one of them — Towns — is a center. This trend has cemented the belief of NBA analytics teams that, when it comes to defensive contact, post bigs will not be rewarded in the same way perimeter players will be. “When we played in the ’94 Finals against Houston, we were two defensive powerhouses battling,” Ewing says. “But the NBA wants [the game] to be a more high-scoring affair, because they think that’s more appealing to fans. So, they’ve changed the way the game is played.”
When I think about Reebok, I think about Allen Iverson and I think about you. What’s it like to have your name connected to a shoe company for so long? Dee Brown: I think the one shoe is obviously The Pump. It doesn’t matter where you are, what country I’m in, what city I’m in. Either once a day, or twice a day, I get a no-look dunk or someone bending down, pumping their shoes. The funny thing about The Pump is that I could see guys, grown men with loafers on, in suits at their jobs, bend down and pump up their penny loafers. It doesn’t matter, it’s just the action of what I did. Obviously, the shoe is the shoe, but they don’t have to have on pumps to that. People bend down and pump up their flip flops.
While helping his Los Angeles Lakers build a 56-43 halftime lead over the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James added one steal to go along with a stat-line that included 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. That pilfer moved James past Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on the NBA’s all-time steals list. LeBron has now accounted for 1,945 steals which is good for the 15th-most in league history. James is now staring up at Derek Harper and Allen Iverson who currently rank No. 14 and No. 13, respectively, on the career steals list.
Iverson says life is good and settled with his high school sweetheart, Tawanna, and their five kids, and even if it took a bit longer than expected, he’s matured into the elder statesman in retirement that he never found comfort with as a player. “Even still at 44, I’m learning from having the people that’s not good to be around you but you have the knowledge to know they’re not the right people,” he said. “I’m able to see all the stuff that life has taught me as far as how people are, and their intentions, and the ups and downs, and how many times I fall, I’m able to get back up to create just a better man, a better person.”
Allen Iverson: I was discouraged when I seen that @kobebryant wasn’t top 10 on the all time on this @bleacherreport list and I’m not even on it. What’s the criteria?? Is it based on stats, cultural influence, a personal preference, or what because it can’t be about basketball…. How’s a MVP, 11x All Star, 2x All Star MVP, 7x All NBA, Rookie of the Year, 3x Steals leader, 4x Scoring Champ, 76x 40 point game scorer, 11x 50 point game scorer, a career high 60 point game, career scoring average of 26.7, 2nd leader in playoff ppg average not on this list???? It has to be something else because I don’t understand it. Name me 49 nba players that has this on their resume??? LOL
Storyline: GOAT Debate
Of all your opponents, which players stood out as the toughest for you to match-up against? Who were the guys you didn’t look forward to playing? Muggsy Bogues: For me, I loved playing against them all. They were all different. One night, I’d be facing a 6-foot-4 Fat Lever. Then, the next night, I’m up against a 6-foot-8 Penny Hardaway. Next, I’m matching up with 5-foot-7 Spud Webb. Then, suddenly, it’s 6-foot-1 Isiah Thomas. For me, it every night in terms of my opponent. You get accustomed to playing against guys of all different sizes. The thing for me was always understanding each guy’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s a different challenge facing the bigger guys I alluded to, like a Penny Hardaway, versus a quick guard like an Allen Iverson or Tim Hardaway or Spud. Those guys present different types of issues and you have to do different things to counter them. It was nice, getting to play against the best of the best, night in and night out. Everybody brought something different to the table.