By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A legendary rivalry, a hard fought series, and now a Sixers idol. Allen Iverson plans on attending tonight’s Eastern Conference Semi-Finals game 6 at the Wells Fargo Center between the Sixers and the Celtics, sources have confirmed.READ MORE: Philadelphia To Begin Offering Children Ages 12-15 Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine On Thursday After CDC's Recommendation
Iverson played 10 full seasons for the Sixers, after they selected him first overall in the 1996 NBA Draft. He led the team to the NBA Finals in 2001, where they were defeated four games to one by the Lakers.READ MORE: Gasoline Shortage Appears To Be Creeping Into Philadelphia Region As Colonial Pipeline Resumes Operations
He was traded to the Denver Nuggets during the 2006-07 season after playing 15 games for the Sixers. He returned to the team (after stints in Detroit as well as Denver) during the 2009-10 season to play 25 games. His season was cut short due to several factors, including injuries and his daughter’s illness.
The crowd is sure to give Iverson a rousing ovation, as memories of his reign in Philadelphia have been strong recently. That’s perhaps due to the team’s deepest playoff run since Iverson was on the team. Though he was polarizing as a player here, the city has grown to appreciate his fantastic play as time has passed.MORE NEWS: Man Shot 11 Times, Killed In Southwest Philadelphia Quadruple Shooting, Police Say
Check out a recent interview with Iverson, where he talks about the re-release of his shoe “The Question,” his current tour in China, and the TGI Friday’s on City Line Ave (read the article).