4. 2001 NBA ALL-STAR GAME MVP SPEECH
Before the season started, Iverson recorded a rap album under the moniker Jewelz, bringing the wrath of Commissioner David Stern due to the profanity and homophobic-laced lyrics:
“The lyrics that have been attributed to Allen Iverson’s soon-to-be-released rap CD are coarse, offensive and anti-social,” Stern said at the time.
Iverson ended up changing the lyrics and downplaying the album’s release.
Even more offseason drama for Iverson involved then Sixers coach Larry Brown, who wanted Iverson gone before the season started. A deal was worked out to send AI to Detroit but Matt Geiger, who was part of the deal, refused to waive his trade kicker, so Iverson remained a Sixer, causing Brown to work out his differences with Allen.
All of this was brought up during Iverson’s All-Star MVP acceptance speech as Stern gives a playful jab about AI’s rap career and Iverson brings up Larry Brown to acknowledge their differences have been solved.