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“Who are you calling shorty?” — Glenn Robinson III recalls his epic first meeting with Allen Iverson

No wonder a kid who had the courage to stand up to Allen Iverson made it to the NBA.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Glenn Robinson III and Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson

Glenn Robinson III and Allen Iverson

Sacramento Kings forward Glenn Robinson III knows the pressure of having an NBA legend father will always be there. But on the other hand, it also has perks. In the case of Glen III, the son of two-time NBA All-Star Glenn Robinson, one of them was meeting Allen Iverson.

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The elder Robinson played for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2003/04 season. At the time, the younger Robinson was only 11 years old but was already almost 6 feet tall. So when Iverson called him “shorty” during their first meeting, Glenn III took it literally and wondered why a guy his height would tell him that.

I went into the Sixers locker room when my dad played for Philadelphia, and Allen Iverson comes up to me and says, ‘What’s up, shorty?’” Glenn III told NBA.com. “I looked at him — at the time, I think I was in middle school — and I was like, ‘Man, I’m your height right now! Who are you calling shorty?’

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The Little Dog

Glenn III’s NBA career may not have panned out the same way as “Big Dog,” but like his father, he also had a few moves in his bag. However, people could tell outright that young Glenn was not as skilled as his father, and at Michigan, he was often jeered with chants of “Little Dog” and “Daddy’s better.”

Admittedly, Glen III did not enjoy being overshadowed by his dad’s legacy. But instead of succumbing to dejection, he learned to take the good with the bad and saw the advantage of having a basketball legend father in the process.

I didn’t like having his name at the beginning, because there was a lot of pressure growing up in Gary, Ind.,” Glenn III said of his father. “He was a legend in Indiana. But then, as I started to get older, as I started to compete more, I started to just fall in love with the game for myself. That was the biggest thing, because my mom and dad always told me, ‘You play basketball, or any sport, because you want to play, not because we’re forcing it on you.’

Obviously, we both have the same career, and I’m able to call him and get advice, on and off the court,” he added. “That’s something that I can never replace. I’m forever grateful for that.

As things stand, Glenn III will play his eighth season in the league. Of course, “Big Dog” will be just a phone call away when the going gets tough for his son.

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