Allen Iverson’s Hall of Fame induction speech had everything.
Just everything — and it was tremendous.
John Thompson saved his life. Larry Brown made him an MVP. Dr. J was the ultimate mentor.
But the Sixers legend's induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night only got better from there.
From making a beautiful tribute to his family, to shouting out rappers, to honoring Michael Jordan, to mentioning Rick James and to — of course — saluting Philly, A.I.'s speech was gold.
CSNPhilly.com's Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato has the story from the special night.
Here are some highlights, starting with A.I.'s opening remarks ...
Man, I love ya’ll, too.
First, I just want to thank God for loving me and blessing me.
I want to thank Coach Thompson … Coach Thompson, for saving my life, for giving me the opportunity. I was recruited by every school in the country for football and basketball. An incident happened in high school and all that was taken away. No other teams, no other schools were recruiting me anymore. My mom went to Georgetown and begged him to give me a chance and he did.
Once I started to listen to Larry Brown and take constructive criticism, I learned that how much of a great, great, great coach that he is.
Once I started to listen to him the way I was supposed to and was coached by him, that’s when I became an MVP, that’s when I became an All-Star, that’s when I made first-team All-NBA — once I got the message from him. And I followed his lead all the way.
Man, Dr. J. … those shoes, some big shoes — literally. I got to Philadelphia and, man, those were some big shoes to fill with a size 10 foot. He was always supportive of me throughout my career, always gave me words of wisdom. Just a great man — and an old-school dude, too.
As expected, Iverson became emotional talking about his gratitude and love for his family.
Iverson had an awesome tribute to M.J. It was also funny. Somehow, A.I. worked in Chappelle’s Show and Rick James.
Now, we all know Iverson’s signature crossover. But the origin of it actually stems from a Georgetown walk-on. A.I. paid homage.
You can’t reminisce about the 2000-01 Sixers without thinking of Pat Croce and Marc Zumoff.
Perfectly fitting, Iverson waited to acknowledge Philadelphia at the end. Once he said “Philly fans,” the crowd erupted and M-V-P chants broke out.
My relationship with the fans in Philadelphia is like no other.
Ya’ll let me grow, ya’ll let me make my mistakes, never jumped off the bandwagon and continued to support me like true fans are supposed to.
Iverson then rattled off Sixer teammate after Sixer teammate. The entire finish was super cool.
For the full speech, watch below: