Allen Iverson's Hall of Fame speech
Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, Allen Iverson gave an unforgettable, emotional, tear-filled Hall of Fame speech at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass. (AP photo)
Iverson, wearing a black suit, shirt and tie, thanked countless people and made it a point to mention his appreciation for the relationship he has with Philly fans, drawing a loud ovation. (AP photo)
Iverson thanked former Georgetown head coach John Thompson, who presented him along with Larry Brown and Julius Erving, for "saving my life."
"(After) the incident happened in high school and all that was taken away ... no other schools would recruit me anymore," Iverson said. "My mom went to Georgetown and begged him to give me a chance, and he did." (AP photo)
Iverson said he left Georgetown as an "OK player." He won Rookie of the Year in 1996-97 but wouldn't have been a Hall of Famer without Larry Brown.
"Once I started to listen to Larry Brown and take constructive criticism, I learned how much of a great, great coach that he really is," Iverson said. "That's when I became an MVP."
Iverson poses for a picture before the induction ceremony at Symphony Hall.
Iverson's final thank you went to his wife Tawanna.
"You're just the best to me," he said. "I want you to walk around and be proud of yourself that you are a Hall of Famer."
Iverson with fellow inductee Shaquille O'Neal (who also gave an entertaining speech) and former NBA head coach Lenny Wilkens (far left), former Sixer Dikembe Mutombo (center), Larry Brown (back right) and others after the enshrinement ceremony at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. (USA Today Images)