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File #: 160295    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/7/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/7/2016
Title: Congratulating, recognizing and honoring Philadelphia 76ers Legend Allen Iverson for his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Attachments: 1. Signature16029500.pdf
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Congratulating, recognizing and honoring Philadelphia 76ers Legend Allen Iverson for his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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WHEREAS, Allen Iverson was selected 1st overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers after a stellar collegiate career in which he averaged 23 points per game for the Georgetown Hoyas. The 20-year-old native of Hampton, Virginia made his NBA debut in a Sixers uniform on November 1, 1996. He won the 1997 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, the first of many accomplishments in his NBA career; and

WHEREAS, As Iverson put it, "I wasn't a point guard, I was a killer." He truly changed the game. Though he stood at 6 feet tall and weighed 165 pounds, Iverson became a giant in the world of basketball. He dazzled fans with his daring and lightning-fast cuts and drives to the basket. In 2001 he became the shortest and the lightest player to ever win the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award. When asked about Allen Iverson's legacy, LeBron James answered, "Pound-for-pound, probably the greatest player who ever played"; and

WHEREAS, Iverson was one of the most popular basketball players in the world during his reign of dominance in a Sixers uniform. His fierce competitiveness and tremendous heart endeared him to fans globally, especially in Philadelphia. Iverson was subjected to more scrutiny than most, if not all, of his contemporaries. Through it all, Iverson encouraged fans to learn from his mistakes and to strive to become better than him; and

WHEREAS, The player whom fans called "A.I." or "The Answer" officially retired in October 2013. At the time of the announcement of his Hall of Fame induction, Iverson ranked 43rd in NBA history in assists, 13th in steals, 23rd in points, 7th in points per game and 4th in minutes per game. He amassed the most three-point field goals, the 3rd-most assists, 2nd-most steals, 2nd-most points and 2nd most minutes in Sixers franchise history. He was the 2001 NBA MVP, in a season in...

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