On Sunday afternoon, former Philadelphia 76ers point guard and superstar Allen Iverson publicly announced that he would not be suiting up for his most recent homecoming. Although long retired from the NBA and now a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, “A.I.” was slated to take the floor in Philadelphia once again as part of Ice Cube’s BIG3 three-on-three basketball league.
Despite the fact that Iverson was not medically cleared to play in the “City of Brotherly Love” over the weekend, the seasoned signal caller still served as the head coach of 3’s Company.
Allen Iverson announces that he won't be playing in tonight's BIG3 game in Philly 😢
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“I’m glad I had a chance to come back home,” Iverson recently told the crowd in Philadelphia after the player introductions. “Ain’t nothing like this relationship we have. I love you for supporting me throughout my career, and still today you’re still supporting me.”
However, the city of Philadelphia was not left totally empty handed as Iverson’s team matched up against another local legend in former 76ers swingman Julius Erving, who coaches the Tri-State team.
“Big3 is a new concept, but it’s an old story,” Erving said, via ESPN. “It’s about playing ball the way we all learned how to play ball out in the playground, like the playgrounds all around Philadelphia.”
The 42-year-old Iverson notably suited up for the 76ers from 1996-97 to midway through the 2006-07 campaign. Returning to Philadelphia during the 2009-10 regular-season as well, Iverson was originally selected by the once-heralded franchise with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft out of Georgetown.