September 11, 2016 |
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - As soon as Allen Iverson exited the limo outside Symphony Hall on Friday night, a little slower then when he raced past defenders but an hour earlier than necessary, it was clear this was no ordinary night. For one thing, the former 76ers superstar, who during his sensational NBA career wore his hip-hop garb as proudly and consistently as he wore his heart on his sleeve, dressed formally, donning a black tie and tuxedo for his enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
September 10, 2016 |
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - In much the same way he always clashed with convention, the orange Hall of Fame blazer Allen Iverson belatedly slipped on Thursday afternoon clashed with his more familiar hip-hop outfit - jeans, black shirt, a Yankees cap, and chain. "Conformation was the medicine most black athletes took once they reached a certain level of success, wealth and fame," Scoop Jackson, the writer and cultural critic, noted in his profile of Iverson that appeared in the program for the 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend.
September 10, 2016 |
Once he arrives in Springfield, Mass., for Friday's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Billy King will find Allen Iverson, embrace him, and pump his hand before pleading with him one more time: Please, Allen, turn your past into your future. He will say what he said to Iverson the last time they were together, when King - once the 76ers' president and general manager - saw Iverson before a Sixers-Brooklyn Nets game at the Wells Fargo Center last season.
September 9, 2016 |
I WOULD NOT allow myself to go there. I refused to let the alarm bells chiming in my head take me back to 15, 16 or 17 years ago. I don't know a lot of things about Allen Iverson, but, after chronicling the vast majority of his NBA career, I know how much his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame means to him. Even with a bunch of little devils screaming - "Oh, well, what did you expect?" - I fought them off and decided Iverson deserved the benefit of the doubt.
August 7, 2016 |
In addition to the physical feats he accomplished as an NBA star despite his sub-6-foot stature, another of Allen Iverson's special talents was the ability to capture the attention and adoration of nearly every race, age, and gender. The depth of the soon-to-be Hall of Famer's fandom was on display Friday night at the 2016 Allen Iverson Celebrity Summer Classic at Temple's Liacouras Center. Iverson, who will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 9, was joined on the court by former NBA players such as Rasheed Wallace, Larry Hughes, Jerome Williams, and Jumaine Jones.
August 6, 2016
Need something to do this weekend? Don't worry, we've got you covered. SPORTS 7:30 p.m. Friday, Liacouras Center , 1776 N. Broad St. $15-$100. 215-204-2400. We talking 'bout charity? A.I. hosts producer Jahlil Beats, rapper Pusha T, and boxer Danny "Swift" Garcia in a celeb b-ball game. Proceeds will go to the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia and the iChooseLife Foundation. Iverson diehards, of course, will be wearing his new Stance sock line . - Molly Eichel 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood.
July 30, 2016
A.I. style Sixers great Allen Iverson has always been known for his fashion sense, for better or worse. Iverson ushered in an era of street wear for NBA players. He donned cornrows and long, baggy T-shirts, rather than boring drab suits. He was skewered for his "gangsterization" of basketball culture when, really, Iverson was just being Iverson. His influence is retro now; 'ballers prefer the chic designer look. But Iverson still made his mark. Now, he is a fashion mogul. He has just designed a line for Stance, the high-end sock company.
June 25, 2016 |
Allen Iverson's advice for top draft pick Ben Simmons is simple: Give Philadelphia everything he has. "Play every game like it's your last and they will love you," Iverson said. "They will love you to death. That's all they want. " Iverson spoke to the media before the 76ers' draft party in Eakins Oval on Thursday afternoon. Twenty years ago, he was the team's first overall pick. He's remembered as one of the franchise's best and most beloved players, but when Iverson began his career, he knew he had a reputation to live up to. "It's not going to be any different from Ben Simmons' view," said Iverson, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in September.
April 11, 2016
FOR THE FIRST time since it was announced Monday that he was among the class of 2016 for the Basketball Hall of Fame, Allen Iverson met with the Philadelphia media Friday. In a 25-minute gathering, Iverson spoke of his love of the Philly fans, of his desire to play as hard as he could for them each and every night and his desire to continue to improve as a person. While tearfully speaking of those who meant so much to him in his life and how he wanted to include them in his induction, he mentioned the late Phil Jasner, who also earned Hall of Fame induction for his 76ers coverage for the Daily News for 29 years.
April 10, 2016 |
If Friday was any indication, Allen Iverson is going to be one teary-eyed Hall of Famer when he is inducted Sept. 9 in Springfield, Mass. Merely talking about being elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame brought the 76ers legend to tears Friday during a news conference at the Wells Fargo Center. "I'm up here getting emotional with you guys from this," Iverson said. "So imagine what it's going to be when that day comes. All I want is the people that love and care about Allen Iverson to feel good about that day. And the ones that don't love him, I want my family and my friends and my fans to say, 'Ha, ha.' " An emotional Allen Iverson has the perfect response for anyone unhappy to see him in the Hall of Fame.