1. He overcame a tumultuous childhood growing up in Hampton, Virginia to become a star athlete in high school.
He led the Bethel High School basketball team to a state title in 1993.
3. However, his athletic career seemed done when he received a fifteen-year prison sentence for allegedly hitting a woman with a chair in a brawl.
His trial, which was the subject of the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary No Crossover, was very controversial; many felt Iverson had been singled out without enough evidence. After serving four months in prison, Iverson was granted clemency by Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder.
4. Georgetown gave Iverson a second chance. He became a college star.
8. Everything about him seemed magical. Like those cornrows…
9. …or that arm sleeve that seemed to give him super powers.
14. He was one of the smallest superstars to ever play in the league.
16. And, despite his stature, dunking was no problem.
19. He totally predicted the LeBron backlash back in 2006.
24. The NBA just isn’t the same without you, A.I.
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