Allen Iverson was once again introduced to the Philadelphia media and fans in his return to the Sixers today. I thought the press conference was must see TV, and Iverson spoke most about the special relationship between himself and the Philadelphia fans.
About 3 minutes into the press conference, Iverson had to fight back the tears. I was shocked at the emotion that Iverson displayed during the press conference. Obviously I have already stated that Iverson is one of if not my favorite Philadelphia athlete of all time, but I find him extremely likeable and an incredibly fascinating person. Iverson listened to every question, and usually thinks about his response before he answers, and to me, answers questions extremely honestly and emotionally. He is extremely raw and extremely real. I am a huge McNabb supporter, but could you honestly see Donovan McNabb tearing up at a press conference talking about how he loves the Philly fans?
A lot of his answers always came back to the fans. Iverson called his relationship with the fans something that is like no other between any fan-athlete relationship in all of sports. He also said that every time he put on another jersey, whether it be Detroit, Denver, or Memphis, it never felt right. All Iverson wants to do is win basketball games, and he does everything he can to win. Allen Iverson is like our brother here in Philadelphia. He may make mistakes, but like he says, he's not perfect. He really does try to learn from his mistakes and become a better player, teammate, and person.
And at the very least, at least we are all talking about the Sixers again, if only for a short time.