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Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 11:23 pm  |  133 responses

Win AI’s signed shoe!

A true collector’s item from the closest player we’ve seen to Michael Jordan.

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by Ben Osborne

Ironic that when I sit down on my couch to write this up, finally fully armed with the materials and time needed to make this post official, the Spurs and Pistons are playing on TNT. Why is this ironic? Cause it was games like the last Spurs-Pistons matchup, when the Pistons won in SA, that had us feeling so good about our most recent Allen Iverson cover. I wouldn’t say we regret it now; it looked amazing and like I wrote before, AI has always sold well and been a SLAM guy, so him being traded to a team we thought could contend for a title was more than enough reason to put him on. However, the contend for a title/”needs a ring. Now” line of thinking doesn’t look too hot right now. Maybe we should have gone with a different line. I mean, my watching them tonight isn’t that different than what I’ve done many nights this season; the Pistons collection of talent and personalities has led me to watch probably more of their games than any other team’s. And there are still occasions where I say to myself, “If they could just put it all together at the same time, maybe they could make a ru—” and then AI takes a bad shot, Sheed gets a bad tech or Michael Curry makes a bizarre substitution, and I admit to myself that they will struggle to win even one round in the Playoffs.

But this isn’t even about all that. This is about AI, and how regardless of how this season turns out, we’ve got love for him. And so do many of you. So check this out: You may remember that a week or so after the cover, we posted this cover video, and as some commenters noticed, Allen can be seen at the end signing a never-before-seen pair of blue Reebok Questions. Well, he handed me that shoe for the sole (no pun intended) purpose of us giving it away on the site. Since Reebok had been such a help in us executing the shoot, I wanted to do them the favor of running some product info about the shoes with the contest, as well as track down the other half of the pair this signed shoe came from. Well, I went one for two. While hanging out with at a Reebok/AI event in Phoenix last weekend for which we made the program (below), I was officially informed by a few Reebok folks that there are only 100 pairs of these for sale; they’ll retail for $99.99 and be in just a handful of Champs Stores in the Detroit area. What they didn’t have for me was the other shoe.

reebokallstarI feel a little bad not having the whole pair to give away, but not too bad. I’d hope that real AI fans wouldn’t dare to wear this shoe even if they had the pair, considering it’s a rare shoe signed by an iconic player at a SLAM cover shoot, and there’s video in which you can watch him sign the shoe. You guys should know what I like in my contests by now: passion and subjectivity. It’s simple: head down to the comments section below and tell me why you deserve this shoe. I’ll read ‘em over, pick the person I think is the most deserving winner, and then mail that person one of the cooler pieces of AI memorabilia you could ever want.

A couple notes about the event I attended in Phoenix after the Rookie-Sophomore Game…

-The “closest we’ve seen to Michael Jordan” line I use in the title of this post comes from Reebok VP Todd Krinsky’s reminding the assembled media that AI’s 13 signature shoes mark the longest line of anyone but MJ.

-Chinese journalists (and apparently their readers/viewers) love AI.

-AI was wearing a Montreal Canadiens hat, so even though a recent YouTube post indicates that he shorn the cornrows Thursday night and thereby had short hair while he was at the event I attended, he didn’t show it at all (if he had, I wouldn’t have gone so crazy looking for Lang Saturday at practice media availability so he could Twitter/film AI with his new cut.)

aikrinsky-The media session with Iverson, Krinsky and free champagne segued into a party that I chilled at for an hour or so before leaving to meet Lang and Ryne at the T-Mobile event. Lucky I left when I did, or else I might have gotten tasered.

OK. Forget all that stuff and focus on the task at hand: tell me why you deserve AI’s signed shoe below. (By the way, as I typed, the Pistons just played an inspired 4th quarter before losing to the Spurs, 83-79, despite AI’s 31 points. Sigh.)

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Enter through Monday…I’ll pick the winner Tuesday morning.

  • http://blogs.myspace.com/theoriginadro Witness

    im on a boat trick!

  • http://blogs.myspace.com/theoriginadro Witness

    sign me up ben! i’ll sell those bad boys on ebay.

  • http://nba.com tealish

    I’d love to get this piece because I’ve been a die-hard fan of AI ever since I got to know him (from a fan’s perspective, that is). What’s funny and I can hardly believe it, is when I first saw him play back when I was 9 years old or so, I hated him. I hated his style — the “I-don’t-care-who-you-guys-are” mentality. It was mostly b/c I heard about him showing up MJ and just overall disrespecting the guy who got me interested in basketball to begin with. Had no choice, I had to hate him.
    But then in ’98 when MJ retired, I finally could start looking at Ivy with objectivity and when I did, I was hooked. That style that I hated actually had my respect. I knew then this was my guy. And he’s remained my guy through all the highs and lows in past 10 years. You can call it a “low” right now and some even say he’s done, but I’m holding out hope. Dude has been through it all. No reason to quit now.

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    Ben, I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse.

  • Chad Stocking

    Hey Hey Hey, long time reader first time writer. Oh ya, those are some sick kicks right there. Man I’d love to get my mittens on those bad boys it would be sweet to add to the autographed memorabilia room at the house, they would definitely top the list, and probably make the center piece especially comin from my boys at slam.

  • Gambit

    Did he cross up Jordan in the Reebok Question?

  • wayne taylor

    A.I. simply put the greatest score pound for pound(FOR HIS SIZE) IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME. I am from VA.This guy in high school,basketball and football was something special,when was the last time you saw someone 5ft.11 do what he has done in the history of this game.Kobe,Lebron,T-MAC,D-WADE,Shaq,Duncan,some of best players of all-time, this guys,all at least 6ft.5inches at most.If,he do not win a championship he is still considered my favorite player of all-time. A first ballot hall of famer.

  • Gambit

    Remember, He cross up Jordan in the Reebok Question!

  • Chris Townsend

    Ive been an AI fan ever since his days at Georgetown, I was 6 years old watching the classic AI vs. Ray Allen games. AI’s game to me just on another level then everyone else. The freakish athleticism coupled with the lightning quickness is what i wanted my game to be. When he got to the pros, my favorite AI moment and quote has always been when he told Jordan, “I dont have to respect anybody” when Jordan had told him he had to respect them. That attitude right there embodied the perfect persona i wanted to take on they endured some terrible years but I stayed a fan, constantly sticking up for him defending his amazing game being under 6 foot and being able to do the things he’s able to do is remarkable. Hes been a role model to attack the basket with reckless abandon and even when your down by 30 points play with all you got cause it may be your last game. I mean I have the 2001 NBA Finals game one on DVD and I watch it at least twice a week because I absolutely love watching AI will his team to victory. When I found out AI was traded to the Pistons i nearly had a heart attack I dropped my iphone and just couldn’t breathe for a good minute its been touch this season cause I had such high hopes but I still hold out hope, I always said if AI won the title i would streak naked and that stands true. I would just love to have anything autographed by my favorite player, the man who I will PERSONALLY see enshrined in the HOF and will be there on that day I would just love to own it, I hope you pick me.

  • Omar3

    Man, this is tough. There will be lots of people claiming they are hardcore fans, and I believe them. So many people thinking about what to write and how to write it for this piece of collectible memorabilia. I, myself am one of the biggest Allen Iverson fans out there. Living in San Antonio is hard for an AI fan, Spurs have their rings, but AI has none. I supported him in Philly, Denver, and now in Detroit. No matter where he is, I will be here in San Antonio supporting him. I remember when I first started watching AI play in Georgetown, I was just attached his ability to play. It was hard for my mother to buy me expensive shoes, no Jordans, no Air Forces, just Payless shoes or hand me downs. I remember the first shoes I got was the Answer IV MVP’s because they were on sale at the local Foot Action. I would always go hold the regular ones, but over 100 bucks a pair, it was out of my reach. Still own those Answer IV’s, and still polish his face as if he were in the Finals again. As a loyal fan, I just want AI to reach his goal and prove everyone that he is not a selfish player and that he CAN win a ring. Keep on striving and you will get what you deserve.

  • Brandon

    Allen Iverson is my hero.

    And while many may not regard him as a stereotypical role model i disagree.

    I look up to allen iverson.
    And although i’ve never had the privilege of meeting him in person for a signature or to watch him play.. I still look up to him.

    He wants to be his own person and believes that people should have the right to express themselves how they like. Whether it be through the way the dress or the way they ball.

    Allen Iverson will always be Allen Iverson and will not change for anyone. This is why I admire him.

    He plays hard every night and never gives up.

    He has love for his family and love for the game of basketball. Two things that are very important to me.

    I would love to win this shoe. I would treasure it and it would mean a lot. But even if i don’t win i’ll still love allen iverson. and i’ll never forget the lessons he has taught me as a person and as a basketball fan.

  • http://kaj-4.hyves.nl/ Kaj

    Because i’m a BIG A.I. fan and because in Holland you don’t have too many basketball shoes.

  • thomasmmm

    i don’t deserve this shoe. but AI deserves a title. keep it up SLAM!

  • caeubona

    I’ve never been a fan of Allen Iverson. I thought Philly made a mistake when they drafted him. I thought he would never succeed in the pro’s, given his height, his weight, and his playing style. And although I’m still not a fan of his, I have definitely grown to respect him.

    During his time in Philly, he changed the culture of the NBA post-Jordan. The cornrows, the hip-hop style, the tattoos, even his signature crossover – all of these are his contributions to the game. He changed the fabric of the game, and while doing so, brought Philly back to contender status. Despite his size (generously listed at 6’1), he could change and dominate an entire game. He led the league in scoring, he was named MVP, and he took the Sixers all the way to the Finals, where they surprised the Lakers in Game 1.

    Iverson’s time in Denver may not have been his best, nor is his time in Detroit. But he left his heart and soul and body on the floor each and every game. He always competed, and for a certain period of time, he was able to dominate a game usually dominate by much taller men than he.

    I may never be an Allen Iverson fan. I will, however, always respect him for what he has contributed to this game, and most of all, the way he has played the game – with all the passion, heart, and fire in his body. He may be on the twilight of his career, but he continues to play the way he did at the start, and play the only way he knows how – with all of himself, left on the floor every night, win or lose.

  • Marco Rafael

    I’d Like to win this shoe, because i don’t think i’ve ever owned anything remotely close to anything that relates to an NBA player the caliber of Allen Iverson. I reside in the Philippines and the closest I’ve been to an NBA player is standing behind a barricade while watching Gilbert Arenas talk about his GilIIZeros.
    And i never got an autograph, at least if i won these shoes i can say to my friends.”Who do you know, Who do you know, that got two thumbs and a signed Allen Iverson Shoe?” *Points to myself “This Guy”

  • Christopher Lee

    Allen “Chuck” Iverson is my hero, off the basketball court. Defining all odds, accomplishing everything that one individual can accomplish at his size 6’0? no way, more like 5’10.
    why is he my hero? 5 years ago, senior year in high school, when a lot of people doubted me in going to college, even my parents, I had no one to go to for help and counseling. Basketball, was my haven, isolate everything away, just me, the rim, and the ball. Watching Iverson play, watching the DVD “The Answer” pretty much everyday to get some motivation, inspiration, you name it. Couple months later, I got into a top university…on my way in becoming a future doctor…Always has been my mentality, being a fighter, through all obstacles, and at the end of the day saying “I did all that I could and gave 110%”. AI. is my favorite player, trust me.I live in Los Angeles, 2001, when the entire school chanted LAKERS! LAKERS!, the day after game 1,2001 finals, rocked that sixers jersey size XXL, hanging loose. People laughing, throwing milk, soda, you name at the jersey. Still wore it proud. Trust, I am one, if not, the biggest Allen iverson fan you will meet.

  • Ned Mahony

    AI was the reason I fell in love with this game. As long as I’ve known ball, I’ve known Iverson. I can’t think of one without the other. Growing up here in Australia, I first heard of him about 03 or 04, when I first starting liking basketball. I was 8 or 9 and all the highlights I saw (very limited) included The Man. I’ve always loved him and always will love him. He was the reason I started, and he’s the motivation that has made me better. The posters on my wall, the jersey, the shirt, everything Iverson I have, reminds of why I play the game. He plays with so much heart, which is why I love him. That’s why I always play hard, no matter the setting. I always try to do my best and don’t let anyone show me up. I’ve defended him over and over, whenever anyone said anything bad. I’ve stayed with him through the trades and criticism and I always will. I know all about him and support him endlessly. I grew up on the Sixers, then the Nuggets, now the Pistons. You see a pattern here? He is “The One” no matter what Bron says. He is the Man and always will be. So AI, I’m down for life.

  • I am the walrus

    “A true collector’s item from the closest player we’ve seen to Michael Jordan.” Closest player to the man himself! THAT’S REDICULOUS! A.I. has never won a championship. There are far better players than Allen Iverson in the league right now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James The Baller

    I don’t deserve this shoe.

    But being a fan of the little man, with big game. Who wouldn’t lie and say they did deserve them? The one thing I remember about Iverson, was not even Iverson himself. Grade 9 is when I was getting into basketball, around the year 1999/2000. Was a Kobe/MJ fan. I would argue all day with my boy Adrian about Kobe this, and MJ that. Sometimes throw JKidd in there. And all he would say was A.I. is going to change the face of the point guard as we know it. Now a few things about Adrian was, he bought fake tattoos of Iverson’s tattoo’s and put them on for games. Same shoes, same head band, even got his girl to put the same braids in for every game. Now, seeing as youtube wasn’t in full affect what so ever. Finding a video of Iverson crossing Jordan up was rare to find on the internet. And in my small fishing village, internet wasn’t everywhere … maybe dial-up. So in order to see Iverson it was sportscenter, or buy a vhs tape of the guy or catch him in a mix of nba players. So when The Lakers, and philly go into the finals … with me, about 6 other of my boys, one being Adrian, and another being Rory (huge Iverson fan as well). It is a big deal with alot of sh1t talking. With elbows being thrown and angry cheers everytime the other player/team scored. The first game … in the 4th. Iverson takes over. Hitting a 3 (who at the time defending him was Tyron Lue, who I said was going to lock A.I. up) over the Defender while walking over him looking downwards at him in sickness knowing he could not guard him. He was a warrior. A beast. A MJ a KOBE and a Killer Insitnct wrapped in a 6 foot frame. That one game was a milestone. A rip in the time space continuum. It didn’t make sense, and it was so nasty … it was beautiful. It was sexy. I even went to school and was playing basketball like an air guitar crossing over in front of people showing them what A.I. did. I hated it. I was jabbed at by my boys to get out of the basement with my run down Kobe jersey. As I walked home, thinking of how much I wish Kobe would of hit an extra shot, or Shaq could have got an extra rebound. A.I., was the man. I had a new found respect. A new love. I went home and shot hoops under my street lamp. 1 a.m. in the morning, with the neighbors yelling at me about the sound barrier (11 p.m.) pretending I was in the staples centre. But this time … everyone was booing me as I hit shots.
    So to “answer” the question. I don’t deserve these shoes. It’s like being in the presence of the great ones. We just hope we can see a special performance, get an autograph, see them in the line at mcdonalds. This shoe would be special … for any fan, not only of Iverson. But basketball!

  • DJ Pierrot

    Why I deserve it ?
    Simply because I’m french ! Can you imagine how it was hard back in 96 to find here in Europe the Question ! I found them ! And I still have them and that was the day I started to collect sneakers. Same story le following year with the Answer (not the “I” at this time …), I found them ! By this time internet and Ebay was not so big here in the old continent… It was really like Bobitto would say “hunting” back in the days ! And during these days most of the time I was broke !
    So I won’t talk about my Answer III Georgetown colorways, my Question Oakland ASG, etc. Money+Ebay = you get what you want.
    But for the years before his MVP title and the finals vs the lakers, I deserve it !

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ SPANOULIS

    “the closest player we’ve seen to Michael Jordan.”….once again (it won’t be the last i am sure..):for his negative impact on the perception that many kids have for the game of basketball, IVERSON is one of the worst bball players of all-time. (thank god he left 76′ers or else we could have fools to actually compare him to all-time greats based on scoring career averages…!!!)

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    I’d like to think that I deserve these, but maybe I don’t. Either way, I don’t see myself winning this, but any opportunity to talk about my feelings on AI is one I’m willing to take advantage of. When I was 7, I took a Georgetown hat from my friends’ house, not really knowing much/anything about the school or their sports, but deciding then and there that they would be my favorite team. Like I said, I was 7. Turns out the hat fell into my hands during AI’s sophomore 95-96 campaign. From the moment I watched a GTown game that year, I fell in love with him. That love only grew over the years, to crazy levels that saw my walls plastered with AI pics (many from SLAM), closet filled with nearly all AI shoes, purchased as they came out, not after the fact, plus four AI jerseys including the one that the Sixers only wore his rookie season that they now sell as a throwback but I have in kids replica. These are symbols of my love for AI, but not the reasons. Like everyone knows and has said, dude plays harder than anyone I’ve ever seen, I love the crossover, the fact that he helped usher in a new wave of culture into the League, the fact that despite what some may think winning is first on his priority list, as well as his realness and no BS that comes thru in press conferences, interviews, etc. He is truly an individual and one of a kind. He was a huge part in helping to mold my undying love for this game. There tons of other things I could say, but I think I’ll stop there. And I’m definitely in that “Needs a ring. Now” school of thought that you were talking about, Ben, even as a Celts fan.

  • The P up D

    Why I deserve the shoes? Well first off, cause I never win anything. Besides that, thing is…. I never loved A.I. I respected his talent but I thought he was terruble for his team from time to team. i gotta say, he won me over… somewhat.
    He will never be my favourite player (that has been kobe since his high school days) but since you aren’t offering his shoes… I’d like these. Maybe then, I will be truly wonover.
    Haha, aawh well…

    If I win, I will send in a video of my dancing sexy to a Lang Whitaker snoopy stuffed animal!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    SPANOULIS: read my post. He’s the closest player to Michael Jordan IN TERMS OF SIGNATURE SHOES, which I explain in the post.

  • http://SLAM Randy Watson

    I’m a fan of Bubba Chuck back from his G’Town days. Back with he had Victor Page, Junkyard Dawg & O. Harrington on his team. Back when he rocked the Jordon 6′s with the black ankles braces at G’Town. Back when he played for the REAL JOHN THOMPSON & had a bald fade. Then he came into the L and killed it his rookie year. I’m a true fan of his and his kicks as I have the first pair of Questions with the red toe on it. I’m a real fan as I’ve gotten every pair he’s came out in with the exact same color. I’m a fan of the shoe as it is know just like Bubba as it’s the shoe he crossed MJ over in, in Philly. I waited in line for this shoe HOURS before the mall opened in the rain to be the first one at school to have them. I even got the “retro” Questions when they came back out in early 2000. You being a man that understands the hunt or a good shoe (your recent search for the Penny’s)knows what it’s like to go back and remember when they FIRST CAME OUT. I’ve grown with Bubba Chuck and he is one of the few players in the L I pay my money for everytime he comes to town. This shoe would complete my collection and would also look great in my gameroom & give me something to put in the face of my HATER AI friends. No, this isn’t about PRACTICE but it’s about the love of one of the Top 10 dead or alive best bball shoes in the world. AND that Ben is why I should have this shoe. This is also a very comfortable shoes & the color way on it is sick. I have a good understanding for this shoe as I understand what it means. He being the Answer & the shoe being the Question was great marketing. Not to include that he was & is the face of Rbk. I mean who was the first to have a rapper on a shoe commerical? Jada killed it to by the way but he also had a pair of these I bet ya. The shoe speaks for it’s self and THAT’S why I think I should have them.

  • Peat

    Mr. Iverson

    How did you do that ???
    I mean, you’re way too small and on top of that you don’t practice…

    You’re not supposed to be able to do the things you’ve done… that’s it…

  • Diogo

    Me. Brazil. Plain. New York. Philadelphia. Subway. Stadium. Cold. Waiting on line. Cold. Court vision. Miracle. McGrady. Good. Ray Allen. Good. Allen Iverson. Dream. 18000 points. Historic. Two losses. No matter. Plain. Brazil. Mission. Acomplished.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Ok, ya’ll KNOW i’m dropping my two cents into this. Back shortly.

  • The g funk

    Straight ballin…thats AI, the answer, the dude that y’know when i think of, is pretty much a god. My mum seems to dissaprove of me having a black guy with rows and tatoos spread across my wall, people are surprised when i say who do i like in the nba and i reply allen iverson. I play as him on nba live 97, i picked up a secondhand sixers jersey the other day, and on eastbay i just had to get those all black answer 3′s. Living in a little village in the north east of england its funny becuase watching and reading everything allen iverson related is so distant. I dont know one black person, i’m not hip hop and at my local youth club basketball games we where our shorts high. I think it’s the life style and man that catches me. I may as well go personal here, i dont have a father figure never have, i think i am alightly obsessive because i love to know about allen’s life and what hes getting upto. I could say its all nba stars but it isnt, i dont even bother with the others iverson just creates the feeling in me watching those playoff game highlights against the lakers which nothing else in life at the minute gives me. I get goospimples, the hairs on me stand up. Music and people do influence you, i dont know where my identity would be if i hadnt started spinning 2pac a few months ago. I’m playing national leauge in the uk at the moment and the man that is allen iverson helps me to keep the thought that hey! maybe basketball will carry on as part of my life at university, clubs, park games. I try not to judge people i know hes been called a thug and whats wrong with the nba at times but allen iverson gives me insight into a another culture and streetlife, coming from heard backgrounds that i wont get when i basically live in a old peoples village. I very much warm to his wanting to be his own man and prowess and domination of the court, i wish i had a figure like that. This shoe would be teasured very much and remind me alot more of allen iverson.

  • Patrick

    I don’t guess i deserve ‘em but they’d be dope in the collection. holla holla holla let me holla at ya holla holla holla.

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  • Ian J.

    Wow i dont even kno wat id do if I won this. I would probly put it up in my room on a mantle or something. Id put it right under my AI poster. It would be amazing. He is my favorite player in the league and it would be amazing to win this. Thanks!

  • rob stewart

    I’m 29 years old and I have stuck with Iverson ever since I was in middle school rocking my Georgetown practice jersey. I have had braids ever since 2000 in honor of A.I. I often bring picures of Iverson to show my braider what design I want her to do. I noticed that my main man Allen Iverson cut his braids, and I thought we would be rocking the cornrows for ever. If I were to win these shoes I would follow Iverson’s lead and cut my braids as well. (I’ll even send before and after pictures). Please send me the shoe and I’ll join Iverson’s and Obama’s campaign of “Change”.

  • http://yahoo Daanswer

    In 1995, I listened to people talk about the skinny kid from VA who was dunking on all the college centers and being a UMass fan, I watched Georgetown vs Camby and Lou Roe…I watched Camby talk about not getting dunked on, and late in the second half, I watched a dude that looked like me, was my size and weight, wearing Jordans no less, CRAM one on Marcus. Allen Iverson has been my favorite ever since. Ive watched his drama unfold and now my sons, age 15, 16 and 17, in the World of the Tony Parkers, CP3′s and Derrick Roses, emulate Iverson the way I emulated Jordan in my youth. He’s BASKETBALL in my house. We deserve the shoes.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Let me preface this by saying I’ve been a Detroit Pistons fan since practically coming out of the womb. Growing up in Michigan, it is almost a right of passage to become a fan of all teams from Detroit. There may not be too many bigger Pistons fans around then myself. Right around ’88, my parents relocated to Delaware and I was introduced to all things Philly since I lived in the Tri-State area. Of course, the Bad Boys went on to win two straight ‘Chips after I moved and everyone knew me as ‘that Pistons fan’ in school. Fast forward to ’93 and the University of Michigan was on their Fab Five high and I was very much into watching and following college teams at this point and paying mind to recruiting news of high school players. I had a cousin who lived down in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia who schooled me on this ‘blur’ of a player who played for Bethel High School in Hampton, VA., by the name of Allen Iverson. Of course, he was known more for his exploits on the gridiron then the hardwood, but I still stored the name into memory. Not long after, Slam Magazine was launched and immediately got my endorsement. Of course January of ’96, I see the face of Allen staring back at me in his G’Town uni after receiving the lastest issue in the mail. The ‘Answer’ soon after gets drafted by the Sixers in the draft and by now it’s on! I followed the Sixers, but only because they were the local team. Allen made me instantly stand up and take notice. I was in college at the time in Philly and one of my favorite things to do was go to Sixers games at the old Wachovia Center and sit in the nose bleed seats and marvel at this barely 6 foot, 160 pounds soaking wet dynamo. Only when the Pistons were in town did I root against him. My friends used to ask me why I rooted for a guy who had a thug image, shunned practice, was a former felon, had cornrows, dressed hip-hop, etc. I explained that you had to see the heart and hustle he poured onto the floor during every game to understand. I was in the stands for Iverson’s first playoffs against the Magic, and when he got eliminated in the second round for the second year in a row against Reggie and the Pacers. I was there when he was traded to Detroit with Matt Geiger, before Geiger rescinded the trade by refusing to forfeit his trade kicker. I was there in the stands for two of the three playoff series when he led the Sixers to the 2001 Finals. I wildly rooted for AI in a Philly bar in game 1 when he scored 48 and stepped over Tyrone Lue. I got a hookup and was in the house for game 3 and tried valiantly to will the Sixers to victory with the rest of the nose bleed regulars. I cried when he won the MVP and Larry Brown said Iverson was ‘like his son’. I continued to follow the Sixers and attend games even while him and GM Billy King were going thru their falling out. Even while with Denver and with the Pistons becoming an elite Eastern Conference team, Iverson has always been my favorite player. When Iverson got traded to Detroit at the beginning of the season, it was bitter sweet. I was happy my favorite player was finally on my favorite team, but sad to see Chauncey go. I immediately ordered a Pistons Iverson jersey and I still insanely root for him and Detroit, even thru their struggles this season. I’m always the first one to defend my team and my favorite player and I know no one can match the intense love I have for both. I am still holding out hope that they turn their season around because I want Iverson to finally get that ring I feel he deserves.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Sorry for it being so long…

  • Diego Campoverde

    I think i deserve these shoes because AI is he reason that I started playing basketball. I was five years old the first time I saw him play and ever since then I have tried to watch every game that he played, and I have imitated his game as much as possible. I also think I deserve these shoes because I have collect all of the Allen Iverson series by reebok and this would be the greatest addition to my collection. I have the Questions and the Answer I-XII and this would be perfect for me.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Adam, I’m afraid you’re not eligible.

  • Johnson Chau

    AI is love at first sight. You know he has the swagger, and that Question is simply the icon that represents AI’s swagger. I’m out, peace.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    To me AI represents an indomitable will. He entertains and inspires so many of us simply by doing what he loves to do. I remember seeing him at Georgetwon and being immediately blown away by his talent and style. His eyes still have that same percing focus that reveals how much he wants to prove every doubter wrong and best every challenge.
    AI has caught a bad rap from sportswriters over the years, but from a fan’s perspective he’s easy to love. His rise so improbable, so undeniable, that we are forced to accept this one individual’s ability to rise above the conventions of what an NBA player should look or act like and allow him to just “do him”. AI inspires us by being himself, and showing us that we too are powerful and capable of greatness no matter what others might say.

  • donlaker

    the hardest working man ,in the nba. the true will to score on anybody. the guts to cross up the greatest player. the determination to be tru to himself. the truth about pratice.nuff said
    ive had a.i. in my shoe collection from the jump
    and i cant wait to pass on some unworn iverson kiks to my kid. so he can choose them like a fine wine. and know the question and the answer.

  • donlaker

    thanks for the slam with iverson shoeology it was excellente.. did i say practice……

  • http://www.myspace.com/mcnarrative Kieran

    Living in Scotland tests your committment to basketball, you get one game a week and its on at 2am and thats it. No highlights, no news reports, no live games, no articles in the paper. The player that kept me coming back is Al. None of my friends have any clue about basketball but they all know who Allen Iverson is. I still hope to see him play live one day, but with my first due in april that dream seems further away than ever. The shoe would definately make up for that.

  • http://www.eric32woodyard.wordpress.com Eric Woodyard

    Allen Iverson changed my life! I remember watching him vividly with my father in the 1997 Rookie game when he took home the MVP. Although he wore these shoes in a different color in that game, my love affair for the Questions formed on that day. No disrespect to MJ, but the Questions are the greatest shoes of all time! They represent toughness, style, and creativity…the essence of Allen Iverson, especially during his rookie season. I deserve this shoe because I realize the value of preserving a classic and I will cherish this piece of history, which represents AI’s first SLAM cover as a Detroit Piston. Although he has not lived up to the expectations of the fans in Motown thus far, I am still honored to say that I have had the opportunity to cover his every move and this memorabilia will cap off this experience.

  • The Seed

    To be honest I am a Kobe Bryant fan first and a Allen Iverson next. I feel that Iverson has been under appreicated his whole time in the NBA. You say why, he led some scrubs to the finals and beat the Lakers who were undefeated until AI took over. I believe he is a hall of famer and I have always compared Iverson to Isaish Thomas the player, not GM. They both have the fight and grit to show that I don’t care who you are, I am going to show up. Iverson going at MJ was great, because some players were scared to show him up. Iverson will go down as one of the great players of this era. Hopefully Iverson playing for three different teams and maybe fourth after this year, will not tarnish his legacy, because to be honest, Great players shouldn’t be traded like Iverson. I wished AI would have stayed in Philly, until the GM could find some more answers for the team. AI plays with abandoment of body and his heart is unparrellel to winning to his fault, because of the shots he takes. BUT, people forget Iverson believes the bad shots he takes to you are great shots for a player of his caliber. Iverson needs a title, and probably will not get one, unless he takes less money to get a title like GP and Mourning, but Iverson is to good for that. AI has played great his whole career and is real about what he thinks. The heaven and hell conversation was classic to me. Who really talks about that, and some people can’t handle looking themself in the mirror on the choices they have made and the outcome of their life. To get back on point AI I feel for his size is a great scorer, imagine him being 6’6 with that mindset. AI has always been to me an AND 1 player playing in the NBA, which is why I gravitated to him, with his quickness with the ball, palm the ball crossover, dribbling ability to get around defenders and shot manuvering in the air to get any shot off. AI is basketball and should to me get more fan fare from the NBA offices, to be promoted up in the latter basketball years of his life, but I feel his time will come again, depending on what team he goes to after the pistons.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mcnarrative Clare

    Most people writing want this shoe for themselves. To lock up in their room for personal satisfaction. If I won it I wouldnt even keep it. Crazy perhaps but it is for an even greater love of basketball. If I won I would auction the shoe to help fund a summer tournament here in the Uk to get kids involved in the game and hopefully to do up the one court they have. This shoe can be more that a single fans memoribillia.

  • The Seed

    Very noble of you Clare.

  • Cizzo

    Quit begging what yall want these shoesv for so yall play selfishly and down grade “practice”…

  • kingofsota

    To me, AI represents more than just a phenomenal player. He is an inspiration to all those people out there that even a guy sub-6′ tall can make an impact in sports. Yet, AI is seen by some as a lazy athlete, he doesn’t go to practice, and he mouths off to coaches. All those things have been true in the past, but if you have looked closely, you can see how much he has matured. After the trade to Denver, he changed his game to fit in to George Karl’s offense with Melo. Then he got traded to Detroit. His presence, for better or worse, has changed the whole attitude of the Pistons locker room. They didn’t get younger or older, they grew more savvy. His being traded to Detroit may have ruined the season and the starting lineup (sorry Rip) but overall i believe it was important to show not only his fellow Pistons, but also the people in the city of Detroit, where hard work will get you to. Yes, he is a phenomenal athlete, and yes, he has had scuffles with the media and coaches. But it’s not about the mistakes he’s made, it’s how he’s learned from them. And if you ask me, it looks like its turned out pretty well. So although I probably don’t deserve this shoe, this goes out to AI. Keep doing your thing sir. The Hall is waiting.

  • Big L

    I remember the specific game when I became a 100% AI fan. I didn’t real like him his first few years because I don’t think I really understood him. But his ’01 season was just bananas. It was Game 6 of the semis against the Bucks and the Sixers were losing by like 40 pts. The game was over. Brown puts in Iverson to start the 4th and he just took over. Steals, assists, driving to the lane, jumpers; I mean damn. You could hear him after a made basket saying “Lets go black” since they were wearing their black unis and he had his whole believing they could still win. They still lost, but I believe they lost by single digits. The Sixers got their confidence back and it was one of the few games I can remember where a team got the momentum back after a loss. I have 4 pairs of the Question and its one of my favorites. Its unfortunate that Detroit or Denver couldn’t find a way to best utilize him. Definitely one of the most unique and special players of all time.

  • http://andrewamcneill.wordpress.com andrew mcneill

    I wish I had a great reason as to why I deserve these shoes more than everybody else, but I don’t. I’m just a die-hard basketball fan who has watched AI through the years and would love to have a signed sneaker of his.

  • Kihwan

    So many things could be said about Iverson for his on-the-court accomplishments. However, what sticks out the most to me about Iverson is the bowling alley brawl he was allegedly involved in. He was only 17 and was convicted as an adult for a crime he didn’t commit. He served 4 months at a correctional facility before he was granted clemency and eventually his conviction was overturned for insufficient evidence. At 17, he was a budding superstar H.S. athlete and had his freedom taken away for something he didn’t do. So much controversy, so much negativity towards AI, all at the age of 17. Yet he didn’t let this shake him as a young man and continued to pursue his dream of basketball. He didn’t let the naysayers keep him down and he kept positive even in such a difficult situation. Now today, he is an icon, arguably one of the best lb for lb players EVER and a surefire HOFer. This is why I am a fan of AI.

    Also, when AIs original shoe came out, I searched everywhere trying to get a pair. I finally found a pair of size 8s at a sporting goods store. Problem was, I wear size 9 1/2 shoes. Didn’t matter, bought them anyways and wore them until they fell apart.

  • christoff

    “Deserving” an auto’d shoe is tough to make a case for. Wanting like no other piece of memorabilia (except one)… I can make a brief case for that.

    I’m 30 years old but still rock my well-worn Answer IV’s (favorite shoe of all time; even more than Jordan XII low’s) on weekends. I’ve got exactly two framed items hung on my wall in my rented apartment: an auto’d rookie pic of AI and the AI “Notorious MVP” ESPN Mag cover. I’ve got 3 or 4 AI jerseys but none auto’d or framed. My favorite single game of all time is the first game of the 2001 Finals when AI and the 6ers were the only team to beat the Lakers even once in the entire playoffs that year. The “stepover fake-AI-stopper Lue” after burying the corner shot game. I can never watch that clip enough. Anyways; it’s safe to say I’m a long time fan.

    Now, I’ve been toiling away in a dreaded cubicle, being choked by a too-tight-necktie and forced to wear a suit 5 days a week for 7 long years. Finally, I’m headed to an office; lucky enough to leave cubicle life behind. So my quest to find AI stuff to put in my office begins now. Sure, my company is uptight and it will break all sorts of “informal” rules but let’s see them try to drag me out once I’m in there. First up: I’m on a quest for a signed AI jersey from the 2000-01 76ers team in the alternate blue that I can frame and put on the office wall. I’m going to argue it’s good morale in these tough economic times. But second? What would be more perfect than the above Question – sealed in a clear display case and centered on the most prominent shelf in that office for every passing manager to sneer at and for every person under 30 to stop and stare at.

    I know some of the heads in here will have some actual deserving stories but I would’ve kicked myself if I didn’t at least try.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I don’t deserve this shoe. Nobody does. But I am here to tell you why I love Iverson as an entry. Allen Iverson was the first NBA player to bring the street culture to the league, wearing freezers full of ice to the press conferences and sporting numerous tattoos that seemingly covered his diminutive frame. League execs didn’t like the atmosphere that Iverson brought to the game–but his play overshadowed the frowned-upon newfound culture, able to slice through the lane like a hot knife through butter. Sporting one of the prettiest jumpshots ever to see an NBA court, getting knocked over seemed to be part of his follow through–and sinking the free throws were commonplace. He played with a certain passion and heart that is absent among so many of the superstars today, and he wasn’t lazy about it, often nursing a handful of injuries and looking doubtful for a game–only to drop 40 seemingly at ease. He can drop dimes all night to handle the opponent, or he can dunk, dive, drive or shoot his way for the win. Hard-nosed play earned him a reputation as one of the toughest players in the league, listed at a generous 6 feet. He could cross up the league’s best defenders nightly quicker than you can say “ankle-breaker”, and he made it look easy. The words “thug” and “criminal” were often used to describe Iverson, but the people who labeled him as such were misunderstanding him, just seeing the tats, the ‘rows and the diamonds. He never gave a thought to the doubters, he just went out there and played as hard as he could–the only player that I would pay thrice the regular admission to watch just once. While I haven’t accomplished that yet, Iverson has left us amazed, dazzled and surprised many a night–and he’s not even done yet. I don’t deserve this shoe. But there’s my argument.

  • adbphilly

    Ben. I deserve this shoe because Allen has been such a big part in my life. Im only 15 years old and since the time I opened my eyes and understood the game of basketball, all I could focus my eyes on was that one guy on the court with the cornrows. Yeah, he was the guy that really got me. I never like sports. But when I was about 6 or 7, my dad was watching a 76ers game, and I was in awe about that number 3 on the court. I could have cared less about the other guys on the court. My eyes were glued to Allen. The way he moved, the way he scored, I was just speechless. I have been a tremendous Allen fan ever since. Kids in my school would be rooting for Kobe and LeBron and I was the one that knew everything on Allen. They would always razz me because I followed a guy who got in trouble with the law and had a bad boy image. Obviously they didnt know what he had been through and the obstacles he faced off the court. He has been such an inspiration I can’t even express it in words. When he took the Sixers to the Finals, I was in..1st grade..I watched every single game. When the Finals moved to L.A., everybody would be asleep in the house except me. I got shivers everytime Allen touched the basketball. And when he took it baseline, crossed it over and took the J, and then stepped over Tyron Lue, let me tell you I was just awed at Allen. When Allen won the All-Star MVP and the League MVP in 2000-2001, I was the happiest kid on earth. I made sure to watch every single Sixers game that was televised. When Billy King traded Allen in ’07, it felt like I had just lost my best friend. I went to a game one time in Philly, and all I wanted to do was meet Allen. If I could have just yelled out to him I would have been happy. Now that he has moved on to Denver and Detroit, I still am a die hard Allen fan. No matter what. I dont care what people say about him, Allen is my ultimate all time favorite player and he is my hero. I have every single SLAM magazine with Allen on it, from Georgetown to Detroit. Mr. Osbourne I could write a whole book about how much Allen means to me. Words cant even describe how much of an influence he is to me. It would mean so much to me if I was able to have this shoe. I wouldnt even care if you were giving away a piece of paper from Allen. “Bubbachuck” is and always will be a hero in Philly and a hero in my life. Only the Strong Survive.

  • jufu

    okay. i’ve always loved AI and i’ve been a huge fan of his. as i lived in new joyzee a lot, AI had always been close by. He was a bunch of firsts for me. First player i saw. First jersey i had. Stuff like that. i did whatever i could to go to his games, in philly, or in nj when he was playing my netz. watchin’ him and j-kidd go at it always gave me thrills. He was also an inspiration to me. i love playing ball, but i’m a small dude (5″3). i always have nba dreams, but when i take a pounding one day, i’ll just think of AI and him being shorter than average and still managing to lead the league in points. he attacks too. i love that kind of play. it’d be great if i had a sneaker signed by one of my heroes…

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Allen Iverson is my favorite player. I fell in love with him when I saw him cry after a playoff loss (I think it was against the Charlotte Hornets). At that time, he was perceived as a gangsta, as the poster boy for “what’s wrong with the NBA”. The pampered player who whined about practice. But gangstas don’t cry. And they were always talking about what was wrong with him. How little he was…

    And then came 2001. The Sixers started the season 10-0. I got excited for him. I really wanted him to win. By the time the playoffs rolled around, every individual award had been won by a Sixer, including MVP, but the Lakers just looked too scary. But before thinking about the Lakers I witnessed him box with Vince. It was beautiful. At the time it didn’t seem like one of those moments you’ll always remember. Instead it seemed to me like the future; I thought I’d get to see AI and Vince battle in the postseason a thousand times, and the thought filled me with giddiness. And then, in that Game 7 against the Bucks, the gangsta, the Selfish One, dropped 16 dimes. I had no business being that happy for some professional athlete, but I was.

    Now give me my shoe.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Oh, and I’ve always had two sporting dreams: One was to attend Barcelona v Real Madrid at Camp Nou. I did that in 2007. The other dream is to see Iverson play before he retires. Still haven’t checked that one off my list. Still haven’t taken in ANY NBA game.

  • Ali

    I think I should get this shoe because while I was a die-hard Laker fan, I was rooting for Iverson as a player during the 01 Finals. Allen Iverson is my favorite player among active one’s because he never gives up. That’s what I admire about him. One of my favorite basketball clips ever was when AI crossed up that one guy from the Wizards (can’t remember if it was Antonio Daniels or someone else). This is why I think I should the Answer’s signed kicks (whick look SICK by the way!).

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Yeah, it was Antonio Daniels. That was funny.

  • http://www.gmail.com serevei

    Id should get these sneakers coz we are both deadly as bro

  • Rocky

    I’d love to get this shoe cause it would look good sitting between my size 16 clogs from amsterdam. I also am now 30 have played bball for 20 years and my knees are shot, but i recently came back from a 2 year break and am shooting like AI once again, well not really but a man can dream can’t he, later from the big slow aussie who can’t jump anymore

  • Vinny Sanchez

    I believe i deserve this Allen Iverson shoe! When i was about 8 years old i was shown this great player (allen iverson) on TV! Ever since that 1 day i was shown i considered him my idol and da greatest basketball player.Since that day i went out and bought shoes after shoes and shirts after shirts and all his apparel that they sold of him and which sadly they dont sell anymore! Every item i see of him i have to buy!!! My walls in my room are fully covered with posters and portaits and magzine piks of him! I have many of his rare shoes from da Question 1s that i have double da pair of and much more that i have not worn because i don’t think it is worth for them to touch da grown!Everything i have is pretty much of him and to have these once in a lifetime collectors shoe, this would make me da happiest person because i have been trying so much to get something signed of him! I am now 17 years old and still collecting and admiring the best basketball player in da world Allen Iverson!

  • barcele knox

    Raised loving the Pistons and have been an AI fan since the crossover on MJ. I just got laid off and that coveted shoe may just help me through a tough time. Good lookin’ out, Deeetroit Baaasketball!

  • BostonBaller

    As you said AI is a SLAM guy and so am I. I have EVERY SLAM from the Premier ish thru this latest Kobe on Kobe ish. I even have the multiple covers (Monet’s 3 cover ish was tight. got ‘em) I’ve even been in SLAM Trash Talk 2x and going for 3 soon. The latest being in Green Day (pg 17 I believe) a pic of me in my Celtics Green do my Championship premonition dance! lol. Check me out, I’m a SLAM guy who has been down with SLAM when before AI started the braids craze!

    T. Crook

  • Brandon

    Best Comment out of all of these..

    “i don’t deserve this shoe. but AI deserves a title. keep it up SLAM!”

    There is not one person who could write in, wanting or deserving this signed shoe more than Allen Iverson wants and deserves to win an NBA championship.

  • Candice

    I don’t deserve this shoe either but I would love to have it. I grew up a Bull’s fan and after the Bull’s disbanded in ’98, I stopped following the NBA. I knew of certain players like AI and Kobe but never really paid attention to them. One night in 2001 I couldn’t sleep and decided to watch the playoff’s in 2001. I saw AI and was memeriszed from that day foward .I said to myself, “who is that playing,he’s so small”. I saw him repeatly get knocked down and jump right up like nothing had hapen to him. After that I started watching the NBA more and following him. AS a Bull’s fan I felt he never showed up MJ and found it commendable that he didnt play in awe of MJ and decided to go back at him. My mother(R.I.P) and my aunt couldn’t stand AI. Fourtanely I was able to convert my mother into a AI fan before she died this year to Pancreatic Cancer. She really liked him and saw him for what he was, a momma’s boy. Everytime we went to the United Center to see a game, I wore my AI jersey and she woulld wear one of my Bull’s jersey. She alway’s help me get to games to see him live because she knew what it meant to me. I remember I called home to check on something plus I was having a bad day and she knew it. She told me “your man came in the mail today”.I was thinking to myself wtf? It was the vibe cover he did. My aunt who’s a big MJ fan, still hasn’t seen the light. She hold’s a grudge over AI as if she knew him and I defend to everytime we get in a debate. I started late in my collection of AI covers and I have every cover courtesey of E-Bay, except for the one in in his Hoya jersey. My 8 year twin neices know two players when it comes to the NBA and that’s MJ and AI. As a Bull’s fan it was hard to swallow the trade to the Pistons, but because of AI, I want them to succeed. I hope he does get that ring one day because I would truly be happy for him . I remember after the ’01 finals I cried and when they showed a special of the Sixers ’01 season I cried when it got to that part.I just hate the fact that he never get’s talked about for the good things he does. Not one time does he go without mentioning his wife, kids, and mother. As a womanm I love the fact that he’s not ashamed to get kissed on his cheek in front of millions of people by his mother when receiving his MVP. Also that he’s not asahmed to show his love of his wife and kids. Also courtesey of E-Bay I have the ’97 rookie-soph game, the game he crossed MJ over, the 2 outbursts agaisnt Toronto in the playoff’s, game 1 of the 01 finals, etc…. I just really love watching him and know I will be sad the day he stops playing.

  • Candice

    @Tad or aynone else that can help me. I need to find a AI Pistons swingman Blue jersey in a boys XL or L. I can’t get white or red because it’s too close to the Bulls color. The NBA store currently only has small and meduim and I even tried going through the Pistons website. In Chicago I’m finding it diffult to locate too. Eastbay,Footlocker, etc. currently only has men jersey’s. While I can wear men jersey’s, they tend to be way too long for me. That’s why I meed a boy jersey cause they fit just right. Can anyone help me in my plight?

  • Joey B

    the reason i feel i deserve AI’s shoe is because my whole life playing ball i have been the little guy just like AI. Every time i step on the court i bring my all and get banged around but i stick through it. Watching AI al these years has helped me tremendously in that he is the player i try to pattern my game after he has showed that the little guys can not only reach the league but dominate and that heart and intensity will win you a spot on any roster. Lots of luck to AI for the rest of the seaseon…this guy deserves a ring

  • Candice

    Well I was abe to find a lg even though I rathered have an X’lg for a certain reason.

  • Michael

    I feel I deserve this shoe because AI is the reason I started to get heavy into the game as a teenager.Basketball is my life and without it I might be where i am today.I’ve never met Iverson but because of him I have passion that will last a lifetime (also that shoe would look so dope inside a case at my new crib!

  • Mr. Bizzil

    All these other guys can tell you how much they deserve this shoe, as well as i think that i should but one thing that i know is that having this would mean more to me than anyone of them could imagine.. I have never really had much but basketball in my life and know how hard that AI has worked to get to where he is helped me to get through college and i never thought that i would. so if i could recieve this piece of memorabilia it would mean more than the world but it would be something that i could inherit for my kids in the future.

  • John

    as a kid AI is my favorite player I practice to be like him. Everyone is giving up on him trading him and alot of people say he’s done he cant compete with young point guards like chris paul but i think he is the best guard in the NBA. I saw AI in philly when he came out with a pair of shoes I was next door eating a cheesesteak and he pulled up. He missed me completly but I was pretty close to him i wish i had meet him.

  • http://www.myspace.com/grizonthegrind Griz On The Grind

    I gave Allen Iverson two pairs of shoes when he was in TORONTO on Nov/05/2008. I was at the Pistons hotel after morning practice trying to get an autograph from AI on my Reebok Answer VII Mid Shoe(Wht/Royal/Red).
    I saw him getting off the team bus and asked him to sign my shoe, but he just was looking at the shoe and said he had to go. His friend after asked me where I got this shoe because they wanted to go to the store to buy a pair for AI to wear for his first game with the pistons. I told him you cant get these shoes at the store because i bought these shoes years ago. Then I told him that they where AI’s size 10.5 and he asked me if AI could wear them in the game that night against the Raptors. I Said yes but i only had the one shoe with me, so I had to go home to get the matching shoe. I went home and got four different pairs of reebok AI shoes all his size 10.5, for him to choose a pair to wear for the game that night. He liked two pairs of shoes one was Reebok Answer VII MidShoe (Wht/Royal/Red) and the other ones where Reebok ATR The Pump (Wht/Royal). Both of these shoes where Pistons Colors.
    They gave me a ticket to the game and told me AI was going to wear one pair for the game and then give them back to me and sign them after the game. But Billups did not show up in Denver to pass his pysical on time and because of this AI was not allowed to play against the raptors that night on Nov/05/2008. I did not get to see him after the game.
    I watched and followed his next games on tv trying to see what type of shoes he was wearing.
    He was wearing Reebok Answer VII MidShoe (Wht/Royal/Red) the shoes i gave him. He wore them for a couple of games then trew them into the crowd in Sacramento after that game against the kings.
    I feel good knowing I gave AI some shoes to wear for his first couple of games as a piston. Who else can say they gave their favorite NBA Player shoes to wear on court, I Can.
    I had four pairs of Reebok Iverson Shoes, but now i have only two pairs in my collection after giving AI the other two pairs.
    I miss those shoes and wish i still had them.
    Thats why I deserve this shoe!!!

  • aran

    because he’s always been my icon.

    I ain’t even cut my cornrows yet.

  • DeVAndrei

    im in barbados, we could never win anything in the states regarding basketball. honestly i’d like to have them. i always wanted to go to the allstar game, win jerseys, meet a player, just go to a regular game. but all the contests are all in america. so if this is easier, id like to have them, if not, thanks for the oppurtunity anyway.

  • donovan

    its obvious i should get the shoe bc i model my game after AI im 17 a jr in highschool at ld bell..and i watch all of his highlights and i studying every crossover he has done before..he is the greatest and even thoe imma miss the iconic braids im pretty sure getting this shoe will make up for it!!!

  • Sam

    I deserve to win thoughs because I am a big fan of his. He is one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game and when other people bash him because they see his game as a ball hog that never passes i see it as he is being looked upon by his team to get them out of a tough offensive night or make the big time shots whenever they need it. I dont understand he has played this same way his whole career and when people say he needs to change the way he plays it makes me laugh because you wouldnt tell MJ to stop putting up 30 shots a game when that is what he did his whole career. I believe im one of the select few who truely understand AI’s game and his greatness.

  • Dave Kamin

    OK, no way you’ll read everthing, so just givem to me- I deserve them.

  • Pardeep

    why wont my comment post?????????????

  • Angelo Lee

    While everyone has a legitimate reason for being the # 1 AI fan and ultimately deserving of the prized possession at hand, i would like to think that my story has a uniqueness that not only affects me put also affects AI on a personable level.

    Let me begin with the origins of AI runnin’ things in G’Town. I was amazed at his quickness and heart, something that never has wavered until this day. Then When he was drafted in the legendary ’96 draft by the Sixers, I knew that I would be calling Philly my unofficial home city! It was my grade 11 year and I was on the senior team, we had a tourney that began on a Friday. The following day was the release of his 1st signature shoe, The Question with the Blue pearl toe! The local Champs store opened at 9:30 AM with a tipoff for 10:30AM for our next game in the tourney. I went to the mall and waited for the store to open so i could buy the kicks and jet over to my game so I could rock em right away. Needless to say, my coach wasn’t to pleased but I didn’t care cuz I had The question’s gleaming like a jewel on my feet!

    Then came my senior year. Tryouts were held and I tweaked my knee. Thought it was a sprain and didn’t pay too much attention to it. But the pain became too unbearable the days following the injury that the simple action of walking became difficult. My pop convinced me to see the doc to get it checked out. To make a long story short. It turned out that they found a tumor located just below my right knee on the bone. That tumor would later be diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma. A type of cancer that resides in the bone. Chemo was started immediately and surgeries followed. One of which was a procedure never before attempted in which I was not only able to retain my leg, but it would also allow me to play ball again or any other sport for that matter. Shout out to my doc, Dr. Kenneth Brown who performed the ground breaking surgery.

    I was granted a wish by the Make a Wish Foundation. My wish was to meet Allen Iverson. This was his 2nd year in the league, before all the tats, he just started the cornrows and was blazin the league with his quickness and flair that would pave the way for other athlete’s. AI showed others that you could express who you want to be without having to mold to what society or the league imposes on them. I was told that I was the first person to ever request to meet AI in this situation. So this is where that uniqueness comes into play cuz not only was I able to meet my idol, but it would also mark the first time in his career that someone wanted to meet him under these circumstances. I chose to meet him at an away game, and considering The Garden is the mecca of basketball, I chose a game between the Sixers and the Knicks! It was like having 2 wishes in one because I have never been to New York before.
    March 17, 1998 about a couple hours before tipoff the moment had arrived. I was in the tunnel entrance to the court then AI appeared. He gave me some dap and hug, and we just talked a bit. We were both awkwardly shy and at moments I didn’t even think I was there cuz I was in shock that I was actually with him! I mean, the previous year I was battling cancer and now I had beaten it and was standing Next to Allen Iverson in Madison Square Garden! I sat on the bench and watched AI warm up on the court. Who was on the opposite basket warming up for the knicks? It was Grand mamma himself, LJ!! It Doesn’t get any better than that. Afterwards, AI told me to keep my head up and the last thing he said to me was that he was gonna sign and give me his game worn Answer 1′s after the game! That pair now resides in a locked glass case in my house! (BTW this shoe would look nicely beside that pair of 1′s I have in the case!) Since my epic encounter with AI, I have gotten a tat of his I 3 logo on my left leg, I have never missed anyone of his signature shoes that were released, and I have all his jerseys. I go to war with AI and I’ve been a participant in many heated debates with others who question his character or those foolish enough to discredit his game or relevance in the basketball realm.

    I am proud to say that I have now been cancer free for 11 years and I feel better than ever. What better way to cap this experience than with a limited edition Reebok Question signed be the man himself… The one we call Allen Iverson.

  • Pardeep

    why wont it post

  • Mike Schumann

    TRIBUTE TO MY MOTHER:

    Allen Iverson made his mark in the NBA all thanks to his mother. Starting with arranging Allen’s first basketball coach to pick him up for practice, Allen would cry and beg his mother not to go, but she made him. Told him it was for his own good. Little did he know, she KNEW what she was talking about. Ms. Iverson continued to pave the way for young Allen as she talked to former Georgetown coach John Thompson, begging and pleading to give her son a shot after being wrongfully accused for a bowling alley brawl. Coach Thompson did, and the rest you might say is history. A misunderstood young role model truly shaped my life. I could talk about how his game has influenced me on the court but i don’t think that would quite do it. As a state 3 point shooter in highschool I learned what it was like to be “the man” for my team. However, my mother taught me how to be A MAN for my team. (my family) She gave me the confidence and determination to keep fighting not only in basketball but in the game of life. Now, 4 years removed from highschool, i still am not sure if i classify myself as a man, but i strive to make that committment for both my mother and i everyday. I used to tell my mother i would make it to the NBA and buy her a house. Well the NBA won’t be happening, but that doesnt mean i still can’t buy her that house. (one day….) So in the mean time… as a downpayment, or collateral for the house to be, a signed allen iverson shoe, to represent my true appreciation for my mother. I wouldn’t even keep the shoe, i would present it to her and tell her this shoe represents the life lessons you have taught me through my first 22 years on earth. Tell her that I love her, and thanks for sticking up for me throughout my failures and my accomplishments. Tell her thanks for believing in the Allen Iverson in me!

  • Pardeep

    I think it is too long so im gonna have to split it in three different comments.

  • Pardeep

    Why Do I deserve this shoe? That’s simple I AM THE BIGGEST ALLEN IVERSON FAN in THE WORLD. This is a fact. Why am I so confident. Ill tell you why. I have love for the man. Whats love? Well love isn’t owning every single Allen Iverson jersey in road and home colors and love isn’t owning 12/13 AI sneakers, Love isn’t Copying his crossover and doing his moves in my backyard. And no love is not putting up posters of only AI in your room, and Love is not staying up late when your in grade 1 to watch a game. These my friend are just the basics for the biggest fan in the world like me. These are nothing to me these are things Ive done and these aren’t even close to the reasons why I deserve this, These are just the basics man these reasons are like having strong legs before you can dunk, there like having strong wrists before you can shoot a jumpshot, these are like having sick handles before you can break a guys ankles. I’ll tell you what’s love. Love is stealing your mom’s money in grade 7 sneaking out of the house so you can get those A.I. sneakers and the jeresey from the mall and telling her you won it off of SLAMonline.com after hiding it in your room for a week. Love is crying for weeks after the 2001 finals. Love is skipping highschool games to see this man play on TV knowing it is one of the rare times you see it on normal cable in Canada the whole season. Love is getting suspended from school because you tell your Canadian teacher to SUCK A D*CK when he says Steve Nash is better then A.I. Love is buying every Slam with A.I. on the cover twice each time so you can frame one and have the other one to read. Love is downloading to many A.I. videos on to your computer and most of which were containing viruses and slowing down the computer but keeping them, even when the Indian computer repair guy says IT IS ONLY SLOW BECAS JU HABB TOO MANY BLACK MAN BIDEO’s(in his Indian accent). Love is breaking up with your girlfriend because she is tired of you admiring A.I. more then her and instead watching A.I. drop 51 at the age of 32 on the Laker’s then going out on the date shes been talking about for weeks. CONTINUED NEXT COMMENT

  • Hibachi

    I want the shoe!

  • jon

    Why do I deserve this sneaker?
    I don’t! But my brother does, he has a heart defect (HCM-Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, basically his heart muscles are to thick). HCM is one of the largest killers of athletes if it goes undetected. He and I played basketball since we were little, I am now 19 and he is 22, and we were playing basketball at the park in our local area and he blacked out so I had to rush him to the hospital. Now he can’t play ball at all, he has to take medication for the rest of his life. Also we always grew up playing as our favorite players I was always Kobe and he was AI. We would even wear our jerseys when we played and everything. He had my grandma handmake AI’s Georgetown jersey for Christmas one year when he was about 17 and wore it all the time, until it was stained and torn, now it hangs on his wall in a wal-mart poster frame.
    He was just diagnosed in the last three weeks, and I don’t deserve this shoe but he does as a fan and as a basketball play who has been delt a bad hand. I would love to surprise him with this gift for his birthday (if I could hold a surprise that long) if I were to be blessed enough to have the opportunity to win this give away. I don’t want to win because of a sad story, but because he’s a die-hard basketball fan and Iverson supporter. He spent our child hood looking out and doing things for me, id love to start to even the score!
    Thanks.

  • Corey L

    I’ll be honest with the SLAM staff (because honesty is really the best policy). I’m most likely not the biggest AI fan that will try to win these shoes, but I was with him from the very beginning. How? Simple. This very pair of shoes was the first pair of basketball sneakers I ever bought. In red and white, I wore them in my third grade rec league. In fact, I liked them so much that I decided to buy them again in sixth grade in white and black. They are my favorite pair that I’ve ever donned without a question (no pun intended). Also, I’ve been a fan of Iverson for awhile now. Due to watching him play for the in-state team (when he played for Philly) for awhile, I was attracted to the sick crossover and passion for the game that he obviously loves. He’s undersized just like me, but always finds a way to score and make the taller opponent look foolish. So maybe I don’t own 50 Iverson jerseys and maybe I haven’t sat courtside at one of his games, but, as the autographed Georgetown picture of him in my house will attest to, I’m a fan and I’ve always appreciated his sneaks (most notably the ones with their picture at the top of this page).

  • Pardeep

    Slam i have a problem my comment wont post i posted like half of it and the rest wont post?

  • Andrew Bauman

    I’m 17 and didn’t really get interested in basketball until 4 years ago, after me and my family moved back to the United States. Once we moved back to Michigan I discovered how cool basketball was, got hooked on it, and I’ve been a huge basketball and NBA fan ever since. My dad is a real basketball nut, though I like to pride myself that in my mind I have surpassed him in that area, but it wasn’t him that introduced me to Allen Iverson, my cousin did. Whenever we visited he would spout off about this great player called AI who really had no equal, and I was a bit skeptical. Since then I have learned that my cousin was right. AI is a warrior, and pound for pound he is easily the best. He is one of the few players in the league with the sort of willpower to will his team to a win and he never stops fighting, playing through injury after injury and going up against the behemoths of the league night in and night out. I always wanted AI on my team. You can only imagine how I felt when the Pistons got AI. We’ve had it a bit rough around here since the trade, but I’m not about to lose hope that we can get it together in time for the playoffs and make a run for the title again, with AI leading the way.

  • Pardeep

    Why Do I deserve this shoe? That’s simple I AM THE BIGGEST ALLEN IVERSON FAN in THE WORLD. This is a fact. Why am I so confident. Ill tell you why. I have love for the man. Whats love? Well love isn’t owning every single Allen Iverson jersey in road and home colors and love isn’t owning 12/13 AI sneakers, Love isn’t Copying his crossover and doing his moves in my backyard. And no love is not putting up posters of only AI in your room, and Love is not staying up late when your in grade 1 to watch a game. These my friend are just the basics for the biggest fan in the world like me. These are nothing to me these are things Ive done and these aren’t even close to the reasons why I deserve this, These are just the basics man these reasons are like having strong legs before you can dunk, there like having strong wrists before you can shoot a jumpshot, these are like having sick handles before you can break a guys ankles. I’ll tell you what’s love. Love is stealing your mom’s money in grade 7 sneaking out of the house so you can get those A.I. sneakers and the jeresey from the mall and telling her you won it off of SLAMonline.com after hiding it in your room for a week. Love is crying for weeks after the 2001 finals. Love is skipping highschool games to see this man play on TV knowing it is one of the rare times you see it on normal cable in Canada the whole season. Love is getting suspended from school because you tell your Canadian teacher to SUCK A D*CK when he says Steve Nash is better then A.I. Love is buying every Slam with A.I. on the cover twice each time so you can frame one and have the other one to read. Love is downloading to many A.I. videos on to your computer and most of which were containing viruses and slowing down the computer but keeping them, even when the Indian computer repair guy says IT IS ONLY SLOW BECAS JU HABB TOO MANY BLACK MAN BIDEO’s(in his Indian accent). Love is breaking up with your girlfriend because she is tired of you admiring A.I. more then her and instead watching A.I. drop 51 at the age of 32 on the Laker’s then going out on the date shes been talking about for weeks. Love is crying more then A.I. when he cries in the 03 playoffs against Indiana. Love is crying when he doesn’t make the playoffs, Love is voting with different e-mail adresses everyday for the ASG game 10 times for A.I. so I could have a major role in him starting in the ASG game in the one year where he might not make it. Countinued below.

  • Chris Alva

    There shoes like AI’s and you just say to yourselves “what a great player but why, why would you want your signature sneaker to be that!”

    By the way Your next SLAM cover should be Nate Robinson dunking over Dwight OHHHHH! Those are classic KRIPTONATE moments. And also moments that make me say well my team the knicks sucks but at least we have the a 5’9 NBA player that will just make you say “holy crap did he just do that” PEACE OUT!

  • Chris Alva

    DON’T YOU AGREE!??

  • Harry J

    This guy is the best player in the NBA. Well, from my thought he is. Allen Iverson is my hero. Everyone has a hero or at least one. When I play basketball I think that I’m Allen Iverson. I imagine myself shooting three pointers like Allen does. I think of Allen Iverson as my hero and teacher.
    Allen Iverson or otherwise known as A.I. is my hero. He is almost like me or I’m almost like him. For example, A.I. is short like me. Whenever I see him on the court he is the shortest man on the court. He uses his shortness to get around people and score. Another example is that he has quick moves. In a game A.I. moves quick so he can make a basket.
    When he uses his quick movements nobody can catch him so he has an open shot. Another example is that he shoots many outside shots. When Allen plays he is good at outside shots. Like me I shoot outside shots and make them like he does.
    He inspired me to be a good sport when I play. He made me think I can do anything when I play. When I play I think of him as my teacher. I learn many moves from him. When i watch him play I also learn from him. When I grow up I wish i could be as good as him. I want to be a basketball player and be as good as he is.
    Everyone has a hero or at least one. Allen Iverson is mine. Other people may think he sucks, but to me he is the best. He is my hero and teacher. He is my inspiration. My motivation. He encourages me to believe and do any thing I want. He may no be on Sprite commercials or on Gatorade commercials and may not be the best to other people but to me he is the best.
    I could continue this rant forever. I’ve idolized this man for the majority of my 17 years in this world, and could spend nearly as long just repeating the many, many happy and inspiring memories that he has given me.
    A.I. is, and always will be my greatest hero and inspiration, and that is the sole reason why I feel that I deserve this shoe as much as any loyal fan of the basketball phenomenon that is Allen Iverson.

  • Pardeep

    f*ck my thing wont post???????????????

  • http://slamonline jayferrick@yahoo.com

    because i dont live in detroit so i will never be able to cop a pair or a shoe in this case

  • mainland@yorku.ca

    I deserve this shoe because everytime i’ve faced struggle in life i’ve had an Iverson shoe to carry me through. When I had to pawn my kicks cuz cash was tight, the only ones i kept were the Questions Low Cut (Two tone blue). When I was down on the ball court Iverson IV’s (black/white), would carry me to the win. I even left my job at a sneaker shop and used the discontinued discount across the border to cop Iverson Questions (black/gold) for 20 bucks legit. Now in a time of financial crisis a pair of kicks is hard to come by, i deserve these beause it’s time for Iversons to pull me up!

  • Pardeep

    Why Do I deserve this shoe? That’s simple I AM THE BIGGEST ALLEN IVERSON FAN in THE WORLD. This is a fact. Why am I so confident. Ill tell you why. I have love for the man. Whats love? Well love isn’t owning every single Allen Iverson jersey in road and home colors and love isn’t owning 12/13 AI sneakers, Love isn’t Copying his crossover and doing his moves in my backyard. And no love is not putting up posters of only AI in your room, and Love is not staying up late when your in grade 1 to watch a game. These my friend are just the basics for the biggest fan in the world like me. These are nothing to me these are things Ive done and these aren’t even close to the reasons why I deserve this, These are just the basics man these reasons are like having strong legs before you can dunk, there like having strong wrists before you can shoot a jumpshot, these are like having sick handles before you can break a guys ankles. I’ll tell you what’s love. Love is stealing your mom’s money in grade 7 sneaking out of the house so you can get those A.I. sneakers and the jeresey from the mall and telling her you won it off of SLAMonline.com after hiding it in your room for a week. Love is crying for weeks after the 2001 finals. Love is skipping highschool games to see this man play on TV knowing it is one of the rare times you see it on normal cable in Canada the whole season. Love is getting suspended from school because you tell your Canadian teacher to SUCK A D*CK when he says Steve Nash is better then A.I. Love is buying every Slam with A.I. on the cover twice each time so you can frame one and have the other one to read. Love is downloading to many A.I. videos on to your computer and most of which were containing viruses and slowing down the computer but keeping them, even when the Indian computer repair guy says IT IS ONLY SLOW BECAS JU HABB TOO MANY BLACK MAN BIDEO’s(in his Indian accent). Love is breaking up with your girlfriend because she is tired of you admiring A.I. more then her and instead watching A.I. drop 51 at the age of 32 on the Laker’s then going out on the date shes been talking about for weeks. Love is crying more then A.I. when he cries in the 03 playoffs against Indiana. Love is crying when he doesn’t make the playoffs, Love is voting with different e-mail adresses everyday for the ASG game 10 times for A.I. so I could have a major role in him starting in the ASG game in the one year where he might not make it.

  • Pardeep

    IVE BEEN TRYING ALL DAY TO WRITE THE REST AND IT WONT POST. SOMETHINGS RONG AND IM getting screwed over here.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    By the way, I DO deserve the shoe. I’m not feeling this whole “I don’t deserve this shoe…” trend.

  • aran

    because I haven’t cut my cornrows yet… and I have the other shoe.

  • Bien Manuel Espiritu

    I deserve this shoe because im the only guy here in Singapore who knows who he is and how great he is… all they know here is Kobe, Lebron,Yao, and well Sun Yue. make things short I am the biggest Allen Iverson Fan here if not the Biggest Basketball Fan In the WHOLE COUNTRY OF SINGAPORE!

  • AW8

    Maybe because I should be the only one subscribed to SLAM in Hungary…

  • Daniel Pate

    AI has to be one of the best little guards to ever play the game….It’s interesting too how he and Melo finally chopped their braids not too long after being featured in your magazine.

  • http://www.youtube.com/mandiixoxo Amanda

    I deserve the Allen Iverson shoe because I believe in “the Answer”. I’m not religious, but find faith in other people. Iverson had that hunger in his eyes since his years in Philadelphia. The way he played with that fire torched the hardwood every night. He didn’t play to come second place, and didn’t let his game reflect that. His diligence is unparralel. That’s the kind of player that commands respect and authority. That’s the player you believe in. I’ve believed in him in 1996, and I continue to do so in 2009. He’s not as young as he used to be yet still goes out there and plays basketball with the same mentallity. He’s in it to win it, and I’m behind him. That’s why I deserve this peice of Allen Iverson memorlabilia.

  • Kam

    You see I don’t get why people are coming on here and saying they dont deserve it then giving a bunch of reasons why they do. But Im not like that Im here to write what it say to write in the criteria. Why Do I deserve this shoe? That’s simple I AM THE BIGGEST ALLEN IVERSON FAN in THE WORLD. This is a fact. Why am I so confident. Ill tell you why. I have love for the man. Whats love? Well love isn’t owning every single Allen Iverson jersey in road and home colors and love isn’t owning 12/13 AI sneakers, Love isn’t Copying his crossover and doing his moves in my backyard. And no love is not putting up posters of only AI in your room, and Love is not staying up late when your in grade 1 to watch the NBA finals games. These my friend are just the basics for the biggest fan in the world like me. These are nothing to me these are things Ive done and these aren’t even close to the reasons why I deserve this, These are just the basics man these reasons are like having strong legs before you can dunk, there like having strong wrists before you can shoot a jumpshot, these are like having sick handles before you can break a guys ankles. I’ll tell you what’s love. Love is stealing your mom’s money in grade 7 sneaking out of the house so you can get those A.I. sneakers and the jeresey from the mall and telling her you won it off of SLAMonline.com after hiding it in your room for a week. Love is crying for weeks after the 2001 finals. Love is skipping highschool games to see this man play on TV knowing it is one of the rare times you see it on normal cable in Canada the whole season. Love is getting suspended from school because you tell your Canadian teacher to SUCK A D*CK when he says Steve Nash is better then A.I. Love is buying every Slam with A.I. on the cover twice each time so you can frame one and have the other one to read. Love is breaking up with your girlfriend because she is tired of you admiring A.I. more then her and instead watching A.I. drop 51 at the age of 32 on the Laker’s then going out on the date shes been talking about for weeks. Love is crying more then A.I. when he cries in the 03 playoffs against Indiana. Love is crying when he doesn’t make the playoffs, Love is voting with different e-mail adresses everyday for the ASG game 10 times for A.I. so I could have a major role in him starting in the ASG game in the one year where he might not make it. (cont below)

  • Kam

    You see I feel that I understand A.I. to the fullest and I realize the things he goes through. All these so called “Iverson Fans” joke about his practice speech. I dont do that. Why? Because that is not what A.I. wants to be remembered for and I know that and hes said that in interviews. A guy whos scored over 23 000 points and won 4 scoring titles and done a list of other things does not want to be remembered for one damn speech and that’s what people think when they here Iverson. The people don’t realize that the practice speech was a mistake and A.I. is only the best little man ever because of practice, so why make such a big deal of it. My dream NBA moment is A.I. getting a ring. If he don’t get that itll haunt me just as much as it will haunt him(see Slam 125 last sentence of article) I want him to win it so bad that if god came down to his earth today and said I’ll give you two choices 1. You become the richest kid in the world or 2. Allen Iverson wins a championship. I would’nt hesistate to pick choice number 2. To this day people give up on AI day by day with excuses like hes 33 and all that bs. I tell em before there was your King James, D-wade, Melo and CP3 there was a guy named the Answer. I believe in A.I. no matter where he is, if he was on the worst team in the league I would still think he’s going to win a championship. Detroit’s 27-26 and I still think they can do it No matter wat people say. So I just want to say I’ve cried because of A.I., I’ve been grounded because of A.I., I’ve missed my own practices, playoff games, playoff qualifying games to see him play, I’ve got my ass kicked cas of A.I., I’ve changed the way I dress because of A.I., I’ve changed the way I view life because of A.I, Hell I can’t even go see him play in a game because of stupid things I did to try to see him play in a game. ( I will when Im old enuf to drive. ( con below)

  • Kam

    I’ve gone through alot because of A.I. and just like he out of all the players and athletes in the world deserves the ring the most I think I deserve this shoe the most.

  • Kam

    So just like A.I. deserves that ring more then anyone out there I think I deserve this shoe more then anyone out there.

  • Tarry

    I think the guy who commented before me just one the whole thing i aint even riting no more.

  • Alex(*)

    Why? (thats a good song by Jada by the way lol)

    Because I want to see my little brother smile before he passes away from his cancer. He is a huge AI fan and this would mean the world for him just this last time.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    In many ways the shoe represents a part of Iverson: a nod to the past while boldly looking into the future. Unique, unorthodox, and classic. You put AI in any situation and he asserts himself immediately. The man carried (and still carries) Reebok like he has done with the other 4 players on the court. His ice cold grill stares down concepts of aging and decline in the face and proudly gives them the one finger salute. So as 3 morphs into 1 and contemplates the future, the shoe serves a reminder of the principles he still embodies to this day. Fresh yet classic, standard but bold, one over many. His game, legacy, and heart shall be cherished for the past and future. If I receive this sole, it will be respected as such.

  • Pardeep

    I dont like the fact that people are coming on to this site and saying they don’t deserve the shoe then giving a bunch of reasons why they do deserve this shoe. Be real people. Okay so Why Do I deserve this shoe? That’s simple I AM THE BIGGEST ALLEN IVERSON FAN in THE WORLD. This is a fact. Why am I so confident. Ill tell you why. I have love for the man. Whats love? Well love isn’t owning every single Allen Iverson jersey in road and home colors and love isn’t owning 12/13 AI sneakers, Love isn’t Copying his crossover and doing his moves in my backyard. And no love is not putting up posters of only AI in your room, and Love is not staying up late when your in grade 1 to watch a game. These my friend are just the basics for the biggest fan in the world like me. These are nothing to me these are things Ive done and these aren’t even close to the reasons why I deserve this, These are just the basics man these reasons are like having strong legs before you can dunk, there like having strong wrists before you can shoot a jumpshot, these are like having sick handles before you can break a guys ankles. I’ll tell you what’s love. Love is stealing your mom’s money in grade 7 sneaking out of the house so you can get those A.I. sneakers and the jeresey from the mall and telling her you won it off of SLAMonline.com after hiding it in your room for a week. Love is crying for weeks after the 2001 finals. Love is skipping highschool games to see this man play on TV knowing it is one of the rare times you see it on normal cable in Canada the whole season. Love is getting suspended from school because you tell your Canadian teacher to SUCK A D*CK when he says Steve Nash is better then A.I. Love is buying every Slam with A.I. on the cover twice each time so you can frame one and have the other one to read. Love is breaking up with your girlfriend because she is tired of you admiring A.I. more then her and instead watching A.I. drop 51 at the age of 32 on the Laker’s then going out on the date shes been talking about for weeks. Love is crying more then A.I. when he cries in the 03 playoffs against Indiana. Love is crying when he doesn’t make the playoffs, Love is voting with different e-mail adresses everyday for the ASG game 10 times for A.I. so I could have a major role in him starting in the ASG game in the one year where he might not make it. Love is crying when the media lables him a ballhog, failure, disrespectful, a murderer, team killer, coach killer, saying he should’nt be at the all star game and saying he failed the Pistons. Love is stealing my dad’s credit card to try and order bus tickets and game tickets so I can cross the border and see him play the Sonics but then getting caught and being told Ill never be aloud to go to another NBA game in my life. Love is working for money so I can order NBA league pass a day before the Sixers face the Nuggets in Phili and then have tears brung to my eyes reminding me of the days this man had the basketball world at his feet. Love is fighting the grade 6 class bully after he says Iverson sucks and then getting the snot knocked out of me and still being proud of it because I did it for A.I. Love is going to school the next day with my Iverson jersey on and my midlle finger up at the haters after he has 50 point games. Love is crying when Kobe drops 81 cas now kids are going to be asking me why A.I. cant do that. Love is going to sleep like a baby when his team wins. Love is not knowing what to do when he drops 40 and sometimes even 50 and looses. These things my friend are love. These are things I felt throughout my life because of one guy. To this day I still feel I understand A.I. the most out of all the people out there. I dont joke about his “practice” speech. Because I know that he dont like it when people talk bout that speech he is a first ballot hall of famer and people are making it like that one word was the biggest thing he did in the his career. Some say there his fans but joke about something he does’nt like to be remembered about. That’s not me. I respect this man cas of what hes done for the game. He was the first major superstar with all these tatoos,braids,sleeves,jewelery. The man was real and I learned to always be real cas of him. He taught me more then his crossovers. He taught me to be a warrior and be strong no matter who you are and what size you are he taught me to how handle hate, handle pressure, handle tough situations overall in life. Out of all the athletes in the world Allen Iverson is the most deserving of a championship and I pray for him every night ever since I can remember and I hope that he gets it. If GOD came to his earth today and gave me a choice between being the richest kid in the world or having Allen Iverson winning a ring I would’nt hesistate to pick AI getting his ring. So after all the hard times I’ve been through cause of AI things like getting grounded, getting suspended,missing my own championship games,playoff games, playoff qualifying games, crying, getting my beat up, not being aloud to another NBA game. I think for my troubles I deserve this shoe more then anyone else out there just like A.I. deserves that ring more then anyone out there.

  • Pardeep

    FINALLY I GOT IT TO GET ON THE SITE.

  • jose

    I deserve his shoes cuz i know what an icon he is in the basketball world. You think basketball,Iverson should be the guy that comes t mind. It better be anyways. He is one of the greatest scorers the league,no, THE WORLD has ever witnessed.He is extraordinary with his speed and quickness just destroying the defense and many ankles in the process. His toughness is also a wonder. For someone to hit the floor as many times as he has(still getting and 1′s too) takes great toughness. Not to mention that he doesn’t even look battered up one bit after all those years. Don’t forget,he did cross over the greatest player that ever played the game in MJ. That to me is straight ballin’. Whether he gets a ring or not, it would be impossible to forget about A.I. To be totally honest,Im not a real Iverson fan, I am a basketball fan. But isn’t iverson ,basetball? With that question, i can only respond with . . . . . .The Answer.

  • Brian

    Flash back to ’01. I was just shy of my 10th birthday, and Allen Iverson had led the Sixers to the finals. Before the series started, I bet anyone I could find in my grade 4 class that AI and his team were coming out of this series with a ring. I wore my blue Iverson alternate jersey every single day (so sick at the time), and took off my regular shoes to wear my Answer 4′s as soon as I got into the school halls. Two weeks later I was down forty bucks. At that age, $40 was like a small fortune, and I begged and pleaded my mom for any extra cash. I even mowed my lawn 3 times in the span of a week, hoping to get my usual $5 a cut. But this was June, and there was no grass growing. Now I’m 17, and as I write this, I look around my room, walls overflowed with SlamUps, but something catches my eye. A little gap in my shelves of basketball souvenir’s and memorabilia. Ticket stubs from my first NBA game (Grizzlies vs Jazz) in ’96, my white adidas pro-model that I got Jeff Green to sign when they played in a pre-season game in Vancouver in ’07, and a few other sentimental things I’ve acquired over the years. This shoe would look sweet with the rest of all that. And I wouldn’t mind showing it to a few of those ex-classmates. You won the bet, and your perennial powerhouses got a ring, but I’ve got a signed shoe from Allen Iverson…Silenced.

  • Will

    why should I win these awesome Shoe. I think I should get it because I play so much like Allen Iverson my coach started calling AI, I also live in Australia meaning I hardly ever get to see him play because my parents won’t buy Cable TV, I have the 76er’s boxset and have watched Gm 1 2001 Finals about 300 times because it is the only footage that I have of him. I read his biography “Only the strong Survie” constantly as well. The only basketball shoes I wear are AI’s and my walls are coverd in pictures of Him. I mean literally covered you cannot see the walls because there are so many posters of him. If it were not for AI I would never even of heard about basketball because in 5th grade my friend mention him as one of his idols. i asked him who is Allen Iverson and he told me to google him, i did and insantly he became my idol as well. On top of all this I absolutly no chance of buying the shoe i am trying to win because i don’t live anywhere near Detroit and winning this shoe would mean the world to me, as buying Allen Iverson stuuf over here in Adelaide is nearly impossible because the only NBA stuff they sell are Kobe or LeBron jerseys.To find anything else is basically imposible. Please Slam If I win this shoe it will make me happiest person on the face of the earth.

  • Will

    why should I win these awesome Shoe. I think I should get it because I play so much like Allen Iverson my coach started calling me AI, I also live in Australia meaning I hardly ever get to see him play because my parents won’t buy Cable TV, I have the 76er’s boxset and have watched Gm 1 2001 Finals about 300 times because it is the only footage that I have of him. I read his biography “Only the strong Survie” constantly as well. The only basketball shoes I wear are AI’s and my walls are coverd in pictures of Him. I mean literally covered you cannot see the walls because there are so many posters of him. If it were not for AI I would never even of heard about basketball because in 5th grade my friend mention him as one of his idols. i asked him who is Allen Iverson and he told me to google him, i did and insantly he became my idol as well. On top of all this I absolutly no chance of buying the shoe i am trying to win because i don’t live anywhere near Detroit and winning this shoe would mean the world to me, as buying Allen Iverson stuuf over here in Adelaide is nearly impossible because the only NBA stuff they sell are Kobe or LeBron jerseys.To find anything else is basically imposible. Please Slam If I win this shoe it will make me happiest person on the face of the earth.

  • Will

    sorry guys pressed submit twice

  • Jag

    Sh*t I think that pardeep dude just won the contest

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    “Love is breaking up with your girlfriend because she is tired of you admiring A.I. more then her and instead watching A.I. drop 51 at the age of 32 on the Laker’s then going out on the date shes been talking about for weeks.”

    Dude, that’s not love…that’s kinda pathetic.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Oh, my bad. I thought YOU were 32. Nevermind.

  • Pardeep

    No man I was talking about AI’s age

  • adbphilly

    ok this has been on my mind the last 3 days on whether I could win this contest or not. I have been on this site 24/7 except for at school and I think I need to mention a couple more things. Um like I said, Mr. Osborne, I’m only 15 years old(just turned 15 last week) I come from a small suburban area about an hour from Philly. Its a skater town. Not to many Basketball fans. So when I wear Iverson stuff around town I get looks, like “where’s your skateboard?”. There are a few necessities needed in my life: Family, food, and Allen Iverson. Now I may not have 12 out of the 13 pairs of Iverson shoes(only have the Answer III’s,IV’s, X’s, and XI’s), I may not be able to have thousands of Allen Iverson items or memorabilia, I may not steal stuff to get Iverson things, but I do, in my heart have a true, strong love for this basketball player. I know more about Allen Iverson than half the kids in my school know about a next test their taking. Allen means the world to me. He has helped me become the player, and person I am today. I have followed Allen since the time I opened my eyes. When he won football and basketball title at Bethel high school(i wasnt born yet) I was cheering him on in the womb. I am just that BIG of a fan. I was 2 when David Stern walked up to the podium with his 90′s mustache in 1996, and said those glorious words “With the 1st pick in the 1996 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select ALLEN IVERSON from Georgetown University..” From that moment on something inside me had my eyes just glued onto that #3 on the sixers. When I actually understood the game, i couldnt miss a sixers game. That was a sin for me. I couldnt miss Allen Iverson crssing over Jordan at the Spectrum, I couldn’t miss Allen picking the pockets of the Orlando Magic in the 2000 playoffs, getting a playoff record for most steals in a playoff game, I couldnt miss him drop 54 on the Raptors in the 2001 Eastern conference quaterfinals. I couldnt miss him at the podium summer of ’02, wearing his red sox hat,”Man we in here talking about PRACTICE, not a game, not a game, not a game, PRACTICE…” I was only a 1st grader when they reached the Finals in 2001. I made sure that I would stay up until the final buzzer to watch Allen play. I got shivers every time that man would touch the ball. When he took the baseline, took a crossover, then shot a J and stepped over Tyron Lue, I woke everybody up with my loud screams. I am just a DIE HARD FAN. I remember for Christmas when I was a like 7 or 8, my parents got me The Answer DVD. Let me tell you I was the happiest kid in the world. I watched that DVD over and over and over and over until the DVD player broke. I knew every single stat, bio note and word that was said in that DVD. I deserve this shoe. In 3rd grade, I brought in a Sports Illustrated Magazine, with Iverson on the front cover holding flowers. I got in trouble because he had his shirt off, and I was told to put it away. ( I go to a Catholic School, it gets kinda strict.) I didnt care, I made sure to read every single word in that article. I deserve this shoe. Every time the school would allow us students to wear regular clothes, instead of our uniform,I made sure to wear something Iverson. I had a few Iverson shirts. I wore those shirts until it looked like I was wearing a belly shirt. I deserve this shoe. I live, breath, and die for Allen Iverson. When Allen won the two MVP awards in 2001, one for the ASG one for the League, I got choked up. When Iverson would get knocked down or fouled in a game, it felt like I was watching my best friend getting beat up. Finally in ’03, I was able to attend a Sixers game against Atlanta. It was one of the happiest times in my life. I made all these signs for Allen, hoping he would notice them. If I was just able to yell out to him, i wouldve been happy. I stood behind the railing where the sixers locker room was 2 hours before the game started just waiting for allen to emerge from the locker room. Unfortunatley, me being only 9, I was pushed to the back and never got a glimpse. Allen is my hero. When Allen scored a career high 60 points on the Magic in 05-06, I got cried of joy. Every saturday, I was allowed to go to this sports card shop and buy a couple cards. Right now at 15, I have over 1000 cards total. About half of those cards are Iverson cards. I would just look in awe at the picture of him. I am also very into drawing, mostly people. I started drawing when I was about 5 or 6, just like little scribbles. I found one of my old pictures the other day, and it was a picture of a man wearing cornrows, with a number 3 on his shirt. I have been drawing Allen since I was 6. Of course now at 15 I have more realistic drawings of him, but in one of my drawing books which has 100 pages, every single paper is a drawing of Allen. I remember in 5th grade we were supposed to do poems about something and I had no problem because I knew who I was going to write about. When they were hung up outside our room, you saw this one paper with Iverson pictures just covered all over the whole paper. Yup, that was mine. When allen got traded in 2006, I didnt know what to do but cry. I felt like I had just lost my best friend. I couldnt sleep. I mean Allen wasnt going to be wearing a Sixers jersey anymore. I couldnt believe it. It was hard to get over. When I bugged my parents to get me league pass, I made sure to watch the nuggets. It was wierd for me. Ima sixers guy. I did wat I always do, just watch Iverson. Watch him move through screens, make picks, pass, sit on the bench during timeouts, just kept my eyes on him. I was hated in the house because I hogged the television most nights. Whatever though. Its worth it. And when he came back to philly last March, that was an emotional night for me. All of good days came back in my mind. I’ve tried many of times, to purchase an autograph of Iversons. Mostly of eBay. Unfortunately I was either outbid or I won but the guy never sent it. This would mean so much to me, I cant even express how happy I would be if I won this contest. I would trade all my iverson things in order to get this. I could honestly right a whole book, as big as the Bible, about how much I love Allen Iverson. Unfortunately I dont think a website page is big enough for me to express my true love for this guy. I am probably one of his biggest fans. He is just a big part in my life, Bubbachuck. Mr. Osborne, please, just give my entry a serious look. This would be the greatest thing in the world. I could go on and on and on and on about why I should deserve this. I see all the other fans for Lebron and Kobe. Allen is so unique than all the other players. He actually has a story behind his amazing game on the on the court. Theres more that meets the eye. All the obstacles Allen overcame, he is a true warrior and hero in my eyes. At the age of 33 and still exciting fans including me, with his many moves and baskets, I still make sure to sit down and watch him, wearing a number 1 now, and with the cornrows(by the way, still look good, AI), Allen always will have a special part in my heart. Out of all the other thousands of fans for Iverson, whether in the U.S., Canada, China, wherever, I believe I am the Biggest fan of Iverson’s. Just a small town suburban kid outside philly that prays to the dear Lord above that he is able to win this contest. To show the rest of the world how much respect I have for Allen Ezail Iverson. Wow this took me 1 hour. I hope this is deserving enough. Oh how much I want this.

  • Derek Lobon

    Winning a signed Iverson shoe would ease the pain of the acid flash-backs I’m still having thanks to Craig Sager’s All-Star Game suit.

  • Simon

    if the comment above this wins it is a true symbol that quantity is far more relevant than quality.

  • Tarn

    The post from pardeep about love was sick dude on top just looks like he copied a bit. I aint even riting after what i saw either.

  • http://jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    SLAM reader from issue 1 here. A.I. is basketball. And so am I. That’s why I deserve the kicks. I’ve followed Iverson since the Georgetown days. Seeing that little guy fly through the air and throwdown w/authority, I knew he was going to be special. I patented my game after his as a young-man. The little crossovers in the lane into a quick jumpshot, the head fake, behind the back dribble into teardrop and all that. The shoe would be a good reminder of why I love Slam, why I love AI and why I love basketball. Because they are all the best.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    You guys are so good. Honestly, these were some great entries and I’m thankful for that. I have reached out to the person I think should win, but I’m not going to close the contest until I hear back, as sometimes our winners flake out. Once they have gotten back to me I will announce their name, send the prize out and close the contest. We will have lots more contests coming soon.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    WHo won the Damani shoes?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Our winner is Angelo Lee—congrats!
    Honorable mention goes to: Diogo, DJ, Gfunk, TADOne, Brian, adbPhilly, Clare, Christoff, Pardeep and Grizonthegrind. Thank you all for playing and for reading SLAM.
    The Damani contest winner will be announced later today.
    Keep your browser locked to Slamonline fopr more contests and the best bball coverage anywhere.
    I’m gonna close comments now…

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