12 years after the practice rant, Reebok Classics commercial featuring Allen Iverson, Shaq and Kemp, recreates the moment with…Pants.
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Allen Iverson gives thanks to Michael Jordan, who inspired him to play the game of basketball.
Allen Iverson was given a retirement ceremony he deserved. The sixers honored the pound-for-pound one of the greatest by retiring his No. 3 jersey during a ceremony at halftime of a game against the Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
“You have to show me the fool that says dreams don’t come true,” Iverson said. “Because they do. I love you, Philadelphia. I love y’all for accepting me and letting me be me. Letting me make my mistakes, letting me be human, let me learn from them. Just embracing me and making this my home forever.”
Wearing a black jacket, black pants, black glasses, a black hat and gold chains, Iverson addressed the crowd at center court in front of a line of his old jerseys. He was welcomed by the Philadelphia crowd with “M-V-P” chants.
“And now it’s time to party,” Iverson said, concluding his speech.
The sixers also gave Allen a bass fishing boat called the Answer.
The ceremony culminated with a red banner bearing Iverson’s name, the Sixers name and logo and the No. 3 in white being raised to the rafters. Tina Turner’s “Simply The Best” played as the banner proceeded upwards.
This Saturday, Allen Iverson will cement his status as a Sixer legend by having his number “3″ officially retired. This name and number will go up among the Sixer’s greats like Julius Erving.
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What are these NBAlegends doing together? Allen “The Answer” Iverson, Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal and Shawn “Reignman” Kemp were caught together in a photoshoot for Reebok?
The iconic Reebok Question, originally worn by Allen Iverson in his rookie season, is being released with a special Valentine flavour. Reebok Classic gives the ladies a special treat this Valentine’s Day with the first-ever, very limited drop of the Question Mid red/pink in extended grade school sizing. An iconic silhouette originally worn by the one-and-only Allen Iverson, the Question Mid is a staple in the closets of sneakerheads and basketball fans alike.
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Some of you may not know the real reason behind Allen Iverson’s famous outburst in a press conference after the 2002 season.
He felt he was duped by the Sixers front office, saying he was told that the reason for the press conference was to discuss why he wasn’t traded from the team.
“You never knew what that press conference was all about,” he explained.
Eleven years removed from the incident, Iverson wasn’t accusatory. He wasn’t angry. He just looked sad.
So when he told the modest crowd gathered to celebrate his career that the reason for his outburst was because his best friend had died the morning of that press conference, it finally made sense.
“The media — they had no idea that my best friend had just gotten killed,” he said.
He wasn’t another primadonna athlete.
He was in mourning. And what man would want to grieve so publicly with his wounds so fresh?
Iverson was often villified throughout his career for being brash and abrasive, but beneath that, he was also lion-hearted, and, at times, endearingly vulnerable.
Allen Iverson is back with a new shoe re-release. Without doubt, after The Questions, Allen Iverson’s most well-known shoe has to be The Answer IV. Worn during his 2000-01 MVP season, the classic Reebok’s most enduring image was created in Los Angeles, when following a right-to-left cross and corner jumper at the Staples Center, Iverson stepped over a prone Tyronn Lue on his way to handing the Laker juggernaut their first—and, as it would turn out, only—loss of the postseason.
The best way to describe The Answer IV to someone who’s never seen it is this: a sleek and streamlined update of The Question. The Answer IV utilized similar colorblocking and the same ghilly lacing, but featured a lower cut and a zip-up upper, as well as new tech—full-length DMX as opposed to Hexalite—in the midsole.
“The Answer IV, we really set out to create a lightweight shoe with a great speed graphic,” says Reebok Global VP Todd Krinsky. “So when you look at the Answer IV, it’s got a very strong front-to-back graphic that goes throughout the shoe. We created shoes that have a 3M reflective shot because we were always wondering what a shoe would look like when it was shot, flashes going on in the arena. It’s got a 3D Ultralite bottom so it makes the shoe two or three ounces lighter than a normal rubber shoe—back in the day before there was light everywhere, it was one of the lightest basketball shoes. And then from a fashion perspective we added the zipper, and so kids could wear it laced up when they were playing, and they could zipper it down with jeans when they weren’t playing.”
Allen Iverson presented the Game Ball at the Celtics-Sixers Game 6 Showdown and received a heartfelt ovation from the fans. Maybe some good ol’ AI Magic rubbed off, as the Sixers won and forced a Game 7 with the Celtics.
Iverson cupped his hand to his ear and received the loudest ovation of the night. He watched the game from a suite and his eyes watered up when he was shown later in the game on the big screen as the crowd, thousands wearing a No. 3 jersey, went wild and chanted, ”MVP!” Iverson posted on Twitter, ”You can always come home again!!!”
A more revealing moment came during a second-quarter interview with Lisa Salters on ESPN’s telecast.
Asked if he was retired, Iverson told Salters: “I’m not using that word. I wanna play basketball so bad. The way it is right now, I’ve accepted the fact [the NBA] may not happen, but I still want to play basketball. If I can get an opportunity to where it’s gonna make me happy at the end of my career, I’ll take that opportunity.”
Allen Iverson has found his scoring touch again, showcasing to the Chinese fans in the US Legends’ 126-109 victory over the Shanxi Brave Dragons on Wednesday. It is also the most points he had throughout the exhibition team’s two-week China tour.
However, Iverson denied a widely hyped speculation that he is in talks with some CBA clubs for a contract this summer, saying he hasn’t been approached by any of them.
Pundits and some CBA head coaches hinted that Iverson is not physically ready for pro games. But he insisted he remains a superstar, at least “in the CBA”.
Wow, just wow. This brings back good ol’ memories. Remember The Questions? Remember the Reebok commercials featuring AI? We’ll he’s back.
Watch AI show off his handle alongside Swizzy.
YES! They’re back. The iconic Reebok Questions, Allen Iverson’s first signature shoe, will be re-released by Reebok later this month. The official date will be May 25.
Recently, Allen Iverson was spotted rocking the Reebok Questions—his first signature sneaker—during a tour over in China. So, we were pretty sure that they’d be re-released by Reebok at some point. But, now we can tell you that we know for a fact that Reebok will be putting these out again on May 25. As you can see from the photo above, the Questions will be available in a “White/Red” colorway and feature the honeycomb-style air units and the translucent icy blue sole that we’ve all come to know and love.
The release will be hyped and delivered Reebok Creative Director and Iverson fan, Swizz Beatz.
It’s without doubt that Allen Iverson was one of the most influential figures to ever play in the NBA. After a great career at Georgetown University under the mentorship of John Thompson, AI went on to dominate in the league with a career that makes him arguably the best “little man” to ever play the game. Moreover, his presence in hip hop culture is well-documented through his personal style and signature shoe collection with Reebok. The Question, his most celebrated silhouette, is set for a very hyped comeback fueled by Reebok Creative Director and Iverson fan, Swizz Beatz.
A trendsetter in his own right, Iverson’s collection with Reebok was highlighted by the Question – a shoe that in the 90′s graced everyone’s feet and is still classic to this day. The white/red colorways is set to return this month on May 25th. Featuring a predominately white upper, the honeycomb midsole is set off by red accenting and Reebok branding along the lace holes. The AI logo is perched on the heel. Pricing info is not yet available.
Allen Iverson just finished an exhibition game between the Ducks and a US team of NBA players on Thursday in Shenzhen. The US team won 119-109. Iverson, a former NBA MVP, was asked if he was considering joining the CBA. “Why not?” he said.
Source: China Daily
But apparently, Iverson needs to work at his fitness:
Brendan Suhr, the visiting US team’s head coach, said the 36-year-old, dubbed ”The Answer”,needs more practice to prepare for competition in the CBA.
“He has not played for a year against anyone with that ability, so he’s not that good right now,”Suhr said of Iverson’s current status after leading the US squad to a 119-109 over the Ducks inthe team’s third game in Shenzhen on Thursday.
“It’s very hard (for him) to all of the sudden play against tremendous competition like the Ducks presented. I think he’s going to get better and when he makes shots he will get more confident.
But Marbury is an example:
However, a lot of sweat and pain could make a big difference, as Marbury has shown.
To get ready for his time in the CBA, Marbury said he got into the best shape of his career witha tough training regimen last summer.
The Ducks’ head coach, Min Lulei, believes Iverson could make an impact here as well, as longas he takes the China adventure as seriously as his countryman.
Allen Iverson is on the NBA legends promotions tour in China alongside former greats, such as Stephon Marbury, Shawn Kemp, Clyde Drexler, and Dennis Rodman. Here’s the game highlight A.I. in Shenzhen’s game on 3rd May, 2012
Allen Iverson scored 27 points and also had a number of nice pass. A.I.’s team won 119-109 over Marbury’s team which is the Champion of CBA this year. A.I.’s team has won for three straight game in this China tour.
Allen Iverson is in China for a two-week promotional basketball tour — something billed as the NBA Legends Tour (alongside Iverson will be Dennis Rodman, Clyde Drexler, Shawn Kemp and Stephon Marbury) — but Marbury thinks his former NBA rival would do very well if he stuck around for a while. (After all, Starbury would know.)
FromNiubball: “Shorty after getting on the ground from the U.S. yesterday morning, he fielded questions from Chinese reporters and when when asked if he’d consider playing in the CBA next season, he replied: ‘Why not?’ Iverson has been out of professional basketball since January 2011, when he left Turkish outfit Besiktas after he injured his right calf muscle. This is not the first time Iverson has been linked with a move to the CBA: He flirted with the idea of playing in China in the summer/fall of 2010 and had several serious offers, including a reported $4 million contract from Foshan. Iverson ended up declining Foshan and all other teams, and signed a two-year deal with Bestikas shortly after in October. At this point, there is no indication as to which teams Iverson would be open towards joining. [...] But maybe more importantly, Iverson has a valuable ally in his Chinese corner this time, Stephon Marbury. Fresh off of leading the Beijing Shougang Ducks to their first ever CBA championship, Marbury has grown into a bonefied superstar in China and has been called a hero of Beijing by the city’s millions of inhabitants. Due to a CBA rule that limits both the regular season and Finals MVP award to Chinese players, popular Chinese basketball website, hoopCHINA, has lead a campaign to build Marbury a bronze statue that will commemorate his season in Beijing, a project that has garnered the support of more than 1 million people in China. [...] Marbury, who will play against Iverson for the Legends Tour’s first thee games, returned to Beijing yesterday after a short trip to the United States and was immediately supportive of Iverson joining up with a Chinese team next season. ‘I think [Iverson] will be rejuvenated if he played in China,’ Marbury said on his Sina Weibo account (Chinese Twitter). ‘He would love the fans here if he played basketball here. I hope he can feel the love when he plays here in the coming games.’”
Do you think Allen Iverson should follow Stephon Marbury’s footsteps and play in China?
After Stephon Marbury’s success in winning the Chinese Basketball League, news has been floating around that Allen Iverson is hoping to play in China. Could this be true? It certainly sounds likely as Allen Iverson is currently in Shanghai on a two-week promotional basketball tour, where he will team up with other NBA stars including Dennis Rodman, Clyde Drexler, Shawn Kemp to play against three Chinese Basketball Association teams in seven games. The first leg is in Cixi, Zhejiang province on April 28, and the showdown is between the US Legends versus Beijing Ducks (Stephon Marbury’s championship team).
Following in his arch rival Stephon Marbury’s foot steps, former NBA superstar Allen Iverson is seriously considering joining the Chinese basketball market.
Iverson confirmed on Friday that he will seek to talk with some Chinese basketball clubs and hopes that there is an opportunity for him to play in the country, according to Modern Express.
Iverson arrived in Shanghai on Friday for a two-week promotional basketball tour, where he will team up with other NBA stars including Dennis Rodman, Clyde Drexler, Shawn Kemp to play against three Chinese Basketball Association teams in seven games. The first leg is in Cixi, Zhejiang province on April 28, and the showdown is between the US Legends versus Beijing Ducks.
One employee from the organizing committee of the tour revealed that the eagerness of the former NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2001 and four-time scoring champion is inspired by the tremendous success of his old foe Stephon Marbury, who led the Ducks to their first-ever CBA title last season.
It makes Iverson’s possible stay – a long-term one – in China more intriguing as the 37-year-old was spotted wearing a Chinese sports brand T-Shirt – Qiaodan – at a dinner party on Friday night.
Drafted as the No 1 pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996, Iverson played 14 years in the NBA, averaging 26.7 points. He was deemed as one of the best shooting guards in the league’s history. He played for the club of Beşiktaş Milangaz in Turkey in the 2009-10 season.
Allen Iverson has declared his desire to return to the NBA. He wants to keep his passport at home and play in the USA. He has made an open plea to any team that will take on the services of a 36-year old former NBA MVP.
“Just give me a training camp,” he said. “Maybe I’ve rubbed people the wrong way as far as saying the things I’ve said in my life and in my career. But if any team needs me to help try and win a championship in any capacity, I’m waiting.”
“It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had in my life,” he said. “They were great to me. They embraced me like I would never think. Everything was great as far as that experiment.”
“My teammates. The love I had for them,” he said. “All of us had the same goal. It wasn’t the whole thing of us making it to the finals. It was just the partnership we had with each other. It was just the fact that we gave the city of Philadelphia everything we had every night. We weren’t the most talented team ever, but we competed night in and night out. That’s everything to me.”“The only thing that I give a damn about is that the people that care about me know that I’m all right,” he said. “All I want is my real fans to know I’m fine, my wife is fine, my kids are fine. I’m fine and I’m looking forward to getting back on a team and being productive like I have been my whole career.”
“It’s tricky because of the location,” Andrews said. “So we’re going to try to treat it without surgery.” In a statement provided by Iverson’s manager, Gary Moore, Andrews said Iverson probably won’t be able to return for “six to eight weeks or more.”
“At this point it is certainly more important to get [Iverson's] calf healed and asymptomatic than it is to try to play with continued pain, ” Andrews wrote.
The injury prompted Iverson to leave his current team, Besiktas of the Turkish League, to return to the United States for treatment. Iverson signed with Besiktas after failing to receive an offer from a single NBA team.
Allen Iverson is to have surgery with Dr. Andrews today as it was posted on his twitter site:
“Dr. James Andrews will perform a procedure tomorrow that should correct a problem in my leg that has been bothering me for some time now. I understand that this procedure is quite complicated because of where the lesion is located in my leg. I feel like I am in the hands of the very best in Dr. Andrews and with the help of the Good Lord, this problem will be corrected at I can go back to Turkey and help my team just in time for the playoffs.”
Please send your prayers to Allen and hope his surgery is successful and that he returns back in action soon.
An MRI has revealed a lesion that is in my right leg and pressing against the bone. I am coming home for further examinations and possibly surgery. I have never said anything about retirement nor have I said goodbye to the game of basketball. I love this game! That is why I went all the way to Turkey to continue playing and once I get past this, my plan is to continue playing at the highest level possible. So don’t put me in my rocking chair just yet. Hold on, I’ll be back! Stay tuned.
People around the web have been analyzing his tweet, specifically on his mention of playing “at the highest level possible”. Surely, that would be the NBA. Does he mean to return to the NBA after his surgery? At this point, this is just speculation. This author thinks that he should return to Sixers.