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Allen Iverson Officially Announces His Retirement From The NBA; Watch His Emotional Speech

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From the rough streets of Hampton, Virginia to becoming one of the greatest NBA players of all time and after 14 years in the National Basketball Association, legendary baller Allen Iverson has officially announced his retirement from the league. Earlier today Wednesday (October 30), the 38-year-old gave his official retirement speech via a press conference at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where he starred for the 76ers.

In my opinion, A.I. broke down barriers and changed the league/NBA after first being drafted in 1996 by the 76ers. He also took an a$$-kicking for being himself, looking the way he looked and dressing the way he dressed. Now when you look around, a lot of the NBA players have tattoos and cornrows. A.I. took a beating for those types of things but it’s not how you look on the outside, it’s who you are in the inside and how good of a player you are on the court. He was 100% Hip-Hop and represented the streets/inner cities and I don’t think the NBA was ready for the kid.

I grew up in South Jersey, 15 minutes across the bridge from Philadelphia and A.I. was iconic. We looked up to him. I remember when he used to come to my junior high and high school in his Bentley. This is an emotional moment for myself and a lot of A.I. fans. I’m shedding a few tears as I watch A.I.’s speech.

In his 12-minutes emotional speech, A.I. thanked God for giving him the opportunity to be drafted, talked about his greatest moment being in the NBA which was being drafted, making it from Hampton, Virginia, always believing in himself and how his mother always told him that he can be whatever he wanted to be and he believed it.

He also thanked his coaches, Michael Jordan for giving him a vision (MJ made A.I. want to play basketball, showed him the way and gave him the path that he wanted to walk on), former teammates, the fans in Philadelphia and most importantly his family and friends. Watch the emotional speech below:

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Exclusive Photos: Official Reebok Classic Question Mid/Answer IV [Arrives Friday, March 8th]

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Before Allen Iverson was schooling pros in sold-out stadiums, he was perfecting his game in college gyms. The Reebok Question Mid and Answer IV, old school at its finest.

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The flat grey/athletic navy/white Question Mid and the white/navy Answer IV will drop at Foot Locker, The Finish Line, Footaction, Eastbay, Champs, Shoe City and Reebok.com on Friday, March 8th for $125.

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Allen Iverson’s Answer IV ‘Red/White’ Drops This Friday (November 30th)

Called the “Last Hero” by Slam magazine, Allen Iverson scored an awe-inspiring 51 points against one of his biggest basketball rivals wearing the Reebok Answer IV White/Red during the 2000-2001 season. A colorway authentic to his Philly team, the White/Red A4 is a true classic. The basketball legend wore the Answer IV White/Red in one of his most historic Reebok photo shoots with his then toddler son, “Deuce.” The limited-edition retro bring back drops Friday, November 30th for $125 at key retailers including Foot Locker, Finish Line, Jimmy Jazz, Champs, DTLR, Shoe Palace, Shiekh and more….

 

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Swizz Beatz, Allen Iverson, Rick Ross, Tyga & Dominique Wilkins Attends Reebok Press Conference At Project Trade Show In Las Vegas

Basketball legends Allen Iverson and Dominique Wilkins were joined by Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross and Tyga for an exclusive press conference to talk about everything upcoming for Reebok Classics this year, specifically the various retro re-releases that Reebok has been coming out with in 2012.

Swizz Beatz moderated this discussion, followed by Dominique Wilkins who talked about his favorite moments for his signature shoe, the Pump Twilight Zone (originally released in 1990, now re-releasing this Friday, August 24thand Allen Iverson talked about the Question and Answer IV releases that happened earlier this year along with the upcoming Question release (white/navy) in October and the additional Answer IV releases in November.  They also talked about the re-release of Emmitt Smith’s ES22 that he wore in 1997 – this style has never been re-released and this is the first time the shoe will be available at retailers in the past 15 year for the upcoming Holiday season.  Rounding out the talk was Rick Ross and Tyga talking about their new partnership with Reebok Classics.

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Picture Me Dope: Swizz Beatz Rocking Allen Iverson’s ‘Reebok Question’ At Shepard Fairey’s Gallery Opening

Yesterday Friday (May 4), music producer and fashion designer Swizz Beatz and his wife Alicia Keys were spotted at the gallery opening for Shepard Fairey at Pace Prints in NYC. Swizzy was also spotted conversing with Obey founder. Swizzy was wearing a G-Star flannel shirt, denim jeans and a pair of Allen Iverson’s Reebok Question sneakers. “The classic shoe that Iverson wore when he famously crossed up Jordan. Released in September of 1996 for Iverson’s rookie year, they were stable, comfortable and had great court traction. The red/white and black/white versions were the most iconi.”-Source

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