mostlycloudy
Thursday July 20th, 2017 6:44PM
1:45PM ( 4 hours ago ) Weather Alert

Coach AI: Iverson doesn't play in Philly Big3 homecoming

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Allen Iverson walked onto a familiar court to a rousing ovation and then took an unfamiliar spot on the sideline.

The Answer was Coach AI in his Big3 homecoming.

Iverson said a few hours before his team played against Dr. J's squad that his doctor advised him not to play Sunday night for unspecified reasons.

So, he assumed his role as coach of 3's Company in Ice Cube's 3-on-3 league. That didn't stop fans from chanting: "We want AI!"

"I'm glad I had a chance to come back home," Iverson told the crowd after introductions. "Ain't nothing like this relationship we have. I love you for supporting me throughout my career and still today you're still supporting me."

After he walked on the floor, Iverson cupped his ear the way he used to during his days leading the Philadelphia 76ers and implored the crowd to cheer even louder.

They made it sound like 2001 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Iverson hugged everyone in sight, smiled, waved, blew kisses and went to work as a coach. He stood in front of the bench, arms folded, interacted with officials and did his best Larry Brown impression.

The Hall of Famer hasn't played much so far. He had six points on 3-for-13 shooting in the first three games before sitting out this one.

Julius Erving, coach of the Tri-State team, embraced Iverson and whispered in his ear before addressing the crowd first.

"Big3 is a new concept but it's an old story," Erving said. "It's about playing ball the way we all learned how to play ball out in the playground, like the playgrounds all around Philadelphia."

Erving's team, led by Jermaine O'Neal and Bonzi Wells, won the game. Iverson didn't speak to reporters afterward.

Cube wrote on Twitter hours after the game that the only one feeling worse than him was Iverson.

"A.I. not playing was disappointing to everybody, including myself," the rapper-actor wrote. "Doctors told him not to get out of bed and he came anyway. Sad but true."

___

Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddi

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Coach AI: Iverson doesn't play in Philly Big3 homecoming
Allen Iverson walked onto a familiar court to a rousing ovation and then took an unfamiliar spot on the sideline
9:39PM ( 26 minutes ago )
10 Things to Know for Monday
Among 10 Things to Know for Monday: Why Senate delays vote on health care repeal and replace; Reflecting on the devastation of Detroit riots, 50 years on.
9:23PM ( 42 minutes ago )
With engines whirring, electric car racing comes to Brooklyn
The roar of the engine was replaced by a furious whirring as the future of motorsports came to Brooklyn
9:12PM ( 53 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Hamlin wins at New Hampshire, ends JGR's winless streak
Denny Hamlin held off Kyle Larson over the final laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to send Joe Gibbs Racing to victory lane for the first time this season
8:37PM ( 1 hour ago )
LEADING OFF: Keuchel makes rehab start, Nats boost bullpen
LEADING OFF: Keuchel makes rehab start, Nats boost bullpen
8:02PM ( 2 hours ago )
Newgarden races to second Toronto IndyCar win in 3 years
Josef Newgarden raced to his second Toronto IndyCar title in three years, dominating on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place
7:58PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
AP source: Pelicans agree to terms with Rajon Rondo
Person with knowledge of situation tells AP: New Orleans agrees to terms on a 1-year deal for Rajon Rondo
3:50PM ( 1 day ago )
Go West, young man: NBA stars cluster in Western Conference
The talent gap between the NBA's Eastern and Western conferences figures to be greater than ever in 2017-18
12:02PM ( 1 day ago )
Gordon Hayward signs 4-year, maximum deal with Celtics
The Boston Celtics have officially announced the signing of star free agent Gordon Hayward
6:53PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Online Basketball
10 Things to Know for Monday
Among 10 Things to Know for Monday: Why Senate delays vote on health care repeal and replace; Reflecting on the devastation of Detroit riots, 50 years on.
9:23PM ( 43 minutes ago )
With engines whirring, electric car racing comes to Brooklyn
The roar of the engine was replaced by a furious whirring as the future of motorsports came to Brooklyn
9:12PM ( 53 minutes ago )
9 dead, boy missing in flash flood at Arizona swimming hole
A rural fire chief says at least four people were found dead and about a dozen more are missing after flash flooding poured over a popular swimming area inside the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona
9:12PM ( 53 minutes ago )
Vigil held to remember 4 men found dead on Pennsylvania farm
Hundreds of family, friends and community members in Pennsylvania have gathered for a vigil to remember four missing young men who were killed and their remains buried on a sprawling family farm
9:06PM ( 59 minutes ago )
Park wins US Women's Open in front of President Trump
Sung Hyun Park won the U.S. Women's Open for her first LPGA Tour victory
8:39PM ( 1 hour ago )