Allen Iverson Has Hilarious Response to Why He Was Missing From the 1996 Draft Class Photograph

Published 04/12/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – NOVEMBER 10: American former basketball player Allen Iverson receives interview during rehearsal for 2018 Double 11 Global Shopping Festival on November 10, 2018 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)


If anyone had to look back and pick the most talented Draft class in NBA history, it would have to be the 1996 class. Filled with talent to the brim, it had players that became future MVPs, All-Stars, Champions, and even Hall of Famers. Only a couple of years prior to them coming together, the SLAM magazine had just been founded and when it was time for this draft class to be on the cover photo, there was one Hall of Famer, Allen Iverson, who was missing. Now, fans finally know why.

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Allen Iverson missed the 1996 Draft photograph

It had just been two years that SLAM had come out and the magazine had already established itself as one best basketball magazines out there. It blended hoops and hip-hop seamlessly, although the concept was not understood by most in the beginning. But the two themes were bridged brilliantly.

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Then came 1996, the year when hip-hop came out with some extraordinary and ground-breaking albums. It was also the year that saw the greatest NBA Draft emerged. Their aura resonated with the brand and thus, Slam 15 decided to do a cover photo that had all these superstars flaunting their confidence and charisma.

This included Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Ben Wallace, Peja Stojakovic, and many others. However, the 76ers’ legend, Allen Iverson, was nowhere to be found. Everyone has often wondered why he wasn’t part of that iconic photograph, and now, Iverson has opened the lid on the secret.

“I wanted to always clear that up, but I never had the platform to do that,” started off Iverson. Then he hilariously said, “I don’t know. I don’t know where I was or how I missed it. I don’t remember. Being that young, and not as mature as I am now or should have been, I might have blew it off.”

Where is the 76ers’ legend now?

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When Iverson retired, there was news surrounding his financial irresponsibility and how he was in debt and was broke. Controversies around the legend never seemed to stop, but that is probably why fans and young generation players like him; he is imperfect and real.

He is often seen on various podcasts or discussions and seems like he is doing well for himself. Though he wasn’t the biggest and scariest guy on the court, his Hall of Fame career speaks for itself.

031258.SP.0806.lakers12.WS –– Lakers Kobe Bryant and 76ers Allen Iverson have a few words with each other at the end of the fourth quarter of the NBA Final game between the Lakers and the 76ers, Friday, June 8, 2001 at the Staples Center. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Looks like AI didn’t really need the 1996 Draft photo to make a name for himself. His accolades and talent were more than enough to set him apart as a legend.

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Read also- Allen Iverson Declares His and Kobe Bryant’s 96 Draft Class the Best Over Michael Jordan or LeBron James’ Class

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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