Last night the city of Philadelpia honored one of it’s favorite sports sons, Allen Iverson.
Nearly 18 years after he broke into the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers retired Allen Iverson’s number 3. The legendary “Answer” made a poignant speech thanking his competitors, teammates, predecessors, coaches, journalists, and the fans for all they gave to him during, and after his career.
I am an unabashed Allen Iverson fan…have been since I was a youngin playing basketball myself. Though I hated how Iverson’s career ended (his own fault I’ll admit), I was so happy with how the Sixers and the NBA honored Allen Iverson last night. They honored a man who changed the NBA forever.
Without a doubt, Allen Iverson was the best representation of the NBA in the late 90s and early 2000s. He was himself through and through…and he didn’t care if you didn’t like it. He defined a generation of kids that grew up on basketball and hip-hop. A generation that had Michael Jordan and Tupac as idols. He changed the way the game was played with his never-give-up spirit, and what we expected of our favorite athletes. Allen Iverson is the reason you have athletes like Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Tony Parker. He is the embodiment of the hip-hop generation…and we thank him forever for that.
Pound-for-pound one of the greatest to ever put on a jersey…Mr. Allen Ezail Iverson.
— NBA (@NBA) March 2, 2014