Twenty-two years ago, Hall of Fame
On Friday night, Iverson was inducted into the
Shortly into his acceptance speech, an emotional Iverson paid homage to the man who gave him an opportunity when nobody else would, an opportunity that led to a Hall of Fame basketball career and, as Iverson put it, saved his life.
"I want to thank coach (John) Thompson ... for saving my life." -Allen Iverson pic.twitter.com/Qlt6A0Zi0C— USA TODAY Sports NBA (@usatodaynba) September 10, 2016
"I want to thank coach Thompson ... for saving my life," Iverson began, voice trembling. "For giving me the opportunity. I was recruited by every school in the country for football and basketball. And 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."
Allen Iverson gets emotional thanking John Thompson for "saving my life" and letting him play at Georgetown pic.twitter.com/ycuG8r5CyC— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) September 10, 2016
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