Updated: Sep 15, 2020
The man with the killer crossover that claimed the ankles of players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James & countless others was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame on September 9th 2016. In his enshrinement speech he talks about different time periods of his career and his words came out just the way his play on the court did, heartfelt.
"I'd like to thank coach Johnson for saving my life" - Allen Iverson
Before his college and NBA days Allen Iverson was a dual sport athlete for his high school team, get this, he played running back, defensive back and kick returner in football and was the point guard for the basketball team. His junior year he led both his basketball and football teams to Virginia State championships, this lead to him being scouted by all the top colleges in the country and he went to college then the NBA, lived happily ever after right? Wrong.
February 14, 1993
Iverson and his friends go to a bowling alley in Hampton, Virginia an argument pits the white crowd against the black crowd, things get physical, Iverson's people say he had left by the time things got physical and the other crowd claimed Iverson hit a girl with a chair. After this happened it was hard to find a college interested in giving Iverson a shot at pursuing his sports career further. So how does this story end with a Hall of Fame Speech? Guess you gotta watch the speech and find out.