Monday, April 6th, 2009 at 5:52 pm  |  29 responses

Strictly Business

Allen Iverson was well suited for Philly.

Allen IversonPhoto by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 84

Allen Iverson, at times known equally for his image as his incredible game on the court, posed in a suit in accordance with the newly implemented dress code. AI made it look good in only a way that he could—sporting baggy slacks and a chain to supplement the collared shirt that David Stern deemed to be oh so important for the league’s image. — Adam Fleischer

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    this is a classic, stuntin is a habit.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose


  • Pardeep

    Allen Iverson one of the greatest talents ever on the court and one of the freshest guys off the court. He’ll be bak next year

  • $DAVID$

    he’s the truth.period

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

    To quote an American rock legend “Where have all the good times gone”.

  • rob stewart

    A.I. goin to church!

  • Kozmic

    Suit up back in Philly. The Answer needs closure…

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I had envisioned him more in a straight-up business suit and tie, but it was obvious from the start that—if he did it at all—it was going to be his way. The end result had him looking like a kid playing dress-up, but hey, that’s sort of what it was.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    see you in the CHA next year. Stay sharp A.I, stay sharp

  • I am the walrus

    Let’s hope he signs with Cleveland and gives them a large amount of unsolvable problems that forces the team to miss the playoffs…

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Neil Young: “It’s better to burn out than to fade away…”

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/scoreboard Fred34

    Brilliant picture. Looks kinda like Kat Williams

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Russ, I need your help on this — didn’t we do this BEFORE the dress code? I think this issue dropped in early ’05, meaning we had it in the works in late ’04, and the dress code didn’t officially kick in until fall ’05. Am I crazy, or weren’t we sort of ahead of the game on this?

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Ryan: It’s entirely possible you’re both correct AND crazy.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Co-Sign Russ, I think it looks “clownish” to say the least.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    This was before the dress code…
    He just flipped it. He said his stylist picked the outfit for him, and he showed up at the photo shoot. I remember this issue vividly since I thought that fedora was the business. I’m pretty sure this was before the dress code came down.
    And his pants are way too baggy. He probably looks like a clown standing up.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    But, he doesn’t look like a clown in that photo. He looks liek one of those old zoot suit cats back in the day. Babby paints, chain and a doo rag. Real 1920s…

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    *baggy pants.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    One of the best issues ever, with the freshest Punks ever–Philly Lutheran, I see u.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    We definitely did it before the dress code—it wouldn’t have been a very original idea after the fact.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Too bad he couldn’t have found bigger earrings.

  • Jacob

    this dude is my hero, I cant wait for him to leave the Pistons

  • http://slam justin more

    Yea and too bad AI gotta act like a big baby, and cry about coming off the bench.

  • Celina Brookins

    NBA’s finest player of all times… he’s the truth and the ANSWER!!!

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    The Canswer.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    This guy is a comment machine. Really, AI still draws so much attention. I think I said this on a different mag post recently, but SLAM 125, with AI on cover as a Piston, seems to have sold VERY well, just like pretty much every cover he’s ever been on.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Ben: For a social experiment, see how many times you can put him on the cover before those sales go down!

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    The Iverson backlash is funny.

  • http://dmx_032000@yahoo.com biggy

    i love this man, not because of his tattoo nor his dope stuff but because of who really he is. some people might not appreciate of this but he didn’t care..long live AI!!