Allen Iverson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 9, 2016. Iverson has influenced many basketball players during his 14 seasons in the NBA. A lot of this had to do with his street style and of course signature braids.


During his induction speech into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Iverson gives big thanks to many hip-hop artists for inspiring him through his days with the Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets, and Memphis Grizzlies.


He states, “I wanna thank Biggie Smalls, Redman, Jadakiss, Tupac and Michael Jackson for being my theme music throughout my career.”


Allen Iverson also gave thanks to Georgetown coach John Thompson. Thompson took a chance with Iverson when he was young after he went to trial in high school over a fight at a bowling alley. Iverson goes on to describe filling Julius Erving’s shoes and relying on family support while facing media scrutiny.


Watch the full speech below.




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