Skip to main content

Allen Iverson shares an insightful view on what made him different from other players

allen iverson (1) (1)

Allen Iverson's impact on the NBA and the basketball culture, in general, is unmeasurable. He was the epitome of raw talent that did unimaginable things on the court, and ever since his high-school days, it was evident Allen Iverson was a different kind of animal. In one of his interviews for The Ringer, Iverson talks about what separated him from other players in the NBA. Iverson said he was able to see what various players were made off as soon as he saw their faces when the games started. That way, he was able to determine what type of mindset and mentality players have, which gave him an advantage in different situations.

"Man,look, what's different for me than a lot of other guys or people, period—and I'm not saying I'm [James] Naismith or Red Auerbach or somebody like that—I just know basketball from the standpoint of guys that I played against and with all my life. I know the heart of basketball players and the courage of basketball players. I know the toughness of basketball players. I look at it a whole different way from a lot of people. … You've got to know the looks. You got to know the feelings. It's hard to explain. That's what I had, those certain feelings and instincts. I could look and tell if a player was scared. I could look and tell if a person was up for the challenge. I could look and tell if a guy was just doing it because his teammates and his coaching staff would kick his ass if he showed fear. And I could see if a motherfucker wasn't scared. I just know basketball from that sense."

Allen Iverson, via The Ringer

On top of that, Iverson has a spiritual approach to the game in which he truly believes. He said the game itself has its specific dynamic, which is closely connected to the human aspect of the game. That is quite an interesting view which can't be heard from many players out there. Iverson also believes that was the talent from him given by God himself on top of all the raw talent he possessed.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

"I know the X's and O's. That's the easy part. But I know the dynamic around it all as far as the human part of it. The mindset of it all, the thinking, the believing, the not believing, I know that part of it. I know who's scared, who's not scared. … I can tell. I can tell by looking at a person. I can tell by how they react in certain situations or whatever. That's just stuff that I know that God gave meI know the heart of basketball players and the courage of basketball players, or whatever. That's just stuff that I know that God gave me."

Allen Iverson, via The Ringer

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan

“I don’t know if I could’ve survived in this Twitter (era)” — Michael Jordan on social media and cancel culture

There's no hand-checking and hard fouls in 2022. But there's Twitter, political correctness and almost no privacy whatsoever.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Remember when KCP played with an ankle monitor?

In terms of serving time, continuing to play games while in prison is not that bad.

jason-williams-jordan-lebron-min

Jason Williams shares who is the GOAT between Michael Jordan and LeBron James

The "White Chocolate" thinks one guy is the GOAT, while the other one would be his pick if he has a must-win game.

Bill-Russell

“As trophies are concerned, that was the highlight of my career.” — the heartwarming story behind Bill Russell's favorite trophy

The NBA will retire the No. 6 league-wide honoring Bill Russell. The story of his favorite trophy makes it clear why he's the first person ever to receive that honor.

Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas and Utah Jazz center Karl Malone

Isiah Thomas on why Karl Malone was the "weak link" of the Utah Jazz

Isiah Thomas was referring to a particular instance when Karl Malone displayed his weakness at the free throw line.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant

“I’m too old for that, man” — when Kobe Bryant gave up on defense during the twilight years of his career

Kobe Bryant once told fans sitting courtside in Madison Square Garden that he just wanted to chill because he was too old to get back on defense.

Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Nea

“I wish I was playing with these buttercups right now. It’ll be a slaughterhouse out there" —Shaquille O'Neal sounds off on today's NBA

According to Shaq, there's an apparent disparity in talent between the past generation and this current one