Allen Iverson’s Hall of Fame speech: Woooo! Where to start?
If the sight of A.I. in a suit(!) startled you into thinking you might hear some new version of him at the podium Friday night, never fear. His speech was 100 percent A.I. — honest, real and emotional from start to finish.
You needed a box or two of tissues just to get through the first 15 minutes, as a choked up A.I. thanked former Georgetown coach John Thompson "for saving my life," recalled his unlikely rise to fame and thanked all the people who got him there, as well as all the great players.
He thanked the Philly fans (who serenaded him with chants of "M-V-P!"), Pat Croce and Larry Brown. His whole family, doing funny voices for his kids. He told his former wife Tawanna, the mother of his five children, "You are a Hall of Famer."