Now that the Sixers are officially retiring Allen Iverson’s number, I’m able to really sit back and take a look at the effect that he had on this city. There was NOTHING like being a Philadelphian during the AI days. I still remember how we lost it when the Sixers won the ‘01 Eastern Conference Finals. You would’ve thought they’d won the championship. Running down Broad Street with my cousin and going crazy. I’d never had so much pride in my city.
Allen Iverson was an electrifying player and, regardless of his personal struggles, the definition of a great athlete. He may not have the accolades of other legends, but NO one is more deserving of a retired number or has more heart than A.I.
A.I. will always be Philly.
A.I. will always be that dude.