Allen Iverson had a controversial career, and his life has been rocky for the past several years, but he was one of the greatest athletes — in any sport — to watch in my lifetime. At Georgetown and through his prime, it was like he had a turbo button that he could use at will — you’d have trouble filling one hand counting the number of basketball players from the past two decades more unstoppable than turbo Iverson. The defiant hubris that ultimately triggered his downfall was a major part of what propelled him to greatness in the first place.
After introducing Iverson for the ceremony, the Sixers put Larry Brown on the video board. “God put me there to coach you, but I’m the one that’s benefitted from it. I’m so proud of you, and I don’t think anyone deserves it more than you,” said the legendary coach.
“They wanted me to talk about how much y’all love me,” Iverson said, amidst a humble and touching speech. “But trust me and know that the feeling is mutual … You have to show me the fool that says dreams don’t come true.”
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