This past Saturday night, Allen Iverson had his No. 3 jersey retired by the Philadelphia 76ers. With his jersey hanging from the rafters, he will always be considered one of the greatest players of all time. But according to A.I., he is the best to ever play in the NBA.
Larry Brown, who coached Iverson for six years with the Sixers, was asked about the superstar in an interview with HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” Currently coaching at Southern Methodist University, Brown recalled Iverson’s recent visit with his team.
“He spoke to our team and it was the most unbelievable talk I’ve ever heard. Our kids were spellbound,” said the Hall of Fame coach. Brown continued, “He was so open and honest with ‘em. The one thing that stuck out in my mind, one of the kids said, ‘Who’s the best player to ever play?’ Who do you think he said? Allen Iverson. And he said, ‘I’m not disrespecting Michael [Jordan] or Magic [Johnson] or Julius Erving or any of those guys.’ He said, ‘I couldn’t have done what I did at my size if I didn’t feel that way.’”
Who needs a spot on LeBron’s Mount Rushmore when you truly believe you are No. 1?
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