After revealing his admiration for Allen Iverson in a recent ESPN The Magazine feature, LeBron James continued to express his admiration for Iverson prior to the start of the upcoming NBA season. James called Iverson “pound-for-pound, the greatest player who ever played” in an interview on Monday. Iverson will officially retire in a pregame ceremony prior to the Sixers home opener tonight versus the Miami Heat.
James continued his admiration of Iverson, stating:
"[Iverson] reminds me of Floyd Mayweather," James said, comparing Iverson to the undefeated boxer who has 18 titles to his name and stands just 5-foot-8. "You could never question [Iverson's] heart, his will to want to win. A true warrior."
James’ teammate, Dwyane Wade also chimed in with his praise for Iverson, adding:
"One of my favorite players obviously of all time. Michael Jordan, Kobe [Bryant], T-Mac [Tracy McGrady] and A.I.," Wade said. "Those were the ones that I looked up to coming up. I take pride in wearing No. 3 because A.I. wore No. 3."
In respect to Iverson’s retirement ceremony, Wade also stated:
"It's going to be a great moment, I'm sure, for everyone that was a fan of Iverson and the way he changed the game -- all the little boys in their driveway doing the A.I. crossover.”
At 6 feet, 165 pounds, Iverson finished his career with 24,368 points, the most points scored by any player at that height or smaller.
The Heat opened their 2013-14 season with a 107-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. After the Iverson pregame retirement ceremony tonight, the Heat will be looking to move to 2-0 with a victory over the Sixers.