Former Sixer Allen Iverson received a standing ovation from the Wells Fargo Center crowd while delivering the game ball before Wednesday night’s Game 6 against the Celtics. His appearance came in conjunction with the relaunch of his highly coveted original Reebok Question sneaker, available in stores this Friday.
“I really don’t have words that can really describe it, but it was the best,” Iverson told ESPN’s Lisa Salters during an in-game interview. “I love these fans and, obviously, they show me a lot of love. I was basically trying to hurry up and get off the court. My legs started wobbling and I was getting ready to tear up. Once my eyes got teary and my lips started shaking, I knew it was time to go.”
“I’m not using that word [retirement]. I want to play basketball so bad,” he continued.
“I mean, the way it is right now, I’ve accepted the fact that [playing in the NBA] might not happen,” he added. “But I still want to play basketball. If I can get an opportunity to where it’s going to make me happy at the end of my career, I’ll take that opportunity. But I just love to play and I want to have another opportunity to play on the professional level.”
His former team gave fans more to celebrate by forcing a Game 7 with a 82-75 win.