If Dwyane Wade chose Allen Iverson to induct him into the Hall of Fame, it is to shine the light on the former Sixers player. The former Heat star believed that time had taken its toll and that, unfortunately, younger people did not realize the cultural impact of the 2001 MVP on an entire generation.
Words confirmed by Rasheed Wallace, contemporary of Allen Iverson at the end of the 1990s and during the 2000s.
“He is a phenomenal player and a rockstar”declares the former Pistons interior for Underdog NBA. “I saw it from both sides: I played against him and, at the end of his career, we were teammates in Detroit. His fans ? They were incredible, crazy. It was really huge. I want to compare this to Michael Jordan and his fans. Jordan always had a crowd outside his hotel wherever he went, and people took pictures of him like he was Michael Jackson. I’ve played with All-Stars, like Scottie Pippen. The latter had fans, but it wasn’t crazy when he had six championship rings. »
To illustrate this madness around the four-time top scorer in the league, the 2004 NBA champion remembers Allen Iverson’s first hours in the colors of the Pistons, in November 2008.
“The day of his transfer, Iverson arrives by bus and people come to greet him. I don’t remember where we were, but we were on a road trip. Before our match, when we arrive at the hall, I see hundreds of people with signs, some even already had their jerseys! How had they managed to get it so quickly? He had been transferred the day before… He was a rockstar and he is one of the most popular players in NBA history. »
|2006-07 *||All Teams||65||43||44.2||31.5||79.5||0.4||2.6||3.0||7.2||1.5||1.9||4.1||0.2||26.3|
|2008-09 *||All Teams||57||37||41.7||28.3||78.1||0.5||2.5||3.0||5.0||1.5||1.5||2.6||0.1||17.5|
|2009-10 *||All Teams||28||31||43.0||36.0||79.4||0.6||2.3||2.8||4.0||1.7||0.7||2.3||0.1||13.8|
How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Successful shots / Attempted shots; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def=defensive rebound; Tot = Total rebounds; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost balls; Ct: Against; Pts = Points.