Allen Iverson is renowed as one of the most talented players to have ever played in NBA history. He compelled people to take notice of him as he shone in his first year with the Philadelphia 76ers, after he came into the league as the No.1 pick through the Iconic 1996 NBA draft.
AI quickly became a very vital player for the Philadelphia 76ers for many years to come, until things started to go haywire. Luckily, AI always Larry Brown, his head coach, to rely upon. Though Iverson admitted he didn’t realize how Larry played a crucial role in his life.
During a recent conversation with Geto Boys Reloaded, the 2001 NBA MVP discussed a variety of topics, including the impact that Brown had not only on his career but his life. Iverson learned the lesson a little later, but he admits he cannot thank Larry more for his invaluable support.
They had a very different mindset and they came from different backgrounds, which was an issue as it became hard for them to connect to each other, but as Iverson says, things started to settle with time (55:20 onwards).
AI recalls, “He just didn’t understand. I am a hip-hop dude. We are from two different parts of the world. He was trying to make me become who I am now. That is what he was doing. That is my man, and I love him to death.”
AI Believes Larry Brown Was The Reason Why He Succeeded To Become A Great Player
“The change came in 2000, and I thought he was criticizing me, and I couldn’t accept constructive criticism. When I started to realize he loved me and what what is best for me and the team, that is when I turned from Allen Iverson a good basketball player, to a Hall-of-Famer.”
It’s great to know how Larry Brown recognized Iverson’s talent and helped him become the best version of himself. Allen’s career was always covered in controversies but he had the unflappable support of his head coach, who became a close friend of him during and after their time together. They could never win a championship together but did forge a great relationship that lasts to this day.