Allen Iverson may not have always been down to practice, but he was most definitely going to do whatever it took to get into a game.
In fact, that reached a point where it became an issue for the 76ers when Iverson was not 100% healthy.
Former Sixers GM Billy King joined the “Audacy NBA Show” and recalled some of the things the team had to do to keep an injured Iverson from suiting up — quite literally.
“When he was injured and we knew he couldn’t play we used to hide his jersey,” King said. “Because he would come to the locker room looking for his jersey, we’d lock it somewhere so he couldn’t get it."
King recalled one instance in particular, where Iverson was ready to send a ball boy to Foot Locker to help him out.
“One time, in New York, he found his jersey but didn’t have any shoes," King said. "He was trying to send the ball boy to the Foot Locker around the corner. He said ‘just give me a pair of their Reeboks. I can play in those.’ Then he pointed to an attendant, ‘what size are you, just give me those shoes,’ because he wanted to play so bad.”