Iverson’s former teammate in Philadelphia recalls playing with him

iverson-dalembert-1Samuel Dalembert, a 6’11 center, who spent 8 years with the Philadelphia 76ers, has recently recalled playing with his former teammate, All-Star Allen Iverson.

During his time in Philadelphia, Dalembert developed a rapport with Allen Iverson on the court, Basketball Insiders reported.

Dalembert recalled how their dunking dynamic began during his third season.

“It was a very interesting thing to play with him,” Dalembert told Basketball Insiders. “At first, he was more like a penetrator. Then he’d get bumped or banged up.”

“One time I was just like, ‘When you’re penetrating like that and my big is coming to you, I know you want to go to the free throw line but man, you’re going to kill yourself. The moment you see my guy coming, just throw it anywhere on the rim. I’ll go get it.’ He said, ‘Really? You’re going to go get it?’ I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’”

The two began working on alley-oops in practice. The 6’0 Iverson instructed Dalembert, 6’11, to watch his feet. As soon as he saw Iverson take off, he should get ready for a lob.

“My eyes were right there watching him every time,” Dalembert recalled.

iverson-dalembert-2The 76ers traded Iverson to the Denver Nuggets in 2006. He re-signed with the team in late 2009 and spread the word about Dalembert in his return.

“When he came back a second time, he was telling the guys, ‘This guy, you don’t have to worry about it. Just throw it anywhere on the rim,’” Dalembert recalled.

Iverson was a 7-time All-NBA selection, 4-time NBA scoring champion, a three-time steals leader, a two-time All-Star Game MVP and the 1997 Rookie of the Year.

Iverson was 11-time NBA All-Star, 2001 NBA MVP. He spent 14 years in the NBA, appearing in 914 games, averaging 26.7 points per game.


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