Iverson selected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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Anthony Bell

There has been an ongoing barbershop style debate about who the best six-foot-and-under guard to ever play the game of basketball was. Ironically, “The Answer,” the nickname given to Allen Iverson at the start of his career, is now simple.

On Monday, Iverson was selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and he spoke in front of a crowd filled with thousands of fans and supporters. Undeniably, everyone was moved by the man who was once a dominant force and assassin, on and off the court.

Iverson was the 2001 NBA Most Valuable Player. He won three NBA Scoring Titles, was an 11-time NBA All-Star and the 1997 NBA Rookie of the Year. He was the number one overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.

His legacy is unprecedented; he is now solidified as the greatest little warrior to ever play the game of basketball. The greatness of other small guards such as Isaiah Thomas and Nate Archibald, two of the 50 greatest players ever, remains evident and could never be diminished.

However, when you mention Iverson, you think of a miniature dynamo that was fearless and relentless.

Getting selected to the Hall of Fame is the ultimate sign of people’s respect for what he did as a player. His greatness shone, and he bridged the gap between hip-hop and basketball. He never wore a suit, was the first NBA player with braids in his hair and sagged his pants when entering the arena.

For the black community, he was revered more than Michael Jordan because of his rebellious attitude in staying true to his roots. He provided a sense of acknowledgement for those who came from the struggle, and the reality of hardship came alive and true for those who had no clear understanding of it.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Friday, September 9, 2016 in Springfield, Mass. Ticket packages are now on sale and available online at www.hoophall.com.

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