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Allen Iverson reflects on career as Sixers prepare to retire his jersey

Feb 28, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

He’s right: Allen Iverson is Philadelphia 76ers basketball.

Saturday night has become the hottest 76ers ticket of the season because they are about to retire Iverson’s No. 3.

Iverson is iconic in Philly. He led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals, he was an 11-time All-Star who averaged 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 2.2 steals a game in his 13-year career (12 in Philly), and he did all that with one of the most entertaining styles of play the league has seen — is was a little guy, 6’0″ and thin, who had playground moves, a steady jumper and fearless style that saw him attacking the rim and finishing over and around the trees that populate the NBA’s paint. More than that, Iverson changed the game off the court with his style — he brought hip-hop to the NBA with his look and swagger.

We will have more on that, but above enjoy Iverson reflecting on his career (above) and some highlights (below).

  1. shuttaman1990 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Stern ruined him… anyways
    He’s a great example of Point Guards winning chips by themselves
    He wasn’t able to win a chip. Got Fleeced by my lakers in the finals.
    Yet those GM still believe that you can win a championship with a PG as the only superstar and putting the team on him.
    Nah they ain’t learned, look at how the dumb bulls crippled D.Rose in chi town, scared to get him help.
    Or look at these suns with MVP Nash.
    A PG WILL NOT WIN YOU A CHIP ALONE!

    Lakers all day, we make the picks take yo chips and even got a pringles faced coach D’antoni!

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Iverson was more of a SG in my opinion. That’s why they had guys like Eric Snow alongside him to run the point.

      • cruzan80 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        Exactly. He wasn’t the PG in his most productive years…Eric Snow was. Larry Brown was smart enough to figure that out….other coaches kept putting at PG simply because of his height. All that was needed was a “big” PG in the backcourt with him who could defend the other teams SG…..Cheeks, Obrien & Karl was never smart enough to figure that out.

    • imthewiz77 - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:19 AM

      Stern did ruin Iverson. Calling the carry halfway through his career and allowing the zone defense the year after the sixers went to the finals. The zone defense was really his demise.

  2. namaths5thofwhiskey - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    ^ what a cute little cheerleader you are.

  3. antistratfordian - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Iverson is iconic in a lot of places. I miss watching The Onswer play.

  4. azarkhan - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Someone as egotistical and selfish as Allen Iverson could never play for the San Antonio Spurs, which is just another reason to root for the Spurs. Go Spurs!

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      That’s rich, considering Stephen Jackson had two stints with the Spurs, easily one of the more selfish players in recent NBA history.

      • azarkhan - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Both times Jackson didn’t last with the Spurs. In fact, Pop cut him just before the playoffs last year. Take your Midol.

      • cruzan80 - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        The fact that the Spurs even looked at Stephen Jackson not once but TWICE easily makes your comment ridiculous beyond belief.

      • azarkhan - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Just because Ms. Simonetti says Jackson is “one of the more selfish players” doesn’t make it so. I’ve never felt Jackson was a selfish player and I’ve never heard or seen in print a teammate call him selfish. He may be crazy, but he’s not selfish. Besides, I’d rather go with Tim Duncan’s opinion than Ms. Simonetti’s. Tim is very good friends with Capt Jack. Since Tim is the epitomy of a team player, it’s unlikely he would be tight with Jackson if Jackson was not about team. Oh, and Cruzan80, look in the mirror if you want to see “ridiculous beyond belief”.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Odd. Where do you think Gregg Popovich came from? He is a Larry Brown disciple and no one champions Iverson like Larry Brown – he likes to say that he was put on Earth to coach Iverson. Pop would love Iverson for the same reasons.

  5. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    He never had any help. AI beat the Bucks with Ray Allen, Glenn Big Dog Robinson and Sam Cassell ALL IN THEIR PRIME IN 01.

    Then he took that team to the finals and won game 1. Amazing.

    RIP The Answer.

  6. mitchem85 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Bubba chuck.. Y’all don’t know nothin about that! 757/VA represent!

  7. psly2124 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    I believe iverson was the beginning of the end if the nba. A tatted up cornrowed ball hog. A selfish player who cared more about himself then the team, in a team sport. Many youth followed his poor example and has led to a dark era of the nba. Where players think shoot first instead of gin find the open man. Take opponents off the dribble to the rim. That style has enabled poor mid range shooting where most stars can’t hit an open 15 foot jumper.

  8. sportsfan18 - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    A steady jumper? Really?

    He was a great player, quick, great moves, very good finisher at the rim for his small size etc…

    Iverson shot .425% from the field for his career. A steady jumper was not something he had.

    In only two of his season did he shoot over 45% from the field.

    Does anyone think J.R. Smith of the Knicks is a good shooter? Or that he has a “steady” jump shot?

    J.R.’s career shooting percentage is .423% to Iverson’s .425%

    Dr. J played 11 seasons with the Sixers to Iverson’s 12. The Doc won a title (yes, he had help but so did LBJ with the Heat, help he didn’t have in Cleveland yet everyone counts the rings and says but LBJ has won now.).

    Well, Iverson had a lousy team around him as did LBJ in Cleveland. But, AI did NOT win a title and all the folks seem to care about is the rings, which Doc has.

    Also, Doc shot over 50% from the field in his career and shot over 50% for 6 of his 11 seasons with the Sixers and over 49% (.499% in one of them) in 3 of his other 5 seasons.

    Doc had a slightly better PER for his time with the Sixers than AI did while he was in Philly.

    Iverson IS great… but HE is not the Sixers… kids today forget so quickly.

    The Doctor is the Sixers. He helped usher in the game above the rim, the moves. It wouldn’t surprise me if Iverson was a huge fan of the Doctor growing up.

    • tuberippin - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Julius Erving = Nets.

    • cruzan80 - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      “Dr. J played 11 seasons with the Sixers to Iverson’s 12. The Doc won a title (yes, he had help but so did LBJ with the Heat, help he didn’t have in Cleveland yet everyone counts the rings and says but LBJ has won now.).”

      “Well, Iverson had a lousy team around him as did LBJ in Cleveland. But, AI did NOT win a title and all the folks seem to care about is the rings, which Doc has.”

      Hate will make people say the funniest things. You make that point about A.I. (my favorite player growing up BTW) but when the same factors are pointed out to you about Carmelo Anthony, you disagree with any & everything & regurgitate the same tired stats (TS%) that only support your argument. Just a couple days ago you tried to convince everyone that its Melo’s fault….not the lack of talent around him that was responsible for his playoff win %. I use to always make the point during A.I.’s career that the only difference between him & Kobe’s career sucess was Shaq. Folks who hated him as much as you hate Melo would then bring up his FG%, shot attempts, “thug persona” & conveniently ignore the garbage players that surrounded him through most of his career, espeacially though his peak…..a lot like you do now with Melo.. ….but like I say in response to most of your post…..you hate Carmelo Anthony…..we get it. I just cant wait for when your favorite team (the Bulls) sign him this summer…..hopefully you can still root for them after your head explodes.

  9. rjmarrella - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    I’m from Philly, I’m biased. From the minute he got to Philly, (we always referred to him as “this kid” even though I was two years younger than him) AI gave the fans everything he had.
    It was the most enjoyable part of watching Iverson night in and night out. It needs to be said that while he was a Sixer, everyone watched him play. All of Philly, South Jersey, Delaware and the parts of PA that Philadelphia sports extend to. Older, younger alike marveled at “this kid,” his effort, the results and so forth.
    As the years went on, the love affair grew between the fans and Iverson. We openly noticed that, while he had his moments and brush ins, he represented the team incredibly. He never embarrassed us or his team, and as fans in today’s NBA, we loved him for that.
    While so much of his “practice” press conference has been made, it was one of many signature moments in front of the microphone. He was colorful and fun and never complained.
    He “loved his teammates” and “went to war with the soldiers with him” and treated all that wanted to watch.
    He wasn’t the best of his time or the most successful but for a city known for hating people, he’s truly beloved.

  10. jbink2585 - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    BUBBA CHUCK= FIRST BALLOT Hall of Famer; Carried a group of no name players to finals in 01, and won game 1 in tinsel town himself, best little man to ever play the game, and yes two years from NOW FIRST BALLOT HALL OF FAMER

  11. scbaby2013 - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    One of the best and entertaining players of all time. I should bust out my retro AI3 jersey

  12. gameover78 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    I have had the luxury of seeing Bird, Magic, Jordan, Kobe and countless other greats, but none made me more excited about basketball as Allen Iverson. Lots of people put him down….hes a thug, hes a punk, etc….dude could flat out ball and nobody could match his moves and quickness. Pound for pound the greatest I have seen and probably ever will see in my lifetime.

  13. davidly - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    Dude had mega talent and played really hard. When people talk about one guy carrying a team to the finals, the Onswer should be the first word out dey mouvs.

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