On Friday, Allen Iverson, one of the most coveted point guards in the NBA, delivered a sincere speech with shoutouts and moments all the while granting tribute to the city of Philadelphia. Iverson was drafted 1st overall by the 76ers where he spent played 12 seasons for them (1996-2006, 2009-2010).

Iverson thanked Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, Redman and Michael Jackson for playing a monumental role in the sound that motivated him to work his hardest. As Iverson mentioned his children, he started to get emotional describing them as his “crutch” throughout his sixteen-year career.

Iverson compared his first game against Michael Jordan like a Dave Chappelle skit or like Charlie Murphy meeting Rick James for the first time. “That’s Mike!” Iverson exclaimed. “And I’m looking at him. I’m looking at the shoes. And I’m like, ‘Man, he got on the Jordans!’”

After a remarkable stint at Georgetown University where he earned All-American honors, Iverson immediately shaped the 76ers franchise into playoff-caliber basketball. Iverson made it to 11 All-Star appearances and became the NBA’s most valuable player in 2001. He managed to score nearly 27 points per game and 6 assists. Iverson was rated the fifth-greatest NBA guard of all time by ESPN in 2008 five years before he retired in 2013.

Shaquille O’ Neal and Yao Ming were also inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday.

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