NBA superstar Kevin Durant has recently showed his share of respect to retired Allen Iverson, saying AI is “pound for pound the best”.
“He changed the way we play ball. He changed the culture of ball. He is pound for pound the best. He paved the way. I can go on and on. But he’s a legend and I’m just walking the path he created,” Durant tweeted.
Last year, prior to Iverson having his jersey retired by the Philadelphia Sixers, another NBA star, LeBron James, said basically the same thing.
“Pound-for-pound, probably the greatest player who ever played,” said James, who idolized Iverson when he was young, ESPN reported.
“You could never question [Iverson’s] heart, his will to want to win. A true warrior,” James said.
Iverson’s jersey number was retired by the Sixers on March 1, during the halftime ceremony against the visiting Washington Wizards, at Wells Fargo Center.
Iverson joined the other great Sixers players (including Charles Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain, Maurice Cheeks, Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, Hal Greer and Bobby Jones), becoming only the 8th player in team history to have his number retired.
AI himself said he was “the bridge” between the Michael Jordan era and the Lebron James era.
Iverson was a seven-time All-NBA selection, a four-time NBA scoring champion, a three-time steals leader, a two-time All-Star Game MVP and the 1997 Rookie of the Year.
Iverson earned 11 consecutive All-Star selections and the 2001 NBA MVP award during his 14-year NBA career, which peaked when the 6-foot, 165-pound guard led Philadelphia to the 2001 NBA Finals, where it lost in five games to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Despite never winning a championship, Iverson was rated the fifth greatest NBA shooting guard of all time by ESPN in 2008.
Iverson played 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.Follow @exnbadotcom
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