Allen Iverson doesn’t want fans to expect too much from him in return to Philadelphia
For basketball fans in Philadelphia, Sunday night will not just be any ordinary one as 76ers legend Allen Iverson will be playing one again inside the Wells Fargo Center. With the Big3 League making its way to the City of Brotherly Love, it will be a feeling of deja vu for the Philly faithful, as they are expected to cheer loudly for their former player.
However, The Answer wanted to make sure his supporters will not expect too much from him, as he is no longer the same player from the one who dominated in the late 90s and early 2000s. He then admitted, via Mike Jensen of Philly.com, that he is excited to play once again in front of the fans in Philadelphia.
“I’m not going to go out there and be the 25-year-old Allen Iverson — you’re going to see a 42-year-old man out there. But to be able to do that, for my fans, I thought that would be cool, just to get back out there again … for my fans to get that flashback.”
“That was part of the dream. The hope, the wish. Just seeing him run out of that tunnel in that uniform, seeing him warm up, basketball in his hands. I just look at the faces of the people in the crowd. They just love it. They just love that they get to see Allen Iverson on the court playing again.”
Iverson is the playing coach of 3’s Company and has played limited minutes during their games so far this season. It can be expected that he will continue to manage his minutes strategically, as he already made clear.
“You’re fooling yourself if you think I’m going to be out there for the whole 50 points. It’s not going to happen. I think I’ve been doing a good job of letting fans know that’s not going to be the case. I don’t even expect them to think they’re going to see the same MVP Allen Iverson. I’ve been retired for six, seven years.”
That may be the case, but his mere presence will certainly draw a huge ovation from the crowd. He is widely considered as one of the best players to ever don the Sixers’ colors, and the fans will make sure he feels appreciated during his visit.