Home

NBA

Former Celtics Superstar Only Has 1 Thing on His Mind After Seeing Allen Iverson Tribute

Published 01/30/2024, 7:25 AM EST

Follow Us

via Getty

When it comes to team accolades, Allen Iverson’s name rarely comes up. But there have been very few who influenced the league and the culture like The Answer. That impact helped establish one of the most iconic basketball magazines, SLAM. As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, it paid a special tribute to AI, who featured on the magazine’s cover 14 times. And it had a former Boston Celtics star reminiscing about the greatness of Iverson.

2x All-Star Isaiah Thomas took to his social media account to express his appreciation for the 11x All-Star Iverson. Using the popular GOAT (Greatest of All Time) emojis, Thomas conveyed his deep respect for the 2001 MVP. SLAM’s 30th-anniversary celebration not only reminisces about the past but also shows the continued impact of basketball’s elite on the magazine’s legacy. However, it could have been very different for AI.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

 

Iverson was not initially in SLAM magazine’s cover plans. Dennis Page, publisher of SLAM, acknowledged the then-college basketball player Iverson’s prowess but hesitated due to concerns about the cover’s marketability. It was Scoop Jackson, an executive at SLAM, who saw beyond the doubts and believed in Iverson’s future impact on the league.

WATCH THIS STORY: “He Passed That Sunday”: Shaquille O’Neal’s 66YO Buddy Reminisces the “Surreal” Moment When the World Lost NBA Legend, Kobe Bryant

While AI had already debuted for the magazine in 1994, against the odds, he finally graced the cover in the 1996 issue. Then we saw another “Who’s Afraid of Allen Iverson?” in the June 1997 issue. For the first time, that cover picture featured the Philadelphia 76ers legend wearing jewelry.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Allen Iverson’s most iconic SLAM covers

Following that came the iconic “Soul on Ice” cover in 1999, featuring Iverson in a Mitchell & Ness throwback jersey. Former editor at SLAM, Tony Gervino was the mastermind behind this photo. He had Iverson pose like Sixers legend Julius Erving. These photos perfectly captured the essence of the Philadelphia 76ers star as a cultural icon. SLAM is paying the perfect tribute to AI and the other iconic basketball stars who have graced the covers during the magazine’s 30-year run.

via Getty

The 30 legends on SLAM’s tribute list also feature Kevin Garnett, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Maya Moore, Zion Williamson, and more. Each cover, a snap of a defining era, contributed to the ongoing conversation about basketball’s cultural impact. Which SLAM cover of Iverson is your favorite?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Trending

Get instantly notified of the hottest NBA stories via Google! Click on Follow Us and Tap the Blue Star.

Follow Us

READ MORE: “I Just Started Going Crazy”: Willing “To Kill” for 1 Prized Possession, Allen Iverson Unveils ‘Wild’ Side Before NBA Stint

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Written by:

Pritha Debroy

1,265Articles

One take at a time

My love for basketball kicked off with the Portland Trail Blazers. The team's spirit, their thrilling plays, and the dedicated fan base had me hooked from the get-go. Now, I'm all about blending my passion for the game with my love for writing.
Show More>

Edited by:

Pragya Vashisth