Courtside stories: NBA legend Allen Iverson on his biggest disappointments

allen iverson with ballFormer NBA player Allen Iverson is considered not only among the best to ever play the game, but also one of the most influential players. He started what would soon become a completely new generation of professional ballers.

Iverson won his share of awards in the NBA, including a trip to the NBA finals, where his Philadelphia Sixers lost to the LA Lakers. Despite never winning a championship, Iverson was rated the fifth greatest NBA shooting guard of all time by ESPN in 2008.

Iverson however does have his disappointments. Aside from not winning an NBA championship, his biggest disappointment is being left off the 2008 Olympic team.

Iverson did play on the U.S. Olympic team in 2004 in Athens, where the US squad had to settle for the bronze medal.

According to a Bleacher Report article, Iverson met with Jerry Colangelo, the USA Basketball director and felt confident about being on the Olympic squad in 2008.

However, months later Iverson received a “two-paragraph letter” from Colangelo that said Iverson wouldn’t be invited to the Olympic team.

“That one really stung,” Iverson said. “That hurt. I still think about it to this day. I wanted it so bad. I wanted another shot. It was my chance to make it all right. I was all in. Me and Tim Duncan talked about it a lot. It was our dream to come back in four years and win gold.”

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.

Iverson took his team all the way to the NBA Finals in 2001 but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.

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  1. Iverson began using a basketball sleeve during this season during his recovery from bursitis in his right elbow.