Allen Iverson named to the 2016 basketball Hall of Fame class
Congratulations, you deserve it! Growing up I loved AI, to me he is exactly what is missing in sports today. Some people have negative feelings towards him for some off the court stuff, his thoughts on practice or thinking he is a ball hog. To me all that is nonsense, this guy had the phrase, “Play every game like it’s his last” and that is exactly what he did. No doubt he deserves to be in the hall of fame, he took a bunch of bench players in 2001 to the NBA finals and it was amazing he was even able to beat the Lakers once in that series they were truly a far more superior team. Allen Iverson no question made the players around him better simply because he tried so hard he wouldn’t allow other players not to and his will to win rubbed off on them. Allen Iverson never had a good enough team to win, if you swapped Shaq with Dikembe Mutombo the Sixers are winning that series. Iverson is barely six foot 160 pounds in his prime and the things he did were amazing. If Kobe were his size and weight and was on the Sixers he’s not winning anything in fact Kobe would have probably begged to be traded to a better team. Iverson never got the ring but is loved in Philly for his heart, plain and simple. I never cared growing up if Allen Iverson would of signed an autograph for me, or that he had cornrows or tattoos I cared about how he played the game. In my lifetime I haven’t seen any player in any sport try as hard as Allen Iverson. Another quote that I love and live by myself that he said a few times was “I hate to lose more than I like to win.” I totally agree!
There are times Iverson can be seen tearing up after being eliminated in the playoffs or ranting on the media about practice nowadays when players get eliminated they laugh and shake the other players hand like why did America get so soft? I miss Iverson so much, his mind set the way he played. Iverson attracted fans from all over the world, ones that didn’t even like basketball, he is a true sports legend in my book. Iverson encouraged me growing up to play basketball, I would watch NBA on NBC and go shoot hoops during halftime. I would look forward to the Sunday matchup, now the Sixers are a joke and the only way they get interest is to have Iverson night every month practically. Winning is most important but if you do lose can you sit back and say you gave it your all, Iverson can. Thank you Allen Iverson, my childhood wouldn’t have been the same without you!
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