Just watch that video above and you can see how much the Hall of Fame means to Allen Iverson.
Humble and thankful were not the words most fans would associate with Iverson back in his days as a Sixer, but when he talked about getting to the Hall of Fame he was those things, as you can see in the CSNPhilly.com video above. For the six of you who prefer to read quotes, here you go:
“The only thing that got me here is my teammates and my coaches. That’s the only reason I’m here,” he said. “All those guys sacrificed their games and sacrificed different things for me to be honored like this. Without them, it wouldn’t have happened. Without my coaches putting me in a position to succeed, Mike Bailey did it on my high school level, Coach [John] Thompson did it on a college level and Larry Brown molded me into an MVP and Hall of Fame player. Without those guys, I wouldn’t be here.”
Iverson also opened up about how all the criticism of him as a person impacted him over the years, something in Jessica Camerato’s CSNPhilly story about Iverson’s arrival.
“I can’t tell you how many — because I don’t know — but how many nights I cried from criticism and people critiquing everything about me and my life and the choices that I made and the mistakes that I made,” he said. “To be able to say after all of that, still to be recognized as one of the best ever to play the game was, and it still is, just a great moment for me, my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches. I just think it’s the best. And especially my fans. You know me. The real true ones. The ones that never gave up and never felt that I wasn’t who in my heart I know I am.
“All of the people that criticized everything about what I’ve done in my career, they can’t take this from me, all the barbershop talk and all that stuff. The ones that support me can always say, ‘This guy was immortalized by being a Hall of Famer.’”