Elton Brand on Iverson: he represented Philadelphia the right way

allen-iverson-sixersAllen Iverson may not have retired on as a high note as Kobe Bryant, but the Philadelphia Sixers will forever remember him. Iverson got what he deserved when he was selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

NBA vet Elton Brand recalled playing with Iverson in Philadelphia during the 2010-2011 season.

“[He] put the team on his back, put the city on his back, brought them to the Finals,” Brand said of Iverson. “[He was the] scoring champ many years. He definitely deserves [being in the Hall of Fame].”

“He’d see the mismatches and he’d just exploit them,” Brand said, CSNPhilly reported. “That crossover was unstoppable. The way he finished around the rim was uncanny.”

Brand also recalled playing with Iverson on the Team USA.

“Playing with him on USA teams, seeing his motor and his joy of basketball, his basketball IQ is very, very underrated,” Brand said. “He knew how to get fouls. He knew how to play the game. He was a special player.”

Brand recalled how Iverson was playing his final season with the Sixers before being released.

“He worked hard,” Brand said of Iverson’s final season. “They were joking about practice, practice, things like that. That’s the ongoing joke, but he practiced. He got extra shots. … He was just a wonderful, all-around teammate to be around.”

“One-sixty-five, they said 6-1 but he’s probably 5-11,” Brand said. “He’s just relentless, played through every injury. He represented Philadelphia the right way.”

Iverson, spent 14 seasons in the NBA, playing in 914 NBA games (901 started), and holds career average of 26.7 points per game, and 6.2 assists per game, with 41.1 minutes per game.

He scored a total of 24,368 career points. He was the winner of both the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors. He is an 11-time All-Star, and 4-time NBA scoring champion.


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