Posts Tagged ‘Allen Iverson’

Michael Jordan congratulates Allen Iverson

VIDEO: Iverson crossover

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The announcement came down yesterday from the Basketball Hall of Fame revealing the members of the 2016 class. Alongside players such as Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming, longtime Sixers guard Allen Iverson made the cut in his first year of eligibility.

In Houston yesterday for the announcement and the NCAA Championship Game, someone caught footage of Iverson and Michael Jordan, who were great competitors as players, sharing a moment as Hall of Famers.

Allen Iverson photo memes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Part of what made Allen Iverson so popular was his inability to hide his emotions on the court. And as a result of this, we have a trove of pictures of Iverson in various states. The Philadelphia 76ers dipped into that collection to make some memes out of AI’s faces.

For instance: That feeling when the teacher dismisses class, but someone reminds them they forgot to assign weekend homework…


Or: That feeling when your aunt’s birthday present is wack…


There are plenty more here.

Have we seen the 2015 NBA Finals before?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — They say everything old is new again. Perhaps that applies to the NBA as well? A YouTube user took the audio from NBC’s coverage of the 2001 Finals, when Allen Iverson and the Sixers took on Shaq and Kobe and the Lakers and applied that to some visuals of this year’s Finals. I guess the David/Goliath storyline is applicable to many situations, including LeBron James and Stephen Curry

VIDEO: 2015 vs 2001 Finals

(via SLAM)

Allen Iverson takes over Sixers Twitter account

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Besides letting the players coach, yesterday the Sixers also brought back legendary guard Allen Iverson and gave him the controls to the team’s Twitter account to answer questions and interact with fans. Here are some of The Answer’s best answers…


Catching up with Allen Iverson

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At this point, it’s been five years since Allen Iverson last played in the NBA. The Sixers retired his number a year ago, and since then Iverson has mostly kept a low profile. But this week the Sixers sat down with Iverson and talked about everything from shoes to life on the road to the biggest trash talker he ever played against.

VIDEO: Catching up with Iverson

Tyronn Lue poses for picture with fan wearing Iverson shirt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments in Allen Iverson‘s career came in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals. Iverson’s Sixers squared off against the Lakers, and Iverson put on a performance for the ages, finishing with 48 points in Philly’s overtime win. But the moment seared in everyone’s brains from that game was probably when Iverson shook free from Lakers guard Tyronn Lue, and then drained a jumper as Lue tripped and fell. Then, Iverson turned and with an exaggerated gait, stepped over the prone Lue on his way back up the court. (Lue and the Lakers got the last laugh, however, winning the next four games of the series to take the 2001 NBA title.)

Iverson retired and has moved on from the game, but Lue remains involved with the NBA, and he currently works as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. So when the Cavs recently visited Philadelphia, a fan wearing a shirt depicting the Iverson/Lue moment asked Lue for a photo. To Lue’s credit, he obliged, albeit with a bit of a smirk.

VIDEO: Lue Shirt

And if you want more AI moments, here are his top ten plays of all time. Always worth a few minutes of your time…

VIDEO: AI Top 10

Allen Iverson would never want to coach

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While in the Philippines with a group of former NBA players, Allen Iverson was asked if he’d ever consider becoming a coach. This isn’t the first time Iverson’s been asked about this — at his jersey retirement back in March, Iverson said he would consider rec league or high school ball. But what’s great about the clip below is Iverson’s reasoning — can you say, “Practice?”

What if Morgan Freeman read Allen Iverson’s “Practice” rant?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months ago, comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo went on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” show and performed a memorable trick: He read LeBron‘s “coming home” essay in the voice of Morgan Freeman. And it was great.

So yesterday they had Caliendo back, and this time he read Allen Iverson‘s “practice” rant in the voice of Morgan Freeman. Practice, man.

VIDEO: Freeman/Iverson

NBA players from Georgetown give back in big way

Rockets v Grizzlies

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The list of NBA players who played their college ball at Georgetown University is long and impressive: Ewing, Mourning, Mutombo, Iverson, Hibbert. And that’s just for a start. The common thread for most of those guys, besides the University itself, is longtime coach John Thompson Jr., who coached many of them (or did his son, John Thompson III).

In the spring, Georgetown announced that it would break ground on a state-of-the-art athletics facility named for Coach Thompson. Since the announcement, several former Hoya basketball players have announced they would be donating money to help make the facility a reality. Last week, Jeff Green kicked in a million dollars, and Patrick Ewing and his longtime agent David Falk joined together to give over $3 million. And then yesterday, it was announced that Pacers center Roy Hibbert would be kicking in a million dollars as well. As Hibbert told the Washington Post, “It’s important for me to give back as much as possible. I actually gave [Thompson Jr.] a call, and then we talked for a little bit today, wished him happy birthday. He was a big part of my development at school. He always said what was on his mind. He was out pushing me to be a better player. Obviously he’s a legend.”

Nice to see these guys willing to give back in such a substantial way.

Iverson documentary trailer debuts

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The story of Allen Iverson is one of the most compelling, amazing, divisive, interesting stories in all of sports. And for those of us from my generation, we got to live through it, seeing The Answer as he fought for his place among the NBA’s great, eventually scoring an MVP award and a trip to the NBA Finals. Now that AI is officially retired, he’s telling his own story with an upcoming documentary, simply titled Iverson. The movie debuts this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, and will certainly make its way to a larger audience soon…

VIDEO: Iverson Documentary