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SON OF PHILADELPHIA - ALLEN IVERSON'S ROOKIE YEAR

by RobinLou posted 2017-06-07
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Recently, Reebok decided to bring another classic back -- Allen Iverson’s Answer IV. Different from the recently retroed Answer 4 with the “Phila” colorway, this time Reebok is bringing back the most classic colorway of the series -- the black and white colorway AI wore in the 2001 finals.
Time flies, it’s been 21 years since the golden boys of the 96 joined the league. Let’s return to the summer of 1996, a summer when countless legends started their first page. As one of the industry leaders of basketball equipment, Reebok claimed the young Allen Iverson one of their own with a 10-year, 50 million dollars contract, even before AI was in the NBA, and that was the beginning of a new legend. As the most culturally influential basketball player after Michael Jordan, Iverson became the important part of an entire generation’s memory.

1,THE 1ST PICK
As an undersized guard not short of troubles off the court, Iverson was still selected first overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft with his brilliant skills and outstanding performance at Georgetown, beating players like Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury and Ray Allen. He could possibly become another “chosen one” for the Sixers after Charles Barkley, or he might become just another nobody due to his below average height. The 76ers was making a huge gamble choosing AI, but fortunately, it was a gamble worth every cent, because AI was on his way to become the most popular star in the Sixers’ history.

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2, SIGNITURE SNEAKERS
Reebok had been actively pursuing Iverson until he signed the 10-year contract, and they promised Iverson signature sneakers in his rookie year. This means Iverson, as a young rookie, got to enjoy the same treatment as NBA superstars -- his very own signature sneakers. His first signature sneakers, the Question 1, then became the most hyped sneakers in the entire AI series. With his entertaining play style and unstoppable crossovers, Iverson accumulated huge amount of fans in his rookie year, and the Question 1 became the dream sneakers for all them.

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3, ROOKIE CHALLENGE MVP
February the 8th, 1997 was just another normal day for people unfamiliar with Iverson, but in the eyes of Iverson fans, it was a day to remember -- the 1997 All-Star Rookie Challenge game. During the All-Star Weekend in Cleveland, Iverson lead the Eastern Rookies to triumph over the Western Rookies lead by Kobe Bryant with a 19-point effort. Iverson got his first MVP in the NBA, a well deserved MVP of the Rookie Challenge.

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4, CROSSOVER OVER JORDAN
Iverson’s most “infamous” move of his rookie season was definitely his unbelievable play against the Almighty of the NBA at the time: Michael Jordan. Let’s go back to March the 12th, 1997, when the 76ers played against the Chicago Bulls. The Sixers fans witnessed possibly the greatest crossover in the history -- Iverson against Jordan. They witnessed the rising of a new superstar in the NBA.

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5, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
At the end of the 1996-1997 season, the Rookie of the Year Award could not have a better candidate but Allen Iverson. AI proved himself in front of all the haters and critics with unprecedentedly dazzling play style and unstoppable skills. Besides his performance on court, AI’s iconic hip-hop inspired fashion style off court also lead the trend for the new generation of American basketball players and fans. Years go by, it is crazy to realize it has been over 20 years since Allen Iverson’s debut. However, the legendary moment when Iverson lifted the Rookies of the Year Award will forever be part our cherished memories.

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Stay tuned on kicks4love.com for more on Iverson’s legendary career!

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