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InsideHoops NBA [Home] Feb. 14, 2004

Allen Iverson Interview

 


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One of the world's most popular players, Allen Iverson, shooting guard on the Philadelphia 76ers, is back for yet another All-Star game, this time in Los Angeles. See what he said to the media a few days before the game.

Q: Have you gotten over the fact that your team has changed coaches?

Iverson: Iíve got to. Thereís nothing bad about it because Iíve got to move on. It was unfortunate, but life goes on and you have to go.

Q: Does you team need to make a trade?

Iverson: I donít care. I feel like if we donít make a trade, we have to get it done with what weíve got.

Q: Whatís your definition of getting it done?

Iverson: Win the championship. Thereís nothing less than that. I donít care about just going to the playoffs; Iíve been to the playoffs before. To me it is a big deal because the fans get a lot out of it Ö Personally I just want to win a championship. I donít want to just go to the playoffs, I donít want to go to the playoffs and win the first round, second round, and not win the whole thing because itís bittersweet. I just want to win the whole thing.

Q: Is it realistic, with winning under .500 to be talking championship?

Iverson: If I donít believe it, then they donít need me on the court. Iíve just got to believe that in my heart. Iím not going to believe it until somebody tells me (you canít do it), but until then itís not done. I believe that whatever we have, regardless of a trade being done or not, I feel we have a shot. Iíve just got to believe that weíre going to be all right. Iíve got to just play basketball.

Q: Do you feel guilty about your coach being fired?

Iverson: We should because when coaches get fired, the players have a lot to do with it. Everything is going so bad, then theyíre like the first people to go, then the players go after them. We had a lot to do with Randy being fired. If we were to do a lot better, then it probably wouldnít have happened.

Q: Can you talk about being an All-Star?

Iverson: Being an All-Star is everything. This is the thing you dream about when youíre a kid, even before getting into the league. This is what you want to be. Without my teammates, without the coaches Iíve had, it wouldnít be possible. I owe all of this to the guys Iíve played with and all the coaches that have helped me get to where Iím at right now. Iím honored to be here. I owe a lot of it to Coach Thompson, Coach Brown, and Coach Bailey, my high school coach. Every level, they helped me to get through certain points. This is like a tribute to them, the people who helped me to get here. The thing that makes me feel good about the whole thing is, the fans voted me here. Thatís big. If that many people recognize how hard I go every night and what I put into my game, to make myself and my team better, it means a lot to mean. Iím fortunate; Iím blessed to be in the situation that Iím in right now.







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