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Allen Iverson played three games with the Memphis Grizzlies and made history

Despite Iverson making a rare piece of history with the Grizzlies, we wouldn’t be surprised if the organization doesn’t feel proud about it
Allen Iverson played three games with the Memphis Grizzlies and made history

Allen Iverson

As we all know, Allen Iverson endured a low point in his final season in the league before capping off his legendary career by rejoining the Philadelphia 76ers. It started when the Detroit Pistons decided to ship “The Answer” to the Memphis Grizzlies in the middle of the 2009/10 season. Iverson only played three games with the Grizzlies due to conflict with the organization, but we are certain that even AI himself did not expect that in that short and stressful stint, history would be made.

Iverson, a Memphis legend???

Some of you would assume that Iverson made history in Memphis as the only All-Star/MVP to only last three games in a team and left but not because of an injury. However, that is not the case with Iverson. What Iverson accomplished as a Grizzly was something that is written in NBA record books.

In 2016, Iverson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Needless to say, AI cemented his name on the list of Sixers Hall of Famers that day. But as it turned out, Iverson also became the “only” Grizzlies player enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Rare, indeed.

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The Answer was the problem

For those who didn’t know, the turn of events before AI’s epic return to Philly from Memphis was turbulent. While in Memphis, Iverson, the 2001 NBA MVP and a four-time scoring champ found it difficult to digest that the Grizzlies signed him as a bench player. Ultimately, that was the problem.

“It’s easy to say I’m selfish,” Iverson said of coming off the bench via Yahoo Sports. “It’s something I’ve never done...Coach played the game before. He’s seen the things that I’ve done. He knows that I’ve never come off the bench ever in my whole career. So he knows that’s something I’m not accustomed to or something I would want to do. He listens to talk radio and TV, what people say, family members, friends – everybody knows that it’s not something I want to do.”

On the other hand, then-Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins was growing tired of Iverson’s whining. He made it clear to everybody that his job was to address the team’s issues, not Iverson’s.

“My frustration is that I have to talk about Allen Iverson at every press setting,” Hollins stressed. “I want to talk about the Memphis Grizzlies and us as a team…My job is to coach the team as a unit."

After making several headlines, Iverson and the Grizzlies finally parted ways. Despite AI making a rare piece of history with the Grizzlies, we wouldn’t be surprised if the organization didn’t feel too proud about this feat.

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