THE LITTLE MAN RETURNS
March 7, 2008 2 Comments
Former Sixer starÂ Allen IversonÂ will return for the first time as an opposing player at the Wachovia Center on Wednesday, March 19. The much anticipated arrival of one of the greatest Sixers of all time should fill the South Philly building for one of the few times during this NBA season. â€œThe Little Man,â€ as this author calls him, is without a doubt the most exciting player in the NBA.Â
Say, what you want aboutÂ KobeÂ or whomever, but Iâ€™m a Philly fan and the â€˜Little Manâ€™ played here, so therefore heâ€™s the man. In fact, other thanÂ Wilton Norman Chamberlain, whoâ€™s the GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME, Allen Iverson is the greatest ’76er second only to Wilt.
I know, I know, a thousand times, I know. What aboutÂ Dr. J, you ask? Well, notice I said Sixer, not player. Philadelphia got cheated whenÂ Julius ErvingÂ came to Philadelphia in 1976. Cheated? Whatâ€™s this nitwit talking about? Iâ€™m talking about a player coming over from the ABA., where his real high wire acts took place. I saw Julius when he was with the Nets. The things he could do then were truly spectacular.However, when he arrived in the City of Brotherly Love, Mr. Erving came limping in with two bad knees. Sure he played at a high level with the Sixers, but not as high as his ABA tier.Â Thus, he takes a back seat to Allen Iverson as the third greatest Sixer of all time.
For those skeptics who claim Iverson never won a championship and you canâ€™t win with him, I say, youâ€™re wrong. Why? Because first of all, Iverson wasnâ€™t surrounded with great players, even in the 2001 Championship Series with the Lakers. Now, how about this FACT that people forget to mention. Everyone does know that the Sixers won Game One out in L.A. How about Game Two? Well, in Game Two the Sixers were leading by two points with 70 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.Â Aaron McKieÂ took a 3-pointer from the right baseline that rimmed the basket and came back out. If that ball goes in, Philly goes ahead by five. They could have conceivably been up 2-0 against the Mighty Lakers. Now, thatâ€™s not to say that L.A. wasnâ€™t capable of coming back from a two-game deficit, but the facts are facts. The Sixers could have returned to Philadelphia just 2 games away from aÂ WorldÂ Championship.
Now, the other incredible thing about The Little Man: his height. Thereâ€™s no way that he is 6 feet tall. I had the privilege to stand beside him. I am 5â€™6â€™â€™. The man, is just a few inches taller than me. His weight/ About 150 lbs. Now, how in the hell, night after night, and beating after beating is this man still standing up? Let alone still playing at a high level. This guy spends half the game literally on the floor. However, he bounces right back up and continues to play no less than 110 %.Â
If there is a tougher athlete in any sport, I have yet to see him.
Thanks Allen, for giving me some of the most exciting sports moments in my 50 years ofÂ following athletics.