Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed “The Answer” and “AI“, is an American former professional basketball player. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) at both the shooting guard and point guard positions. Iverson was an 11-time NBA All-Star, won the All-Star game MVP award in 2001 and 2005, and was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2001. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.
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Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed “The Answer” and “AI“, is an American former professional basketball player. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) at both the shooting guard and point protect positions. Iverson was an 11-time NBA All-Star, won the All-Star game MVP honor in 2001 and 2005, and was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2001. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Iverson attended Bethel High School in Hampton, Virginia, and was a dual-sport athlete. He earned the Associated Press High School Player of the Year great compliment in both football and basketball, and won the Division 5 AAA Virginia declare championship in both sports. After high school, Iverson played studious basketball as soon as the Georgetown Hoyas for two years, where he set the theoretical record for career scoring average (22.9 points per game) and won huge East Defensive Player of the Year awards both years.
Following two affluent years at Georgetown University, Iverson acknowledged eligibility for the 1996 NBA draft, and was chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers in the make public of the first overall pick. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in the 1996–97 season. A four grow old scoring champion, winning the NBA scoring title during the 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, and 2004–05 seasons, Iverson was one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, despite his relatively small stature (listed at 6 feet, 0 inches, or 183 centimeters). His regular season career scoring average of 26.7 points per game ranks seventh all-time, and his playoff career scoring average of 29.7 points per game is second only to Michael Jordan. Iverson was in addition to the NBA Most Valuable Player of the 2000–01 season, and led his team to the 2001 NBA Finals the thesame season. Iverson represented the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal.
Later in his career, Iverson played for the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and the Memphis Grizzlies, before ending his NBA career past the 76ers during the 2009–10 season. He was rated the fifth-greatest NBA shooting guard of everything time by ESPN in 2008. He curtains his career in Turkey like Beşiktaş in 2011. He returned as a player-coach for 3’s Company in the inaugural season of the BIG3.
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Doing this for so long, I realize that the media - you have a boss. And your boss wants you to provide the best material that you can. And he might put pressure on you to do it a way that you feel is unconstitutional. You might not like it. But you still gotta feed your family.
I wish the media and people that work in media would realize sometimes - and I know it doesn't pay your bills - but sometimes just sit back and think, like, 'Man, what if this was my child? And somebody was doing this to them? And they had to go through it? If somebody bashed them like this?'
Man, I'm 31 years old and a husband with four kids, I hope I'm no thug. I hear all those negative things and don't hear anything positive. I think that's all those people feel... that way that's all they hear about when you hear Allen Iverson did something negative or something.
Me and my family are straight. I am blessed. I am alive, man, and I am healthy, and that is the only thing that matters. Me and my family, everybody else, it really doesn't matter because why do you care about somebody talking negative about you if they don't know you?
What makes me feel good is all of the people that rooted for A.I. get a chance to say, 'He did what you never thought he could do. The critics. He did what you never thought he could accomplish.' This is a moment that me and my fans and my family and friends can share together because we always believed in the dream.
When you win, everything is everything. But when you lose, it's all about Allen Iverson and Larry Brown. When we win, I know that I get the praise and Larry Brown gets the praise, but when we lose, it's on me and Larry Brown. That's something that I have to learn to accept and deal with.