Allen Iverson, the 11-time NBA All-star was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday evening. Iverson brings the audience to tears with his moving speech filled with gratitude and humility.
He thanked coach John Thompson for saving his life and referred back to how in high school he was “recruited by every school in the country for football and basketball,” but after he was charged in a bowling alley brawl and sentenced to 15 years in prison with 10 years suspended, all of those offers went away. After, Gov. Doug Wilder pardoned Iverson and he was able to return back to high school. He explained how his mother begged coach Thompson to give him a chance at Georgetown.
Iverson was one of the all time greats to play point guard in the NBA and during his speech while, thanking coach Larry Brown, he went on to say, “I was an alright basketball player, I had talent. But once I started to listen to Larry Brown and take constructive criticism, I learned how much of a great, great, great coach that he is. Once I started to listen to him and was coached by him, that’s when I became an MVP, I became an All-Star…and I followed his lead all the way.”