December 19, 2016

Iverson On Resting Players: “I would never, ever, ever sit out a game…”

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Iverson says this era is just different

Hall of Famer Allen Iverson will be remembered as one of the toughest to ever play the game. He’s always said he gave it his all every night. So to see the new practice of coaches resting players is something he can’t understand.

While receiving his Hall of Fame jacket this weekend from Julius Erving at the Los Angeles Lakers-Philadelphia 76ers game, Iverson addressed the fans at Wells Fargo Center.

“I’m not taking anything away from the new era and the way things go now but I could never, ever, ever sit out a game if something wasn’t broke… or I just simply couldn’t play. Because I thought about y’all and y’all wanted to see me. And I always wanted to put on a show for y’all even if it was the worse game I had but the effort was definitely gonna be there.”

The topic of sitting players out for games became a hot topic last week when LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love stayed behind in Cleveland as the Cavs traveled to Memphis for the second night of a back-to-back series against the Grizzlies.

Iverson also discussed the topic earlier during the broadcast before the game.

“It’s different to me. I never thought anything like that would happen. A guy like myself would compete every night in and night out– tired, hurt– you know what I mean? It doesn’t matter. But to each is own. If it helps those guys  and helps their team, then so be it.”

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