Allen Iverson: I Truly Wanted to Be Like Mike

Allen Iverson: I Truly Wanted to Be Like Mike


MY NEXT GUEST TONIGHT IS AN
N.B.A. LEGEND AND A TRUE SPORTS ICON. HE’S AN 11-TIME ALL-STAR, FOUR-
TIME SCORING CHAMPION, N.B.A. M.V.P., AND WAS JUST INDUCTED
INTO THE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME. PLEASE WELCOME ALLEN IVERSON! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪>>Stephen: COME ON UP. THANKS FOR BEING HERE. THANKS FOR BEING HERE.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME.>>Stephen: THANKS FOR WEARING
THE CHAINS, TOO.>>OH.>>Stephen: IT ADDS A LITTLE
CLASS TO THE SITUATION.>>I TRY TO BE CLASSY.>>Stephen: CONGRATULATIONS ON
THE HALL OF FAME. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: THAT’S
EXTRAORDINARY. THAT’S EXTRAORDINARY. HOW DID IT FEEL– IT WAS– IT
WAS ONE OF THE– SORT OF THE BEST-ATTENDED, LIKE, THE LARGEST
ATTENDED INDUCTION CEREMONIES IN– IN A DECADE. HOW DID IT FEEL TO HAVE THAT
MANY PEOPLE, WHEN SO MANY PEOPLE BACK IN THE DAY SAID THAT YOU
DIDN’T PUT THE EFFORT IN THAT WAS NECESSARY. THE PEOPLE TALKED ABOUT YOUR
PERSONAL STYLE. CALLED YOU A THUG. TO BE UP THERE AND HAVE PEOPLE
CHEERING YOU ON, AND SO EXCITED, AND SO READY TO HONOR YOU? HOW DID THAT FEEL?>>I JUST– IT JUST MADE ME LOVE
GOD EVEN MORE THAN I DO NOW.( APPLAUSE )
YOU KNOW, IT’S– IT WAS SPECIAL
TO GET THAT FEELING. I REMEMBER BEING UP ON THE
PODIUM AND FEELING LIKE, YOU KNOW, MY LEGS WERE SHAKING. I FELT LIKE I WAS GOING TO
FAINT. AND I WAS SITTING THERE. I REMEMBER HAVING A MOMENT
SAYING, “GOD, PLEASE DON’T LET ME FAINT.” YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?>>Stephen: YOU LOOKED A
LITTLE CHOCKED UP BEFORE YOU EVEN STARTED TALKING.>>YEAH, OBVIOUSLY, LIKE, THESE
PEOPLE, ALL OF MY SUPPORTERS, THE PEOPLE WHO STUCK WITH ME
THROUGH ALL MY UPS AND DOWNS, TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS, MY
FAMILY BEING THERE, AND HAVING TO LOOK AT THEM AND SEE HOW
PROUD THEY WERE OF ME, YOU KNOW, MY FANS, MY FRIENDS, YOU KNOW,
EVERYBODY THAT CONTRIBUTED AND TO HAVING A PART OF ME
ACCOMPLISHING SOMETHING SO BIG. I WAS JUST VERY EMOTIONAL
( APPLAUSE )( CHEERS )
>>Stephen: WELL, NOW, THAT
CROSS-OVER DRIBBLE OF YOURS THAT
YOU JUST USED OVER THERE. YOU USED THAT QUITE FAMOUSLY ON
MICHAEL JORDAN BACK IN THE DAY. I THINK WE HAVE A CLIP OF YOU
HERE. THERE YOU GO.>>THE CROWD IS INTO IT. THE CROWD LOVES IT!>>NICE MOVE BY ALLEN IVERSON.>>Stephen: HOW LONG HAD YOU
BEEN PLAYING WHEN YOU WENT UP AGAINST MICHAEL LIKE THAT? HOW MANY YEARS HAD YOU BEEN IN
THE N.B.A. WHEN YOU WENT UP AGAINST MICHAEL LIKE THAT?>>THAT WAS MY FIRST YEAR.>>Stephen: THAT WAS YOUR
FIRST YEAR. WAS THAT– WAS THAT ONE OF THE
HIGH MOMENTS OF YOUR CAREER?>>IT WAS DEFINITELY ONE OF
THEM. I DIDN’T REALLY PAY ANY
ATTENTION TO IT UNTIL THE AFTERMATH OF IT ALL. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? ONCE I GOT RESPONSE FROM
EVERYBODY ELSE WORLDWIDE, YOU KNOW, HOW MANY TIMES HAY SHOWED
IT ON ESPN, AND STILL TODAY, LIKE, LITTLE KIDS, FIVE AND SIX
YEARS OLD COME UP TO ME AND THEY DON’T SAY, YOU KNOW, ARE YOU
ALLEN IVERSON?” THEY SAY, “YOU’RE THE GUY THAT
CROSSED UP MICHAEL JORDAN, AREN’T YOU?”
( LAUGHTER ) AND IT’S A SPECIAL– IT WAS A
SPECIAL MOMENT IN MY CAREER BECAUSE THAT WAS MY IDOL. THAT WAS MY FAVORITE. IF IT WASN’T FOR HIM, I WOULDN’T
HAVE NEVER BEEN A BASKETBALL PLAYER. I WOULDN’T HAVE NEVER HAD THE
VISION. YOU KNOW, I TRULY WANTED TO BE
LIKE MIKE. THAT MIGHT, WE WAS JUST IN A
WAR, AND WHEN YOU’RE IN A WAR, AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE THE THE
PERSON THAT YOU ARE PLAYING AGAINST, YOU KNOW, MY PHILLY
TEAMMATES AND MY PHILLY FANS, I WAS ON THEIR SIDE. ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE )>>Stephen: WELL, YOU KNOW,
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, FOR WHATEVER REASON
CRITICIZED ABOUT YOU BACK THE IN THE DAY IS THAT YOUR STYLE WAS
DIFFERENT THAN ANY OF THE OTHER STYLES. I DON’T MEAN JUST YOUR GAME
PLAY, LIKE THE FACT THAT YOU HAD TATTOOS. THE FACT THAT YOU WORE YOUR HAIR
IN CORNROWS. NOW, PLAYERS CAN DO ANYTHING
THEY WANT. THEY CAN CAN HAVE STYLE THEY
WANT. LeBRON CAN BE ALL TATTED OUT
AND NOBODY SAYS ANYTHING. DO YOU THINK THEY OWE A LITTLE
DEBT TO YOU FOR BEING YOUR OWN REAL SELF?>>THAT’S A BITTERSWEET THING
FOR ME. BECAUSE I WAS YOUNG. I WAS 21 YEARS OLD. AND I TOOK THE ASSPOSITIVE
WHOOPING FOR THESE GUYS TODAY TO BE ABLE TO BE THEMSELVES. I WASN’T AFRAID TO BE WHO I AM. I DIDN’T THINK ANYTHING WAS
WRONG WITH IT. I DRESSED LIKE THE GUYS I GREW
UP WITH. I LOOKED LIKE THE GUYS THAT I
GREW UP WITH. AND MY CORNROWS, IT WAS JUST
BECAUSE I WAS TIRED OF GOING FROM CITY TO CITY, HAVING
DIFFERENT BARBERS CUT ME HAIR. ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE ) AND THEY WERE MESSING ME HAIR
UP. AND I WAS SAYING, OKAY, WELL, IF
I GET CORNED ROWS, I DON’T HAVE TO HAVE THAT PROBLEM. AND THE TATTOOS, I ALWAYS HAD A
FETISH FOR IT. BUT OBVIOUSLY YOU SEE IN
GEORGETOWN, I ONLY HAD ONE. AND ONCE I CAME INTO SOME MONEY
AND THAT’S WHEN IT BECAME ADDICTIVE AND I WAS ABLE TO
AFFORD IT. SO THAT’S HOW I GOT MORE AND
MORE. BUT, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN’T JUDGE A
BOOK BY ITS COVER. I THINK A LOT OF TIMES EYE LOVE
THE THE FACT THAT WHEN PEOPLE GET A CHANCE TO MEET ME AND BE
AROUND ME, THEY UNDERSTAND THAT I’M NOT THE PERSON THAT THE
MEDIA MADE ME OUT TO BE. A NEGATIVE ALLEN IVERSON STORY
IS THE GREATEST ALLEN IVERSON STORY FOR SOME REASON, YOU KNOW,
WHAT I MEAN? THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT WHAT I DO
FOR THE AIDS AWARENESS, WHAT I DO FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB,
YOU KNOW, WHAT I DO ON THANKSGIVING, GIVING OUT TURKEYS
AND GIVING OUT GIFTS ON CHRISTMAS. THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT THAT
STUFF. THE NEGATIVE ALLEN IVERSON. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).>>Stephen: CONGRATULATIONS,
CONGRATULATIONS. LOVELY TO MEET YOU. ALLEN IVERSON, EVERYBODY. HALL OF FAMER.

100 thoughts on “Allen Iverson: I Truly Wanted to Be Like Mike

  1. He is a legend. He has 1 of my favorite basketball commercials of all time.

    Only thing I can say is. There was this other Hall of Faner that had tattoos, and a crazy hair. No not corn rows, but wild none the less. And he was doing that before AI

    Dennis Rodman

  2. This is why Stephen is the best.
    Conan, Kimmell and Fallon would've just kept cracking stupid jokes instead of letting the man speak.

  3. Damn I bet Iverson gets bored of saying the same things in interviews he gets asked the same stuff in every interview

  4. It's funny how popular hairstyles came about sometimes. Jordan's bald head was because he was embarrassed by his receding hairline. AI was tired of barbers messing up his hair. LOL

  5. Just imagine if AI practiced, had discipline and got his championship. He would be considered one of the all-time greats.

  6. Allen Iverson is the most respected NBA player on social media. I see people talk shit about Jordan, Lebron, and Kobe. Iverson always gets the "hes a real nigga" comment.

  7. they cut him off reall quick after he mentioned his charities…like we will judge ur career how we want to or this interview is over

  8. Like all people who excel at any endeavor Iverson worked hard at his craft, but he was also by far the most naturally talented athlete ever. To have accomplished what he did from high school to college to the professional ranks in such a short time is amazing.

  9. I love Iverson like I said many times he's the most skilled nba player in history, I'm talking about just skills, but Iverson that crossover wasn't ur first year hahah, it was like ur 5th 6th year, honeslty, unless u have another cross over on Jordan similar like that

  10. A true LEGEND! I just have to say one thing tho. I noticed that many people in different American TV-shows (from election battle to Kimmel) are mentioning God and stuff. I'm an atheist and I don't have anything against any religion, I'm just saying that here in Europe this never happens and would seem really really wierd If some polititian or celebrity mentioned god in some TV show that has nothing to do with any God or religion.

  11. Allen Iverson is the best sixer to ever play I will never forget growing up and watching him Play a true legend in sports!!!

  12. I grew up on the Westside of Chicago during the reign of Jordan saw him play live at the UC and old Chicago stadium, as a kid. Wanted to be just like Mike. But I couldn't fly and wasn't 6'6. But when I first heard of Iverson when I was in HS and saw him play at Georgetown he was the first superstar from my era I could personally relate too so I said forget MJ cus' I could actually do some of the things Bubba Chuck did on the court. In my opinion AI and MJ both equally are the most influential players of all-time.

  13. I think one of my favorite things about AI, apart from being an absolute savage on the court who didn't give a fuck about anything but winning, is that he's always kept it real. He never tried to be someone he wasn't. Even now, he's the same AI. Even still dresses the same.

    Truly a legend of the game, and one of the greatest pound-for-pound players we'll ever witness.

  14. lmao colbert up there talking about how people called iverson a thug right after mocking iverson's chains #closetracist?

  15. This guy made the world believe small guys can be baller's too, the shortest and lightest NVP the league has ever seen.

  16. He has every right to be bitter sweet about how Lebron and eveyrone can dress gangsta and wear tattoos. Iverson was literally the only poor dude who took shit for dressin up normally in the way he grew up, and he NBA tried to shame him for being a bad influence even though the system jailed him over somethin he didn't starrt.

    He has every right to be bitter knowin NBA players today can walk around freely for not being slandered while he got shit every week for it!

  17. My top 3 GOAT in the NBA
    1. Scottie Pippen
    2. Allen Iverson
    3. Michael Jordan
    I wished AI won an NBA Championship but still a top tier basketball player in the world. IMO underdogs are always top dogs.

  18. Aha…Iverson had to take all problems, so that THIS generation can be free (tattoos and so on)…and what about DENNIS RODMAN? he was a FREAK! and you never heard him complaining

  19. Iverson carrying the 01 Sixers to the finals and Lebron carrying 07 Cavs to the finals were the 2 most impressive runs i've seen

  20. Lame ass interview by Colbert. He asked the same tired questions that A.I. has had to answer for years. A.I. is a freaking legend. To this day I have no idea how that skinny little dude rocked the NBA like he did but man did I love watching him do it. #Philly

  21. You that dude.. love you bro.. we all got faults. And? You brought that hype to the game and it was an honor go watch you play

  22. I'VE SAID… HE STARTED CRYING WHEN HIS MOMMA MADE HIM GO TRY OUT FOR THE BASKETBALL TEAM. HE LOVED FOOTBALL TO DEATH.WANTED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER. BASKETBALL WAS HIS SECOND SPORT. ** I'm sitting here thinking in my mind he PLAYED BASKETBALL OFF OF PURE GOD GIVEN ATHLETIC ABILITY. How much better would he have been if he took Basketball serious?? Lol

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