James stated . . .
“They say he was 6 feet, but AI was like 5-10½. Do we even want to say 160? 170 [pounds]? Do we even want to give him that much weight? And he played like a 6-8 2-guard. He was one of the greatest finishers we've ever seen. You could never question his heart. Ever. He gave it his all. AI was like my second-favorite player growing up, after MJ."
James was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first pick of the 2003 NBA Draft. By the time LeBron entered the league, Iverson had established himself as one of the best scorers in the league, leading the league in scoring three times prior to the 2003 season. Iverson also won the MVP award in the 2000-01 season, becoming the shortest (6’0”) and lightest player (165 pounds) to win the award. He also led the Sixers to a 56-26 record and a trip to the 2001 NBA Finals where the team lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. Iverson, who recently officially retired, finished with 24,368 career points.
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