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A tough guy: Iverson

The Sports Brothers | 8/29/2013, 9 a.m.

Who is he? He was a Rookie of the Year winner, a four-time scoring champ, an 11-time All-Star and an MVP. Word on the street is he has made a decision, ending a career that has been at times brilliant, controversial and puzzling, and he will go down in history as arguably the greatest little guy the NBA has ever seen. putting up a 26.7 points per game scoring average.

The answer is Allen Iverson — one of the best to ever pick up a basketball. I will always remember Iverson's historic "Practice" press conference after one of his many run-ins with one-time Philadelphia Head Coach Larry Brown. Iverson walked to his own beat. He did things his way and bleep you if you did not like it. He will, too, go down as one of the NBA’s all-time drama queens, a guy who was almost impossible for the Sixers organization to control. Iverson was, at the very least, always the topic of conversation. 

Do you remember the well-documented discussions about the role a posse plays for an athlete? Iverson at times walked into arenas or other places at times with what appeared to be a collection of his childhood pals.

Some wondered how the NBA would survive with its most exciting player wearing cornrows and a wide collection of tattoos and his occasional run-ins with the law were infamous — dating back to before his college days at Georgetown.

Whether he is the best will be an endless debate. But he does have some worthy challengers.

Isiah Thomas has that championship pedigree, not to mention a couple of championships that were won on his back. Bob Cousy, Calvin Murphy, Tiny Archibald, John Stockton are names that need no introduction. Iverson's heart was as big if not bigger than any of those guys. Nobody was tougher, nobody fired up the tough city of Philly like Iverson. Just six feet tall and about 165 pounds, he fearlessly attacked the basket and the seven-footers who protected it. Iverson has had some tough times off the court in recent years and we can only hope that we will attack life the way he approached the game. Who needs practice ?

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