Should Allen Iverson Make the Hall of Fame?

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thought we had a dedicated general purpose AI thread, but that's on ILE. anyways, this is a pretty icky read. i mean this stuff has all been around awhile or at least whispered about, but it's hard to see all this shittiness in one place

Clay, Thursday, 4 June 2015 22:45 (nine years ago) link

six years pass...

Never forget:

Vin Jawn (PBKR), Sunday, 6 June 2021 12:59 (three years ago) link

20 years ago today and I still think about this night all the time.

Vin Jawn (PBKR), Sunday, 6 June 2021 12:59 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Lol @ "Everything but the Chip", but stick this directly in my veins:

il lavoro mi rovina la giornata (PBKR), Tuesday, 30 May 2023 12:21 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Dwayne Wade was just inducted into the HoF and had Iverson present him. Damn if this didn't make me tear up a little bit:

About midway through his speech, Wade looked toward Iverson, a 2016 Hall of Fame inductee. Here’s what he said (you can watch the video below):

“As I reflect on my own destiny and the impact that my heroes have had on my life, I’m reminded that our heroes are not always perfect. Instead, they possess a relatability that makes them touchable and real. When anyone speaks about Allen Iverson, that’s exactly what they say. He’s real. So A.I., I need you to know this: I watched you with awe because I saw a reflection of myself in you. The way you played the game was exciting and fearless. It didn’t matter who they put in front of you. They weren’t going to stop you. I know. I tried.

“It didn’t matter what they said about you because they couldn’t measure the size of your heart. Your authenticity and unapologetic attitude resonated with me. Your swagger, your unique style — rocking durags, braids, the baggy shorts, the untucked jerseys, the earrings, the chains, the throwback jerseys. It all combined to create an image that broke the mold. You challenged conventional norms and became the poster child for individuality and self-expression, inspiring countless individuals to embrace their own uniqueness.

“You brought hope to those who grew up with limited resources. You showed us that success and greatness were attainable, even in the face of adversity. Your struggles made your accomplishments that much more remarkable. A.I., you are a living, breathing reminder that redemption and growth are possible. You inspired a generation, my damn self included, to believe that coming from nothing was not a limitation but motivation.

“I wore an arm sleeve throughout my career because A.I. did. I respectfully wore the No. 3 throughout my college and NBA career to represent the love and the respect that I have for this man. So from the bottom of my heart, you are the culture and we love you and we thank you, Allen Iverson.”

il lavoro mi rovina la giornata (PBKR), Monday, 14 August 2023 01:23 (eleven months ago) link

He was a joy to watch play, especially in person. He could take over a game like very few other players can do. Too bad he's such a dumpster fire.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 14 August 2023 01:27 (eleven months ago) link

A.I. seems like he's at peace in his elder statesman role or at least I hope so.

il lavoro mi rovina la giornata (PBKR), Monday, 14 August 2023 01:56 (eleven months ago) link

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