Allen Iverson wants the crowd to be louderIt was nice to see Allen Iverson get some love and recognition over the weekend when his number was retired in Philadelphia. He was a one of a kind talent and easily the most exciting player I’ve ever seen on a basketball court. He influenced an entire era in the NBA and stood up to heavy adversity both on and off the court. People always got lost on how he dressed or talked but there was no denying that when he got on the court there was nothing he wouldn’t do to win. His 48 points in Game 1 against the Lakers in the 2001 NBA Finals may be my favorite single-game performance of all time. One of those nights that makes you want to go shoot jumpers in the gym at midnight. I always thought he would make a deadly 6th man coming off the bench late in his career but that’s just not how AI was built. He always felt he was the best player on the court and wasn’t going to allow age or deteriorating health tell him different. He was a true warrior and my favorite NBA player ever.

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