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Virginia Basketball legend Allen Iverson turns 48

Cheryl E Preston

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Iverson's early life was difficult

Allen Ezail Iverson is known for being one of the greatest basketball players of his time. He was born June 7, 1975, in Hampton Virginia, to 15-year-old Ann Iverson and his father Allen Broughton was not a big part of his life. Iverson attended Bethel High School in Hampton where he was a 3 sport player and his road to fame was not an easy one.

While growing up in Hampton 8 of his friends were murdered and his family often went without lights and heat. A family friend Michael Freeman moved in to assist the Iversons but went to jail for selling drugs so they could eat. Freeman is credited with teaching a young Allen how to play ball. The former professional basketball player was nicknamed "the Answer", and played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) at both the point guard and shooting guard positions.

After graduating high school, Iverson played college basketball for 2 years with the Georgetown Hoyas where he set the school record for career scoring average (23.0 points per game) and won Big East Defensive Player of the Year awards both years. After two successful years at Georgetown University Iverson was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in thein the 1996-1997 season.

Later in his career, Iverson played for the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and the Memphis Grizzlies and he officially retired in 2013 and now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. Iverson is divorced and has 5 children Tiaura, 27; Allen II, 24; Isaiah, 18; Messiah, 16, and Dream, 13. In 2019 Bethel High School in Hampton honored Allen Iverson by naming a new his honor.

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