NBA TV Exclusive Interview Special Allen Iverson: The Answer To Premiere Monday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET
Friday, June 3, 2016
Editor’s note: Provided here are video clips from NBA TV’s Allen Iverson: The Answer – Allen Iverson and John Thompson on Georgetown: http://on.nba.com/1t4EvBb; Larry Brown and Iverson on their relationship in Philadelphia: http://on.nba.com/1XTMFaJ; Shawn Stockman and Pat Croce on Iverson crossing over Michael Jordan and arriving as a star: http://on.nba.com/1Uk22ne.
To view a private screener of NBA TV’s Allen Iverson: The Answer, please contact Tony Morreale at email@example.com.
June 3, 2016
Steve Smith Conducts One-On-One Interview with Iverson as the 2016 Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Candidly Looks Back on His Career, the “Practice” Press Conference and His Impact Beyond Basketball
Hour-Long Special Also Features Interviews with John Thompson, Larry Brown, Charles Barkley and Pat Croce
NBA TV will feature the primetime special — Allen Iverson: The Answer — during its extensive 2016 Finals coverage on Monday, June 6, at 8 p.m. ET, with the fearless and sometimes misunderstood Iverson looking back at his Hall of Fame playing career and the moments that made him one of the most talked about figures in NBA history.
During the hour-long special, NBA TV’s Steve Smith interviews Iverson about the difficult journey from Hampton, Va., to Georgetown University, his selection as the first overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, his close relationship with “The City of Brotherly Love” and carrying the 76ers to The Finals, his unapologetic scoring mentality, the famous “Practice” press conference, regrets about leaving Philadelphia, and his impact on pop culture.
The show also features interviews with many closely associated with the 2001 NBA MVP, including former coaches John Thompson and Larry Brown, former Philadelphia 76ers president Pat Croce and Iverson’s longtime manager Gary Moore, as well as former teammates George Lynch and Aaron McKie. Contemporaries including TNT analyst and former 76ers star Charles Barkley, NBA TV analyst Isiah Thomas, and current Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, as well as Philadelphia native Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men, discuss Iverson’s legacy on and off the court.
Outtakes from the Allen Iverson: The Answer special:
Allen Iverson on leaving Philadelphia as the 76ers were looking to rebuild: “I wish it never happened, but it was time because what I wanted [then]… If you’re not going to do what needs to be done to help us all, I’d rather be gone. I wish I would’ve just stuck in there, and not left. I wish I wouldn’t of left.”
Larry Brown on Allen Iverson’s famous “Practice” press conference: “You lose your last game, you’re trying to get better. I said Allen had to do things a little bit differently. He’s heard that from me so many times, he’s just tired of answering the same old question. That was his reaction, but that didn’t define Allen Iverson.”
Former Detroit Pistons teammate Richard Hamilton on Iverson and the Hall of Fame: “He’s a lot different than everybody else that’s been inducted… A guy who just didn’t buy into what everybody else did. He did it the way he wanted to do it, and he was still able to be selected into the Hall of Fame.”
Shawn Stockman, member of Boyz II Men: “He changed pop culture. He changed basketball. There’s only very few people that can lay claim to changing the sport. [Michael] Jordan was one. [Wilt] Chamberlain was another one. Allen was another one.”
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