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Allen Iverson’s Sixers Career in 25 YouTube Clips

Aug 22, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT


News came down yesterday afternoon (reported, appropriately enough, by SLAM Magazine) that Allen Iverson, polarizing Sixers great and likely future Hall of Famer, has finally accepted the inevitable, and will be announcing his retirement imminently. Iverson played 12 seasons for the Sixers (two of them incomplete) and over those years, he won four scoring titles and an MVP award, made the playoffs seven times and the finals once, and was elected to eight All-Star Games. He currently ranks first among the Sixers all-time in three-pointers made and second in points, steals, minutes played and free-throws made–though the numbers only go part of the way to explaining the cultural impact AI had on both this city and the NBA at large, and the way he simply defined Philadelphia basketball for over a decade.

You’ll probably be reading a lot of glowing (and maybe a couple not-so-glowing) remembrances of the Allen Iverson era in the days to come, all by writers more qualified to write on the subject from a historical perspective than I. Instead, I wanted to compile a set of YouTube clips which, when watched in order, basically tell the story of AI’s time in Philadelphia–the on-court highlights, the emotional low points, the WTF? moments, and so on. Hopefully browsing through all 25 will be a better testament to The Answer’s impact than any essay I could write. With Allen Iverson, you always sort of just had to watch, anyway.

  1. willh888 - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Dunk over Camby beats them all. How its not one of the top dunks of all time drives me bonkers. Undersized pg dunking over a center? No pimpin’ it either. No LeBron corny ol’ tough guy stare down. No Garnett flex n’ scream. Just dunked on the dudes head and ran back to play D pointing out matchups.

  2. Eric - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    I was 12 when the Sixers drafted Allen. He immediately became my favorite player. Due to his size (I’m a small guy) his toughness, his borderline arrogance, his heart. I was always a Sixers fan but Allen really turned the page for me. Made me as into the Sixers as I am the Phillies. Before I knew it, I had his Reeboks, “The Answer” arm band, his jersey. I’d cup my hand to my ear when I played. I’d try to pull off his cross cover.

    Sure. His personal life may not have been the cleanest. But who’s is? Allen is one of the first athletes from my childhood, that I watched every night, wanted to be, shaped my youth, to announce his retirement. And it’s a weird thing to think about. Makes you reflect on how time passes. I’m happy to say I got to see him play in person. The 2001 run is one of the fondest sporting memories I’ll ever have.

    Thank you for the memories, Allen. First ballot Hall of Famer.

  3. nahroots - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM


  4. wmcgar01 - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    tyronne lue step over = #1

  5. Debbie - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    I watched him from college and knew he was special. I would watch him on the sixers with my 3yr old son at the time and eventually my son became a huge fan. He wore the arm band like iverson, wanted to dress like iverson and when I took him to the games he was just in aww of watching him play as I was. The energy in that arena when he played has not been matched since he left.When Iverson left he took a bit of all our hearts with him. He was philly and all the heart and sole that came along with it. He loved us and we loved him back! Good Luck AI and thank you for all you gave us and wish the league that you gave so much to was able to let you end leave the way you deserved but nonetheless you probably were the most beloved player to play so that has to mean something, we love you!


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