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Allen Iverson says Team USA getting bronze at 2004 Olympics ‘haunts’ him

Allen Iverson

Aside from winning an NBA title, Allen Iverson pretty much did it all in what was a Hall of Fame career. However, the 44-year-old cited his forgettable 2004 Olympics with Team USA as something that haunts him:

“Yeah, [losing] hurt,” Iverson admitted, via ESPN. I mean, ’cause I was a part of it. It always haunts me because my dream was to win a gold medal, but the way I look at life is, the things that I’ve accomplished, people where I’m from don’t even get to the doorstep of doing anything like that. So I thank God that I had the opportunity to do it, but yeah, it still bothered me.”

We see no lies here. Allen Iverson — a Rookie of the Year winner, 11-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA team member, four-time scoring champion, two-time All-Star MVP, and a regular-season MVP in the 2000-01 campaign — has one of the most decorated careers in all of basketball.

However, such is his competitive nature that at times, his failures on the basketball court become more relevant than everything else he achieved.

Iverson’s 2004 Team USA squad infamously faltered in the semifinals against Argentina, the eventual gold medalist, with the Americans settling for the bronze medal after defeating Lithuania.

The bronze medal was not what the boys wanted to bring back home, and as it turns out, this disappointment has stuck with Iverson throughout his life.