Walk into any NBA locker room and you’ll hear Drake, Rick Ross, Drake and Jay-Z blaring before and after games. If you walk into a music studio, artists rock jerseys and arm sleeves galore like their favorite players like Carmelo Anthony and recently minted hoops Hall of Famer Allen Iverson. By the way, did you check him out at the Knicks/Bulls game Thursday night? The Knicks got the W, by the way!
Speaking of Iverson and hip hop, he was a trendsetter for real! He intro’ed hoops fans to his fearless play that many like Russell Westbrook and others call their own. Philly rapper Ms. Jade raved about A.I. “I think that Allen Iverson was one of the best players that there was particularly in my era,” Ms. Jade told me on the Scoop B Radio podcast.
“First of all he had the city on smash because he was this little guy that had so much heart. That stood out and I think from his heart that he was passionate about basketball.”
An 11-time All-Star, Iverson finished his career averaging 26.7 points per game, the sixth-best career scoring mark in NBA league history. He left an undeniable imprint on homes across the world because his career was lived on his own terms. Ms. Jade liked the way Iverson carried Philly on his back.
“You knew he was from the hip hop era,” she said. “It made you say ‘oh I can rock with him’ because he reminded you of your cousin or somebody like that.”
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