A Toast To Allen Iverson

November 26th, 2009 by Bhagwat Kumar Leave a reply »
I understand that I'm going to receive my fair share of criticism for this, and I'm ready for it. I'm aware that praising Allen Iverson is not exactly the most popular course to take right now, but I feel that it still needs to be done.

One of the most influential players in NBA history "retired" early today, and, just for a second, I want to take a break from all the stories about how he brought this on himself and possible comeback destinations to thank a man who might never play professional basketball again.

I want to start off by saying that Allen Iverson is one of my favorite players of all time, if not my favorite. My man-crush on Steve Nash is nothing compared to my fervent, sometimes illogical love for Iverson while he was on the Sixers.

I was still a Rockets fan, but against 29 other teams (28? Weren't there only 28 teams before the Bobcats were created) I rooted for the Sixers. I didn't particularly like their team, in fact their constant inability to find any help for A.I. infuriated me, but I loved them unconditionally and whole-heartedly because of Allen Iverson.

Pausing for a moment, I do realize now that one of the primary ...

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