One of the greatest and most entertaining players to grace the hardwood, Allen Iverson recently found himself in the limelight following his induction into the Hall of Fame. Iverson, who was well-known as “AI” or “The Answer,” spent 14 seasons in the NBA, primarily with the Philadelphia 76ers, and although he never lifted the title, he proved himself to be one of the great scorers despite standing just 6’0″. He played with a tremendous amount of heart, but he was also famed for his flair with his dazzling handles and lightning quick crossover which inspired an entire generation to attempt to replicate his breathtaking moves.
10. He Attempted a Rap Career Whilst in the NBA
Like many NBA players, Iverson attempted to launch a rap career during his playing days. Like most, it did not take off and Iverson instead found himself in trouble with the NBA. In the summer of 2000, under the moniker of Jewelz, Iverson recorded a rap titled “40 bars.” However, after a Philadelphia radio station played an uncensored version of the track, he faced backlash due to the controversial lyrics and the commissioner (at the time), David Stern, condemned the song—“The lyrics that have been attributed to Allen Iverson’s soon-to-be-released rap CD are coarse, offensive and antisocial.” Iverson agreed to change the lyrics for the song, but his debut album, Misunderstood, was never released. A spokesperson at Universal Records stated that the controversy had spoiled the excitement of crossing over to music for him.