- Allen Iverson discusses his mistakes after joining the Detroit Pistons.
- Allen Iverson, a former NBA player and living great of the game, is one of those men.
- Iverson lasted with the Pistons for that one season, finishing behind Rip Hamilton as the team’s second-leading scorer
Allen Iverson discusses his mistakes after joining the Detroit Pistons. Iverson recalls how challenging it was to represent the Detroit Pistons without his normal #3 jersey because his friend had already claimed it.
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Altering his famous number
NBA players exhibit a variety of superstitions, one of which is wearing the same jersey number their entire career.
Allen Iverson, a former NBA player and living great of the game, is one of those men.
He recently discussed the time he couldn’t acquire his preferred number 3 when he started playing for the Detroit Pistons in an interview for the Geto Boys Reloaded podcast.
Allen Iverson has consistently worn the same number since his high school days, and it’s the one in which he established himself as one of the most lethal guards in NBA history.
Even after he moved to the Denver Nuggets, they permitted him to wear the same number, and his number 3 jersey from his time with the Sixers is still one of the most recognizable jerseys of all time.
It was already owned by his teammate Rodney Stuckey when Iverson opted to join the Detroit Pistons at the age of 33 and past his prime, thus he was unable to wear it.
It just didn’t feel right.
Rodney Stuckey even volunteered to return Iverson’s number in an effort to properly welcome his new All-Star teammate.
He confesses that wearing number 1 had a negative impact on his overall performance and pleasure.
He claimed he wanted to change his jersey number but was unable to, which irritated him right away.
“I’m aware that when I arrived in Detroit, s—t was messed up and I couldn’t get my number. Kobe altered his number from 8 to 24, and by doing so, he just f***ed up money for the NBA. I was forced to wear a number because I was unable to change it, and even though I had worn it since I was a young child, I knew it was f***ed up since it made my jersey feel uncomfortable every time I put it on.”
Iverson lasted with the Pistons for that one season, finishing behind Rip Hamilton as the team’s second-leading scorer,
but he was limited to just 54 games by injuries that developed after so many years and miles on his legs.
He soon joined the Memphis Grizzlies before making his final stop,
the Philadelphia 76ers last season, as the squad had little success in the playoffs.
Later, they placed his legendary number 3 jersey in the rafters, where it belonged from the beginning.