Allen Iverson sticks to his idol, won’t rank LeBron higher

iverson-jordanNBA legend Allen Iverson is not among those, who today claim LeBron James has surpassed Michael Jordan in some ways, while undeniably being one of the best who ever played the game.

Iverson has admitted on many occasions that he has only one basketball player, and that’s Jordan.

“I honestly wanted to be like Mike,” Iverson recently said on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”

“I owe a lot to him, that’s why I thanked him the way I did in my Hall of Fame speech because I really believe that as a basketball player, if it wasn’t for Michael Jordan, there wouldn’t be no Allen Iverson,” the Hall of Famer said.

Meanwhile, Iverson does give credit to James. He admitted that he attended one of LeBron’s high school games, and knew the kid from Akron, Ohio was going to be special.

“I love LeBron,” the 11-time All-Star said. “I hate the comparison with him and Mike. That tells you so much about what type of player he is if you compare somebody to black Jesus. (laughs)

“But LeBron is going to be on the Mount Rushmore of basketball players, but a guy like me that looked up to Mike the way I did. I can’t put anybody before Mike. I wanted to be like Mike, and so many kids want to be like LeBron,” Iverson said.

Iverson last played in the NBA in the 2009-10 season, and he officially retired in 2013. However, along the way, the 1996 No. 1 overall pick and 11-time All-Star had a 10-game stint with the Turkish Basketball League’s Besiktas in 2010-11.

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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