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Allen Iverson talks his future, Hall of Fame, Philly love

Mar 30, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

Can you imagine the reaction back in 1998 if you’d tried to tell people how 15 years later they would line up hours before the doors opened to get an Allen Iverson bobblehead because he was such a sports icon of the city?

Iverson returned to Philadelphia Saturday night for Iverson bobblehead night and was greeted with a lot of love. He spoke with CSNPhilly.com’s Dei Lynam and reflected on his career a little, talked about his future (yes, he’d still love a shot in the NBA) and how important it would be to him to be inducted some day into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Which is going to happen. He earned it on the court, and he earned it with how he led a change in the culture of the sport to a new generation.

Below, you can see him introduced to the Philly fans.

  1. ultichiva - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Tru icon!

  2. saint1997 - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Forget about off the court that guy was so much fun to watch play and dominate. He started swagger

    • areyesrn - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      The years between 1998 and 2001 were so fun to watch. I just wish someone other than Larry Brown and Billy King were running the draft. Can you imagine if Paul Pierce was picked by the Sixers (like everyone one else in the world thought was going to happen…except of course Larry Brown) instead of Larry Hughes??

      • saint1997 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:32 AM

        that would be such an amazing team to watch, with athleticism speed and skill. I reckon they could have won a championship!

  3. mp4philly - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    AI changed the nba. All timer in my book.

  4. asublimeday - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Philly didn’t deserve such a great player, but they got him. HoF for sure.

  5. yousuxxors - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    imagine he had work ethic … if he practice d like MJ Kobe LBJ he could of been the greatest. still HOF

    • ultichiva - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:05 AM

      …we talkin about practice ..I mean practice ; not a game! BUT, praktice!”

  6. tomtravis76 - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    During his time he was one of the best in the league. Too hard to compare eras. No doubt he is a guy any basketball fan would stop and watch play on TV or buy a ticket to a game to see him play.

    Hopefully the Sixers or the league can get him a gig in player dvelopment.

  7. larrybrown43 - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    One of the leagues most overrated and over-hyped.

    • mydoghasfleez - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      absolutely

      • William Peregoy - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        In a league of 7-foot giants… its hard to “overrate” the guy who is only 5’10″ and won multiple scoring titles and took a team of nobodies all the way to the NBA Finals.

        I’m just saying.

  8. cj1403 - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    @Tomtravis76 Player development? He never practiced, how’s going to help in player development? He’s going to teach the rooks how to rant about practice?

    • tomtravis76 - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      Player Development, not coaching. Most men as they get older(realize their playing days have passed them by) do like to teach those who are coming up next. He would be a great guy to talk about the ups and downs of an NBA life. Maybe its giving him(ai) too much credit, one would just hope he knows he was a big part of basketball history, therefore he would want to help develop the new guys into better pros.

    • mydoghasfleez - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      or teach em the best way to carry a concealed weapon

  9. jhuck92 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    i’ll never forget seeing him dazzle in the old Spectrum

  10. louhudson23 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    All bashing of work ethic aside…it really is a shame that a player with his heart and ability never fully worked to expand his game or came close to reaching his potential.

  11. renaldorigglesworth - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    A.I. is a god. Loved him since he was John Thompson’s last great Gtown recruit out of Bethel HS in Hampton, VA. Forget about all that “We talkin’ ’bout practice? Practice?” sh!+, he was a game time baller that always went all-out and is deservedly so a beloved dude in Philly— and in DC to this guy anyway…

  12. chrismt79 - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    I was a die hard AI fan growing up. Absolutely loved his game and ability to break down defences single handledly. I wish he would have gotten over his mental obstacles of not understanding what practice would have done for he, and his team. It’s a shame really. Sure he was individually successful, but for some reason I feel like he still doesn’t realize. This the reason he will never wear another NBA jersey, and if he makes the HOF, it will be a miracle. Sure he sold tickets, and had a good playoff run, but nothing really notable to warrant a nod.

  13. seanb20124 - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Did Tawana tell you that

  14. eagles512 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    I hope that was a joke about the spectrum.

  15. The Stepback Jumper - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Reblogged this on The Stepback Jumper and commented:
    AI Forever. #3

  16. The Stepback Jumper - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    4-time NBA scoring champ at barely 6-feet. Could drop 50 on you any night. Best crossover in the history of the game. Overrated? Right.

    • louhudson23 - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      An average streak shooter at best who took a ton of shots . On any given night could light it up or become a black hole….Not a particularly good passer,defender or consistent rebounder. As fearless and determined of a driver as ever played who never let his shortcomings define him and who inspired his teammates to climb on his back. One of the absolute best ever if only he had the Jordan,Bird,Johnson,Malone-like ability to honestly evaluate his shortcomings and genuinely focus his work on them to round out and improve his game,as well as had a better understanding of how to take care of himself….. instead,a very good player for far too short a time ,who had nothing to fall back on when his jets slowed down

  17. jcrileyesq - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    i guess you never saw the utep 2-step by mr. hardaway

    • mydoghasfleez - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      or ever saw Earl Monroe put his defender on his backside without touching him

  18. The Stepback Jumper - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Hardaway’s crossover was very effective for him. And even the best guards in the NBA admit they found it very difficult to duplicate. But Iverson’s left-to-right crossover was the real anklebreaker. It guaranteed him a path to the hoop while leaving defenders going the other way or sitting on the floor.

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