Allen Iverson Biography
The NBA made several alterations in the game rules during the off-season, and allowed zone defenses. The new rules have since limited Iverson's effectiveness somewhat, but he was still able to lead the NBA in steals and minutes played while keeping his high scoring output. In fact, Iverson has led the NBA in scoring four times (1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02, and 2004-05,) and, in the process, has equalized George Gervin for the third-most scoring titles. He only trails Wilt Chamberlain and the legend Michael Jordan.
On February 12, 2005, Iverson made a career-high 60 points in the game with the Orlando Magic. He had lavishly praised then-76ers head coach Larry Brown, usually saying that he would not have reached the heights that he has in the sport without Brown's guidance. He had a love-hate relationship with Brown, though. After the 76ers were beated in the first round of the 2002 NBA playoffs, Brown criticized Iverson for missing team practices. Iverson later held a press conference in which he noticed: "We're talking about practice. We're not even talking about the game, the actual game, when it matters. We're talking about practice."
Allen later met Brown as a member and co-captain of the 2004 USA Olympics basketball team. However, they only won the bronze medal. A gold medal had been expected. Iverson, along with teammate LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, were benched during a game, when they were late to a practice session. The United States team had a dismal start against Germany who had failed to qualify for the Olympic competition. Despite that, Iverson kept the game from going into overtime with a miraculous half-court shot in the closing seconds. In 2003, Allen Iverson was ranked 53rd on SLAM Magazine's Top 75 NBA players of all time.