Iverson Town Hall: Simmons, Embiid, and the Bubble
The Sixers kept moving with their virtual Town Hall series last night. Next up, was Allen Iverson. Iverson touched on a variety of topics, but most importantly about the current Sixers stars and the NBA resuming play in Disney World later this month.
He touched on Joel Embiid and feeding off the energy of the crowd, often using Iverson’s signature “hand-to-ear” move that without a doubt, erupts the WFC crowd every time.
“Now I know how those people in the crowd felt when I had my hand on my ear and all that,” Iverson said to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Marc Zumoff. “I’m those people in the stands now and I love it. I get a big kick out of it. When Joel [Embiid] is doing all that and I’m at the game, I feel just like those other fans that’s sitting in the seats.”
No fans will certainly be something different for teams in Disney, even more so with the Sixers who thrive off the home crowd, specifically Joel Embiid.
“It’s just like the motivation that you get when you’re playing pick-up,” he said. “You still want to win, you’re still into it, still playing as hard as you can. So you know it’ll be different, but you’re just playing basketball and you’re playing with the same agenda, same thing, and that’s to win basketball games. Just focus that attention on the guys that you’re with, the coaching staff, and use them as that motivation,” Iverson said. “It’s just like the motivation that you get when you’re playing pick-up. You still want to win, you’re still into it. Still playing as hard as you can. It’ll be different but you’re just playing basketball and you’re playing with the same agenda, same thing, and that’s to win basketball games. So, you do whatever you can. And then you understand and realize that everybody else got to go through the same things you’re going through.
Iverson recognized that he and Ben Simmons game and personality are extremely different. They do however, carry the same weight as #1 picks in the NBA draft and being a franchise player in Philadelphia.
I think of myself coming into being a rookie with a lot of expectations,” Iverson said, “so that’s what makes me so much of a big fan of him because I know what’s expected of him and I know what city he plays in. It could be good or bad. If you don’t understand that they’re the most passionate and the best fans in the world, and they want to see you do well, but they can be tough on you at times because they want a winner. “And it’s a lot to go into. A young person being put in a position to help a team win and it’s all on you. Not on the guys that’s there before you and older, it’s going to be all on you because of the talent. With the talent that God gave you, it’s supposed to be those type of larger expectations and I think he’s built for it. He’s proven he’s built for it. You can’t make any excuses because we already seen that he’s built for everything that the NBA has to offer. I’m just a big fan of him. I love cheering for him, just like the rest of the guys.
It’s always great to hear and see a living-legend like Allen Iverson comment on today’s game. He was such an influential player that changed the NBA’s culture forever. Him still being involved and around the younger generation of NBA stars, specifically Philadelphia, make these interviews even better.