Allen Iverson was a ruthless ankle breaker and a revolutionary cultural icon | The Class of ’96

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On this episode of The Class of ’96, Bomani Jones looks at the life and career of Allen Iverson. Iverson was the smallest player ever to be selected with the No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, but he left a massive imprint on the league. His scoring prowess, electrifying crossovers and fearlessness earned him a place in the Hall of Fame. And his unapologetic demeanor made him a cultural icon. Iverson never won a title, but fans will remember him as one of the most singular stars in NBA history.

0:00 The story of Allen Iverson
0:29 Iverson’s cultural impact
2:30 The beginning
5:21 Defining moment: Crossing over MJ
6:17 The prime years
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0:00​ The story of Allen Iverson 0:29​ Iverson’s cultural impact 2:30​ The beginning 5:21​ Defining moment: Crossing over MJ 6:17​ The prime years
Red Rum
Red Rum Acum 5 Zile
Must watch from BEGINNING:00💯
Dullah Zair
Dullah Zair Acum 13 Zile
@Jacquie Lautman no one cares
Man Cave Sports TV
Man Cave Sports TV Acum 19 Zile
I'm a big Iverson fan, but I think they should do one about Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon
Stop blocking Me
Stop blocking Me Acum 20 Zile
His prime was when he took the 76 to the play offs alle. Iverson had 10 plus years left after his practice interview
AwesomeDude3247 Acum 24 Zile
@Jacquie Lautman lmao
Codey Snow
Codey Snow Acum 4 ore
AI real as it gets. Loved him for that and that lethal and downright disrespectful crossover
World of Animation
World of Animation Acum o Zi
*The most influential NBA player ever!* 🤘🏽
Grant Jackson
Grant Jackson Acum o Zi
The garrulous energy accordingly press because decrease spontaneously stay versus a wise insect. unable, unwieldy innocent
b s
b s Acum 2 Zile
The chunky guarantee temporally exist because beginner happily stare near a amazing hedge. statuesque, aquatic tsunami
Azeez Oyewale
Azeez Oyewale Acum 2 Zile
Tha Answer~
B Bryant
B Bryant Acum 2 Zile
Let us not forget that the 01 Lakers won every single playoff game that year EXCEPT when Iverson went off in game 1 in the Staples Center in the Finals. Greatness. And in a great era of basketball.
mithun mitz
mithun mitz Acum 2 Zile
The Perfect man for the motto.. "live your Life Your way..."❤️❤️❤️
Zel Gemini24
Zel Gemini24 Acum 3 Zile
Allen Iverson is the original ankle breaker in the NBA!
Nick Karanikolas
Nick Karanikolas Acum 3 Zile
People who say kyrie is better than iverson make me mad.
Krucial K
Krucial K Acum 5 Zile
My favorite player ✋ down
BLACK FLAG MAFIA 414 Acum 7 Zile
🔥 3 🔥
Alex Smith
Alex Smith Acum 8 Zile
AI was my basketball idol growing up, I styled all my moves based on his style of play. He'll forever remain a legend.
Keiko Ayeka VLOGG
Keiko Ayeka VLOGG Acum 9 Zile
He is a goat without ring
Ace Scafe
Ace Scafe Acum 9 Zile
Allen Iverson was not in the Shadow of Michael Jordan He was cooler than Jordan . He was the first Allen Iverson. He both a whole new style to the Game. And most of the People in the N.B.A wanted to be like him. Even Michael Jordan realized that he was just him,And not like anybody else.i wanted to play like Allen Iverson when i first saw him play for Georgetown. He was magnificent and i knew he was gonna change the NBA and he did.
Chris Jones
Chris Jones Acum 10 Zile
The greatest point guard defense mad steals the cross god handles the shot drive the lane he my top of of all time
Chris Jones
Chris Jones Acum 10 Zile
If the sixers ever win a title this era they should let him be apart of it
Irish Republican Army
Irish Republican Army Acum 10 Zile
One of the greatest ever
Sverre Tysl
Sverre Tysl Acum 10 Zile
The best bad boy in the NBA, even better than Rodman.
Julian Overton
Julian Overton Acum 11 Zile
A.I. will never get the love he deserves for what he did in and to the NBA. It's sad too. It's REALLY that big of a deal.
Shang Hunter
Shang Hunter Acum 11 Zile
A.I was the A.B. (ankle breaking) beast ! Absolutely loved watching his skills !!
Messiah Black
Messiah Black Acum 12 Zile
Ain’t much changed, NBA still racist...
Talkin My
Talkin My Acum 13 Zile
Steph got all the kids shooting 3s....Iverson had us all crossing over...
Frederick Golden
Frederick Golden Acum 13 Zile
Right behind the the ultimate attack guard of all time, the unguardable Magic Johnson stands the "Little General", Allen Iverson who was considered small at only 6 feet in sneakers but he could jump, drain and crossover like no other, dunk like a 6 foot nine player and was almost the second coming of "Doctor J. to the fans of his humble Philly and a hero to many including myself because he was a regular street dude with almost superhuman athletic talent and he never "Anglicized" to fit in with the dominant culture. Allen took a few negative hits for not assimilating, even was charged with cosmetic felonies and was locked up but given a pardon by the governor to break the grip of racial profiling and white supremacy, a bold move indeed. Outside of his social issues, Allen set a good example and was a mentor to thousands of kids, he never went "plastic" in character and had a great career right up there with the best in history, even Jordan has to acknowledge what A.I. meant to the game and the evolution of the point guard position, the brother was unique in his time and one of a kind in his ability to "play among the trees" with such abandon, with such effectiveness and offensive dexterity...✔️👍👀 Even Michael Jordan didn't have the split-second
loyaxe Acum 14 Zile
unfortunately, KOBE and ShaQ duo was so strong at that time..
AL Lade
AL Lade Acum 14 Zile
"The Answer"
The CBA Acum 14 Zile
His AI was on hall of fame
Free Tigray
Free Tigray Acum 14 Zile
Iverson was the reason why I watched basketball as a teenager. One of the realest players to play in the league. And most importantly respected
Mamba Mentality RIP KOBE
Mamba Mentality RIP KOBE Acum 14 Zile
I got the same ad 5 times in this video.
Ed Kavanaugh
Ed Kavanaugh Acum 15 Zile
A.I. was the Deon Sanders of the NBA. Change my mind.
IvoryPitbull Acum 15 Zile
"no body could play through a hit like that" This man doesn't watch hockey, football, or rugby.
ASMR Fan Acum 15 Zile
Cross-over Master!
Damar Fadlan
Damar Fadlan Acum 15 Zile
Iverson is amazing.
lexy Daniel
lexy Daniel Acum 15 Zile
But quite a sad story without ring..if not will be a complete career
MoneyMo Acum 15 Zile
The only time I really got into college basketball was because of Iverson. The conference game with him against Ray Allen was amazing.
Mana Uaamnuichaim
Mana Uaamnuichaim Acum 15 Zile
He is so intense, I believe he can excel in any sport .
Kopano Mosweunyane
Kopano Mosweunyane Acum 15 Zile
This was an amazing documentary
TanakinSkywalker Acum 16 Zile
Tim hardaway has the greatest crossover ever
J B Acum 16 Zile
you forgot the rule change for palming the ball
Arthur Robinson
Arthur Robinson Acum 16 Zile
Yeah he sort of Usher than that next tear players the Carmelo Anthony's and LeBron James in the world Dwyane Wade all of those guys were product of the Allen Iverson impact on the culture
Michael Acum 16 Zile
I heard Iverson say in interview once that he never wanted to be a commentator or analyst because he doesn't want to talk down or criticize other players because he knows how it feels as a player I love that about him such a good guy
GG Fam
GG Fam Acum 16 Zile
patrick beverly
Pwimetime Acum 16 Zile
And he was destroyed by NBA commissioner David Sperm. Most fans forget he was silently kicked out of the league.
Pwimetime Acum 16 Zile
AI can play in the 80's!
Apollo Fontane
Apollo Fontane Acum 17 Zile
Thank you for this series, Bomani Jones. I'm a 90's kid and the class of 96 to me is the greatest. Also the same year I fell in love with Hip Hop.
Mark Demson Casao
Mark Demson Casao Acum 17 Zile
Im 90's kid. I have AI's poster all over my room, notes books and t shirts
Ketchupz Studio
Ketchupz Studio Acum 17 Zile
AI never had any ring right?
marcus kim
marcus kim Acum 17 Zile
The very first draft I paid attention to was AI's draft in 96'. I had assumed all No.1 draft picks were this good/durable and all draft classes came loaded like this. Nah, it wasn't.
Unflushablepiss Acum 17 Zile
imagine if he was 6"5
Todd Morrow
Todd Morrow Acum 17 Zile
"what they got was the most philly athlete that wasnt invented by a screenwriter" nothing but facts right there
Jerry Fowler
Jerry Fowler Acum 17 Zile
Learned my first crossover from Iverson
Ozodari Acum 17 Zile
as an 8 year old white kid allen iverson was my fav black guy, possible my favorite guy
Will Alvarez
Will Alvarez Acum 18 Zile
Lol. Stop it. Yeah, he crossed him over and got a little separation but he did not Crossover-Crossover Jordan ..
1Blkkato Acum 18 Zile
the best player i would never take on my team - you can have him for your team
Sushinosaurus Rex
Sushinosaurus Rex Acum 18 Zile
i feel like AI and beckham have in common They brought the fashion culture to the each sport
Michael Bautista
Michael Bautista Acum 18 Zile
Janice from Accounting
Janice from Accounting Acum 18 Zile
1:59 lol, NBA hiding their racism behind "dReSs cOdE" The guy was 30 years old and an NBA superstar and the money men thought they are in a position to tell him how to dress... clowns. The early 2000s were a mad time. People thought rap music, baggy pants, and violent video games would ruin the youth and society. 20 years later we know that it wasn't any of those things destroying the fabric of society, but rather racist Facebook groups where the elderly hang out and consume fearmongering and propaganda.
Nick Sandz
Nick Sandz Acum 18 Zile
Second scorer? What second scorer? 😭😂😭😂
ChucklesMcChuckleson Acum 19 Zile
You're too nice about what went down at that "brawl." The details are fairy clear. AI was involved in a limited sense and the prosecution of him was racially motivated. Only AI and his friend were prosecuted, even though there is no dispute that the fight was started by Caucasian high school students from a neighboring town, and many more were involved. AI went away for 4 months just because he had some fame coming to him - at 17. AI was pardoned by the governor due to mounting social pressure and insufficient evidence of AI's guilt. Can't blame the dude for having an attitude.
Mc001Rem002 Acum 19 Zile
hip hop is everything
Phillys Phinest
Phillys Phinest Acum 19 Zile
Philly approved ! Practice!?
Ray Gordon Teaches Chess
Ray Gordon Teaches Chess Acum 19 Zile
The video didn't really talk about practice much.
Richer p Sickert.
Richer p Sickert. Acum 19 Zile
There will never be another class of!!!
Vernon L
Vernon L Acum 19 Zile
Well put together and well narrated !
Joseph O Reilly
Joseph O Reilly Acum 19 Zile
Took a team to the finals on his back ,legend
M G Acum 20 Zile
The 166 dislikes are from those who broke their ankles while watching this video.
Voltaire Voltaires
Voltaire Voltaires Acum 20 Zile
He was my fav growing up but to be honest he did NOT have great handles.
Zyz zyz
Zyz zyz Acum 20 Zile
“Most singular player”. What does that mean? 0:50 - The first Allen Iverson”? Was there a second one?
dee kay
dee kay Acum 20 Zile
Imagine if Iverson want after rings the way Bron did..
Elisha Johnson
Elisha Johnson Acum 20 Zile
We talking about Practice
And a 40% shooter
yannisbskt Acum 20 Zile
Loretta's Only
Loretta's Only Acum 20 Zile
The 115 people who thumbed down this video don't respect greatness.
Edward Henderson
Edward Henderson Acum 20 Zile
iverson wasn't even there when he was charge with that ridiculously crime AND THAT WAS PROVEN SIR !
12345qwert830 Acum 21 o Zi
Allen Iverson is the DMX of NBA
wabenzy *
wabenzy * Acum 21 o Zi
my 🐐
Sothearath Chhim
Sothearath Chhim Acum 21 o Zi
Greatest memphis grizzlies that never played
Zach Acum 21 o Zi
favorite athlete ever.
Energeticphenom Acum 21 o Zi
Liking anything A.I. Never subscribing to espn tho.
ULI ULI Acum 21 o Zi
He brought Thugggy to the NBA.
James L.
James L. Acum 21 o Zi
15 year prison sentence for a chair throwing incident at a bowling alley... SMH. Utterly ridiculous
Pey Piedad
Pey Piedad Acum 21 o Zi
Allen Iverson would have had an even better career had he played in today's basketball era.
Mark Rohan
Mark Rohan Acum 21 o Zi
If there is pound for pound ranking in NBA just like in boxing, AI will be in the top 3 if not the top 1.
ho disperatilor
ho disperatilor Acum 21 o Zi
James Kim
James Kim Acum 22 Zile
Should have been a Raider , I'm just saying
J K Acum 22 Zile
'96 was dope
Robert Jones
Robert Jones Acum 22 Zile
The only player who plays with as much fire and passion as A.I. is Westbrook. And Iverson was significantly better than Westbrook.
Philly Duo
Philly Duo Acum 22 Zile
I remember seeing an interview where Iverson said he was a better football player than he was a basketball player. I would have loved to see that. The man was truly gifted🔥🙏🏼.
Regnessem Acum 22 Zile
I mean this man is just gifted like crazy. He's 6ft and NBA often over report height, 165 lbs yet he was dunking the ball surrounded by giants. His athleticism is out of this world also don't forget he was national level in both basketball and football during his HS years which is incredible to be able to reach such high level in 2 sports.
21st and 8th
21st and 8th Acum 22 Zile
Lebron and Allen Iverson in their Primes would beat Jordan Bulls, KD's Warriors, and Shaq's Lakers
Doondee P
Doondee P Acum 22 Zile
Jordan almost blocked that shot too 😮
Blue Love
Blue Love Acum 22 Zile
Sydney Dee
Sydney Dee Acum 22 Zile
Original *A.I*
Zachary Suttle
Zachary Suttle Acum 22 Zile
I love his story
Cain From Vault-Tec
Cain From Vault-Tec Acum 22 Zile
I remember seeing AI at dave and busters in Philly when I was a kid my dude doesn't wash his hands after peeing.
Official mighty Notorious aka gdubb
Official mighty Notorious aka gdubb Acum 22 Zile
The answer give MJ cross over, and when he bite on it?
Official mighty Notorious aka gdubb
Official mighty Notorious aka gdubb Acum 22 Zile
I'm sorry Mike but,u are the greatest player in the world, and u got cooked by A.I. the answer?
Smackin Baits
Smackin Baits Acum 22 Zile
Class of '96 has 3 MVPs...
omar maghirang
omar maghirang Acum 22 Zile
man built like a def jam character
08 ahn
08 ahn Acum 22 Zile
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