Over the years, many have entered and left the NBA as journeymen. Some would indeed consider Eric Snow one of them, but not all are aware that the 13-year NBA veteran had something unique on his resume-he reached the NBA Finals three times, and he happened to play alongside prime Allen Iverson and a surging LeBron James.
A lowkey veteran
Throughout his entire NBA career, Snow has always been in the background. We won’t see his name top the box score after games, but the stocky point guard made sure he always set things up for his team’s marquee players whenever he was on the floor.
That has been his primary role since leaving Seattle for the Philadelphia 76ers where Snow played as Iverson’s longtime backcourt partner. It was also in Philly where he registered his career-best in assists, having dished out 7.6 per game in his third season with the team. But more importantly, “E-Snow” was a crucial figure in the Sixers team that reached the 2001 NBA Finals.
In 2004, Snow parted ways with the Sixers and joined the then young and hungry Cleveland Cavaliers squad led by “King James.” At that time, Snow was already in his 30s but was still a reliable backup court general. In fact, he even played all 82 games in the Cavs’ historic run for title contention in the 2006-07 season.
Snow seldom talks about his contributions to the above teams but looking back at it all, we can safely say that it was something special. Apparently, the man himself feels the same way too.
In a rare podcast interview in January 2021, Snow finally acknowledged that he indeed had been of great help for both Iverson and James.
“For me, it’s awesome,” Snow told 105.3 The Fan about playing with Iverson and James. “To be able to say I played with those guys, but more than anything to be able to say I experienced some things with them that I know were good moments in their career. And I would like to think that, some way or another, I helped them. That’s a good feeling for me that in one way or another, I helped them do something.”
Snow went on to say that being a consistent backcourt teammate for Iverson en route to the NBA Finals, and being able to be a part of “something that has never been done” in Cleveland with James will always be “special” for him.
Undeniably, Iverson and James are two of the most celebrated NBA superstars who have reached the heights during their prime. But as the old saying goes, there’s no “I” in the word “team.” Therefore, we should also acknowledge the help they had from their teammates, one of them being Eric Snow.