Why Allen Iverson Is the Most Important NBA Player Since Michael Jordan

November 27th, 2009 by ChiChi Madu Leave a reply »
Somewhere in the middle of the New York Giants crapping the bed against the Denver Broncos on Thanksgiving night, I resisted the urge to throw my remote against the wall and instead decided it would be a better idea to use it to change the channel. I flipped over to NBA-TV and ended up watching the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. A few things struck me from this game...

The quality of play in this game was absolutely atrocious. This was back when NBA All-Star games were basically two hours of uncontested layups, no-look passes going out of bounds and big men awkwardly bricking wide open threes.

The East won the game 111-110, which is unbelievable if you look at the rosters . Only two guys from the East team (Vince Carter and Ray Allen) are still relevant players while for the West, six guys are still going strong (Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Rasheed Wallace, Antonio McDyess).

Did we really have a league where Antonio Davis and Anthony Mason were all-stars? Good Lord. No wonder people hated the NBA in the early 2000s.

After a while, Allen Iverson was the only reason I kept watching this game. He was the most exciting player o ...

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