Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson returning to BIG3 ... but just to coach

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Allen Iverson returning to BIG3 ... but just to coach

Allen Iverson's BIG3 playing days are over.

Or did they ever really begin?

Remember that whole fiasco?

Philly certainly does. If you recall, Iverson did not play when the 3-on-3 league hit Philadelphia on its tour. "The Answer" was expected to do so, drawing a large crowd at the Wells Fargo Center before deciding late that he wasn't taking the hardwood and would only coach.

Iverson followed it up with a no-show in Dallas.

As you can see here, he didn't play much at all in Year 1 of the league.

None of that drama will exist moving forward as the BIG3 announced Monday that Iverson is returning, but strictly in a coaching role for 3's Company.

After all, he is 42 years old and put his body through the wars during his Hall of Fame career.

One cool addition to the league is Metta World Peace, who will actually play under his former name Ron Artest. For more on the players and rosters, click here.

Meanwhile, you'll see A.I. on the sidelines ... we think.

Photo: Allen Iverson posing with a fan with an Allen Iverson tattoo in China

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Photo: Allen Iverson posing with a fan with an Allen Iverson tattoo in China

Allen Iverson wasn't just a legend in Philadelphia. He took the NBA game worldwide and made fans all across the globe including in China.

It's not clear exactly what he's doing back on that side of the word, but A.I. shared a couple Instagram posts recently of his fans showing him much love.

The first has a caption that reads, "I love my Chinese fans shut the whole mall down jack!#AI3 [sic]" while the next shows him posing with a young lady with an interesting tattoo.

As long as he doesn't have to actually suit up and play ball as advertised, Iverson is sure to continue to have fans the world over.

I love my Chinese fans shut the whole mall down jack!#AI3

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Loyal to the core!!!#My Chinese fans

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Dr. J and Iverson look pretty great in NBA 2K18

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Dr. J and Iverson look pretty great in NBA 2K18

Not a lot to work with here, but Julius Erving and Allen Iverson are apparently in the latest version of NBA 2K and look pretty sharp.

Both Sixers legends are seen wearing the Sixers' new Nike uniforms. Julius is rocking his signature afro while Iverson has some gnarly facial hair going.

The only real complaint, as blogging impresario meechone points out, is that A.I. is seen doing the Steph Curry turn-and-run-away-from-the-shot move. Can't recall Bubba Chuck using that one during his heyday.

And while young Sixers fans who wanted to see Iverson play in the BIG3 last month came up empty, maybe a digital A.I. will give them a little glimpse of what they were missing back in the day.

Iverson and Erving look to be a part of NBA 2K18's new All-Time Teams feature, which will pit some of the greatest to ever take the court against each other. I think I saw this in a Rocky movie once. You can check out a trailer for that below.

Here's what the Sixers' All-Time squad will look like and Marc Zumoff isn't happy with one glaring omision.