148+ Best Allen Iverson Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Allen Ezail Iverson, nicknamed “the Answer”, is an American basketball player. Iverson known for both explosive play on the court and controversy away from the game. He became the first great athlete to be strongly identified with the hip-hop movement. Profoundly inspirational Allen Iverson quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Allen Iverson Quotes

When you lose, there is a whole bunch of room for negativity and I don’t feed into this stuff and I do not do any talking. I don’t run my mouth. – Allen Iverson

He’s helped me do so much in my career, helped me be the player that I am. If there’s no Larry Brown, then there’s no MVP, Allen Iverson. – Allen Iverson

I don’t want to be another Jordan, Magic, or Isiah. When my career is over, I want to be able to look in the mirror and say ‘I did it my way’. – Allen Iverson

You have to go through good times and bad times to get where you’re trying to go. – Allen Iverson

I take everything I learned from the streets and put it in my NBA game. – Allen Iverson

Life is short. Im gonna be happy with mine. – Allen Iverson

I would rather win than have good sportsmanship. – Allen Iverson

I always wanted to be a Sixer. My dad was a Sixers’ fan. I never wanted to leave. I wanted to start my career in Philly and finish it here. – Allen Iverson

I was the bridge between the Michael Jordan era and LeBron James era. – Allen Iverson

I’ve always said, just go ask my teammates if you want to know about me. Go ask the guys that I’ve played with. Don’t ask or get information about me from people who are not in the locker room or not around me all of the time. Then you’ll get legit answers. – Allen Iverson

How the hell can I make my teammates better by practicing?! – Allen Iverson

I want to return to the NBA this season, and help any team that wants me, in any capacity that they feel that I can help. I’m disappointed. – Allen Iverson

I love my fans in Philadelphia, but this is the hardest place in the world to play in. And I think it’s the hardest place to play in to be a superstar. Just to be the No. 1 guy. All eyes on you – because everybody wants you to be perfect, but not themselves. – Allen Iverson

I don’t want to just go to the playoffs, I don’t want to go to the playoffs and win the first round, second round, and not win the whole thing because it’s bittersweet. – Allen Iverson

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. – Allen Iverson

I thought we’d be discussing about me not leaving Philadelphia and they just kept asking me about the practice, so I lost it. – Allen Iverson

People try to start things with me because of who I am, and I know that means I have to stay away. It’s definitely racial. – Allen Iverson

I believe that whatever we have, regardless of a trade being done or not, I feel we have a shot. I’ve just got to believe that we’re going to be all right. I’ve got to just play basketball. – Allen Iverson

We should because when coaches get fired, the players have a lot to do with it. – Allen Iverson

Everything comes back around. You never thought Louis Vuitton and Gucci and all that other stuff would come back. You know what I mean? And now it’s one of the highest brands there is out. Everything just comes right back into circulation. Baggy jeans might come back out again. Might be a while, but they might. – Allen Iverson

There’s nothing less than that. I don’t care about just going to the playoffs; I’ve been to the playoffs before. – Allen Iverson

This is the thing you dream about when you’re a kid, even before getting into the league. – Allen Iverson

We had a lot to do with Randy being fired. If we were to do a lot better, then it probably wouldn’t have happened. – Allen Iverson

I’m going to always be a Sixer til I die. – Allen Iverson

I am the MVP and I gotta worry about the trade talk. – Allen Iverson

God chose Memphis as the place that I will continue my career. – Allen Iverson

You know, I’ve always told him (Larry Brown) I wanted the relationship that Michael Jackson… Michael Jordan, I’m sorry. … I wanted the same relationship with him like Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan had. – Allen Iverson

Man, people have been waiting for me to fall off my whole career. From the first time I stepped on the court. It probably made people sick to their stomachs watching my whole career, watching the things that I’ve done in my career. – Allen Iverson

I see kids today trying to do the things I did, and it makes me feel like I’ve come a long way. – Allen Iverson

You can put a murderer in a suit, and hes still a murderer. – Allen Iverson

It’s unfair because the people booing, I believe, wouldn’t want to have their child booed. Fans don’t understand our lives and what we go through. They don’t look at us as humans. We love the fans because they support and love the game, but at the same time it hurts when they turn their back on us. – Allen Iverson

I never took the game for granted as far as not having to work on what I needed to do to accomplish all of the things that I wanted to accomplish. – Allen Iverson

People think that I’m some tough renegade, black-hearted being, evil, but that ain’t me. – Allen Iverson

Only the strong survive. – Allen Iverson

Being an All-Star is everything. – Allen Iverson

If I don’t believe it, then they don’t need me on the court. I’ve just got to believe that in my heart. – Allen Iverson

I wasn’t a bad guy. I just wanted God to give me a second chance. – Allen Iverson

I just wanted to set a good example. I wanted to do things that I hadn’t done before. My whole thing was to just try to be professional. I think when you work hard, good things happen, so obviously, because we’re going to the Finals. – Allen Iverson

Believe me, I am not even that brave enough to miss that many practices. – Allen Iverson

When I was a little kid I used to go on the playground and say: today I will shoot like Bird, pass like Magic, jump like Mike, be quick like Zeke. I am thankful to them, since without seeing them do things they did, I wouldn’t be in the NBA. – Allen Iverson

In 2001 we didn’t have all the talent in the world, we just had me on offense and just a bunch of tough ass dudes, and a great coach in Larry Brown. – Allen Iverson

Please don’t try to make things nice! All the wrong notes are right? I want it that way. – Allen Iverson

I owe all of this to the guys I’ve played with and all the coaches that have helped me get to where I’m at right now. I’m honored to be here. – Allen Iverson

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. I’m fortunate; I’m blessed to be in the situation that I’m in right now. – Allen Iverson

Not a game, not a game… practice. – Allen Iverson

When you get to that level, it’s not a matter of talent anymore – because all the players are so talented – it’s about preparation, about playing smart and making good decisions. If I don’t believe it, then they don’t need me on the court. I’ve just got to believe that in my heart. – Allen Iverson

Personally, I just want to win a championship. – Allen Iverson

I had a lot of growing up to do. A lot of times, I learned the hard way. – Allen Iverson

We got to stop people. We go ahead and we score 100 points every night, but we give up more. Our whole thing was, we know we can score, and we have to start having some kind of fun on the defensive end. Everybody want to play offense. Not too many people want to play defense. Defense is ego, pride, and that’s the way we’ve been coming out, just taking the challenge. Man-on-man first and having each other’s back when a guy gets beat. – Allen Iverson

You make other team think you going one way and you got to sell the move going that way and you’ve got to really make them think that you’re going that way and they’re going the other way. When it ends up ultimately being a perfect crossover is when you shake them so bad that they can’t even get back into the play to play defense. You’re already gone. That’s what I think the perfect one is to where a teammate of his has to stop you from scoring. – Allen Iverson

We’re sitting in here, and I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we in here talking about practice. I mean, listen, we’re talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, we talking about practice. Not a game. Not, not… Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last. Not the game, but we’re talking about practice, man. I mean, how silly is that?.. And we talking about practice. I know I supposed to be there. I know I’m supposed to lead by example… I know that… And I’m not… I’m not shoving it aside, you know, like it doesn’t mean anything. I know it’s important, I do. I honestly do… But we’re talking about practice man. What are we talking about? Practice? We’re talking about practice, man. – Allen Iverson

I play every game like it’s my last game. All that matters is that you go out there and play every game as if it was your last. – Allen Iverson

I’m not perfect. But I am trying every day to concentrate on being better. – Allen Iverson

I’d rather have more heart than talent any day. – Allen Iverson

When you are not practicing, someone else is getting better. – Allen Iverson

A jump shot can get you a shoe deal, a big house, a supermodel, fancy cars, a bunch of yes men, a Swiss bank account. But none of these things can get you a jump shot – Allen Iverson

Mistakes happen. But after a while you’ve got to stop making them happen twice. – Allen Iverson

If I can’t practice, I can’t practice. It is as simple as that. I ain’t about that at all. It’s easy to sum it up if you’re just talking about practice. We’re sitting here, and I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we’re talking about practice. I mean listen, we’re sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we’re talking about practice. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last, but we’re talking about practice man. How silly is that? – Allen Iverson

If you’re struggling with your shooting, then do other things on the basketball court. Get steals, get assists, get rebounds-do anything on the court to help the team win. – Allen Iverson

I made a lot of mistakes, a lot of things I’m not proud of. But it’s only for other people to learn from. – Allen Iverson

When I was young, everyone laughed at me when I said that I wanted to be a professional basketball player…now it’s my turn to laugh. – Allen Iverson

I went through what I went through because God said go through it – Allen Iverson

When you work hard, good things happen – Allen Iverson

I don’t put pressure on myself. I just compete. – Allen Iverson

I don’t even have money for a cheeseburger! – Allen Iverson

My whole thing is, if you love me, then love me. If you don’t, then believe what you hear and run with that. – Allen Iverson

I just try to look into the mirror, and work on the things that I wasn’t doing, and I made a promise to myself that after the season, I will look at the same mirror, and say that you did everything you could – Allen Iverson

One of the things you have to learn is that you don’t have to have the ball all the time to be effective. – Allen Iverson

We talkin’ about practice? – Allen Iverson

I believe in my heart I’m the best player in the world. I’m just a scorer. I try to put the ball in the basket for my team. I’m just confident in my ability to play ball. – Allen Iverson

I gave everything I had to basketball. The passion is still there but the desire to play is not. It was a great ride. – Allen Iverson

The basket looked like an ocean, and I was just throwing rocks in. – Allen Iverson

When you win, everything is everything. But when you lose, it’s all about Allen Iverson and Larry Brown. When we win, I know that I get the praise and Larry Brown gets the praise, but when we lose, it’s on me and Larry Brown. That’s something that I have to learn to accept and deal with. – Allen Iverson

I don’t care. I feel like if we don’t make a trade, we have to get it done with what we’ve got. – Allen Iverson

Man, I’m 31 years old and a husband with four kids; I hope I’m no thug. I hear all those negative things and don’t hear anything positive. I think that’s all those people feel… that way that’s all they hear about when you hear Allen Iverson did something negative or something. – Allen Iverson

We are looking forward to trying to get in the playoffs and make something happen. It’s all a matter of confidence and we have that now. We can still make the playoffs, it’s all up to us. – Allen Iverson

We stopped doing the things that got us the lead, both offensively and defensively. You can feel it. You’re not getting easy shots anymore. – Allen Iverson

We’re going to need team efforts; we’re going to need each other down the stretch. With 29 games to go, we’ve got to win more than half of those to give us a better seed in the playoffs. We don’t want to settle for the eighth spot. We want to try and get as high as we can. – Allen Iverson

We knew we were going to be short-handed, being that Chris wasn’t playing, and other guys stepped up and played big for us. – Allen Iverson

We have to get it done, that’s no excuse. – Allen Iverson

We tried it different ways in the first half of the season and now we just have to do it the way Mo Cheeks wants it done every night. – Allen Iverson

We didn’t take care of it. We just struggled handling the ball. – Allen Iverson

When they start talking about suspending me and hurting what we’re trying to do here as a basketball team, then I don’t have (a) choice but to abide by it, – Allen Iverson

We’re looking at our own sizes, we’re looking at our friends’ sizes, – Allen Iverson

She was laying on the floor and she’d be having her arm around me. – Allen Iverson

Obviously, it’s bad if I couldn’t return. I’ll just get the MRI and see what it really is… I had problems walking, so I knew I couldn’t do any running. I couldn’t go. It’s real swollen and sore. – Allen Iverson

Nine times out of 10, I’m playing Friday. – Allen Iverson

I was surprised that they just let me wind the clock down and take a shot. I told my teammates that I was going to wind it down. … I was hoping if I did miss, the ball would bounce, and the time would run out. – Allen Iverson

I was struggling. I couldn’t really go to the basket as quick as I wanted to. When I did it was real painful. – Allen Iverson

If we don’t have Willie, it’s going to hurt us. But we have so many guys ready to step up. – Allen Iverson

I got us off to a bad start from the beginning of the game. The magnitude of the game and being in so many games like that, for me to be the one to act like I had never been in a game like that is unacceptable. I fully take responsibility for this one. – Allen Iverson

I don’t have a problem with it. I’ll do it for the rest of the season. – Allen Iverson

I had problems walking, so I knew I couldn’t do any running. I couldn’t do it. It’s real swollen. – Allen Iverson

I feel like if they want us to dress a certain way, they should pay for our clothes. It’s just tough, man, knowing that all of a sudden you have to have a dress code out of nowhere. I don’t think that’s going to help the image of the league at all. … It kind of makes it fake. The whole thing is fake. – Allen Iverson

I feel good about how we’re trying to get better defensively. – Allen Iverson

Getting those two guys on the same page will be a major factor on us having a good season,” Cheeks said. – Allen Iverson

I don’t remember him being in the game. – Allen Iverson

I don’t want them to take my money, either. That’s just like taking it and burning it. – Allen Iverson

I don’t want to be any problem to him, … I just want to be somebody that, when he has a problem, he can come talk to me about it. – Allen Iverson

I don’t think it’s good for the league. I really don’t because it kind of makes it fake. Guys wearing those clothes don’t want to be wearing those clothes. – Allen Iverson

Forty-one games in, you should know how to close out games. – Allen Iverson

God blessed us, … It rained but we’re still out here. This is what life is about. I’m glad I could get out here to put some smiles on these kids’ faces. – Allen Iverson

God blessed me with another opportunity. If that didn’t work, I’d probably be in (the interview room) now, losing a lot of money. – Allen Iverson

If it didn’t work out right, I’d probably be in here losing a lot of my money. That was bad. At that juncture of the game and on a significant play like that, you have to be able to see that play. – Allen Iverson

If that doesn’t let us know we can beat a good team, I don’t know what will. Hopefully this one will give us some confidence, coming back on the World Champs. – Allen Iverson

If that didn’t let him know this weekend that he can be a great player in this league, then nothing will. But I think he got the message. – Allen Iverson

He was angry and had every right to be. – Allen Iverson

He has that confidence, that swagger with him. He doesn’t feel like a little young guy out of place anymore. He feels welcome. He knows that, that’s his spot and he’s a part of this franchise. – Allen Iverson

He got himself involved. It wasn’t so much anything we did specifically? we did really the same things we’ve been doing. He found ways to get his hands on the ball. – Allen Iverson

He gave me an excuse, and I didn’t buy it. I told him that’s what we need him to do. Andre is not selfish at all, but he has to be selfish in that sense to try to get shots up, because we need him to. – Allen Iverson

We thought we had chances to get back into the game. We turned the ball over here and there, and they did what great teams do – they took advantage of it. When you are playing against a good team like (Detroit), you have to take advantage of the opportunities and you can’t throw the ball away. – Allen Iverson

To fight like we fought the majority of the game and then for that to happen to us with 4.9 seconds on the clock is just devastating. – Allen Iverson

His opinion is his opinion – and it’s just that. I don’t have anything negative to say about him, and I don’t have anything negative to say about the situation. – Allen Iverson

He wasn’t calm. He was angry, and he had every right to be. What I got out of it is that the guys need to take a challenge to make this team better. He talked about this bad time were going through and how we need to stick together. It’s very important for us to stay together as a unit. – Allen Iverson

I was like a kid in a candy store. It felt like the first game of the season because I was excited to be back. – Allen Iverson

keep his head up, that it would all work out. – Allen Iverson

John is going to feel bad because of the situation. Probably he will react to something not that serious because of the situation. – Allen Iverson

I think it sends a bad message when we lose these pre-season games. – Allen Iverson

I thought I got a pretty good look. He had a hand in my face (Andre Miller) but I got a great look. – Allen Iverson

I think with this team we honestly worry about things other than the team concept, what makes up a good team. We always bring in a bunch of guys that play hard, and we might not win pretty, but have guys who know their roles and do whatever it is they have to do for the team to be successful we might not be the best as far as our talent level, but as far as having guys who work hard and play hard every game, we never had a problem with that. – Allen Iverson

I think the biggest part of this was the fact that we were coming into an arena where the guys were 0-7, – Allen Iverson

I think that as far as talent, we have enough to get over the hump. We are just not doing it. You can’t coach it, you can’t preach it. It is just something that players must be willing to do. – Allen Iverson

I think a lot of it has to do with the trade deadline being over. Guys are comfortable now that they’re going to be here. – Allen Iverson

I think that with this team, we honestly worry about other things besides team concepts. – Allen Iverson

I want to win a ring. I want to have the opportunity to get back to the Finals. All that matters is us getting into the playoffs, because then, anything can happen. – Allen Iverson

just because you put a guy in a tuxedo, it doesn’t mean he’s a good guy. – Allen Iverson

Just getting back into the game and making it a game is all heart. It feels bad, though, because we don’t give that effort in the beginning and then we start showing the heart when we’re about to get blown out. You have to play like that in the beginning and get stronger as the game goes on. – Allen Iverson

Last night they kind of took me out of the game defensively and my teammates stepped up. Tonight was just a little different. I stepped up in the fourth quarter. We just need everyone to contribute. – Allen Iverson

Steve set the tone for them and everyone else just followed. – Allen Iverson

My shot felt good from the beginning of the game to the end. – Allen Iverson

Looking back on everything that happened with me and coach, 99 percent of the time it was my fault. I see that now, definitely. … Now that he’s gone, you understand you lost a lot. – Allen Iverson

It felt terrible but I was glad I played all the way through, so I didn’t have to sit down and have it stiffen up. It stiffened up real bad at halftime but I managed to get through it. – Allen Iverson

It felt like it was the first game of the season. It was just fun to be back out there and be in the environment and playing with my team and trying to help. – Allen Iverson

I still have yet to accomplish what I’ve been trying to do from Day 1. – Allen Iverson

I think if Yao Ming was on my team, we’d probably have a 100 percent chance of winning an NBA championship. – Allen Iverson

I think I’m getting better as a basketball player. – Allen Iverson

I think he had a great camp. I think it’s the first year John’s playing relaxed and you can tell by what he’s doing out there on the basketball court. – Allen Iverson

I think it would have been good if we could have played all pre-season games together. It will be something we’ll have to deal with, something we’ll have to fight through. – Allen Iverson

I think Leon told Mo (76ers coach Maurice Cheeks) that they weren’t inviting me. – Allen Iverson

I thought he played great. He played well in training camp. I’m excited about it. We played well with each other tonight. – Allen Iverson

Just inconsistent. But the positive part of it all is that the season’s not over. (We’ve) still got a chance to get into the playoffs and start a new season. For us to tank it now would be crazy. (We’re) definitely not going to give up. We’ve got a long way to go. – Allen Iverson

That was my fault. Basically, it was just good defense and I made a bad play. – Allen Iverson

That’s what it is all about, coming in and playing a game like it is your last. That’s what we did. We fought on the defensive end, we fought trying to get rebounds, and we let the offense take care of itself. – Allen Iverson

I wasn’t used to the attention, I wasn’t used to having money, I wasn’t used to being the main focus on an NBA team. – Allen Iverson

We just believed in each other, got defensive stops when we needed them and executed our offense. We were able to make something happen. – Allen Iverson

We just cracked. We had this game. We’re not supposed to lose that one. I would rather get blown out. – Allen Iverson

You just have to want to do it. I don’t know how but I know that it has to be done. I know if we get frustrated and start turning on each other that it is only going to get worse. – Allen Iverson

We can score on anybody. But we have to focus on defense. They were just outworking us. Everybody has to step up, period, for us to be a better team. – Allen Iverson

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