Allen Iverson hated ‘We Want A.I.’ chants in first BIG3 game
Allen Iverson, now a player/coach in Ice Cube‘s BIG3 League that tipped off yesterday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, wasn’t fond of the fans clamoring his name to get back in the game, matter of fact — he hated it.
“I hate it,” Iverson said, referring to the crowd’s “We want A.I.” chants, making it clear that fans shouldn’t be expecting him to be the 40-minute-per-game machine he was in his heyday, or play very many minutes at all for that matter, according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.
The Answer scored a mere two points in his debut, going 1-of-6 from the floor in very limited minutes during his team’s 61-51 opening win.
His role is more focused on the coaching side of basketball, making it a rather hard concept to grasp for rabid fans that were hopeful to see Iverson lace them up once again since his retirement from the game in 2013.
BIG3 used Iverson as one of its main selling points, including him in interviews, commercials, and plastered in ads through sports magazines. A ruthless assassin through his time in the NBA, sadly he won’t be collecting as many ankles and getting buckets like most of us thought.
The league will hit its next stop in Charlotte, N.C. next Sunday, July 2.