Fans in Philadelphia flocked to the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday to watch a showcase of Big3 basketball action.
The 3-on-3 league featuring former pros, started by Ice Cube, arrived in Philadelphia with big hopes, as the hometown fans wanted to see former 76ers legend Allen Iverson take the court for his 3's Company team.
Unfortunately, Philly fans didn't get to see their hero take the court, as Iverson instead played the role of coach during Sunday night's action.
According to ESPN.com, Iverson was advised by his doctors not to play on Sunday, but still addressed the large crowd before the games began, saying he was thrilled to be back in the city where his NBA career began:
"I'm glad I had a chance to come back home," Iverson told the crowd after introductions. "Ain't nothing like this relationship we have. I love you for supporting me throughout my career, and still today you're still supporting me."
It shouldn't have been too much of a surprise that Iverson didn't play on Sunday night, as he hasn't seen much court time so far in Big3 action. In three games, he's only 3-for-13 from the floor and only has six total points.
Julius Erving, also known as Dr. J, addressed the crowd before the game, too. The Philadelphia legend said the great thing about Big3 is that it lets players play the style of game they learned on the playgrounds in cities like Philadelphia:
"Big3 is a new concept, but it's an old story," Erving said. "It's about playing ball the way we all learned how to play ball out in the playground, like the playgrounds all around Philadelphia."
Hopefully, we'll get to see Iverson showing off the street-ball skills he made famous in the NBA sometime soon, but for now, we'll have to settle for other former NBA players holding down the fort in the inaugural Big3 season.
In 12 seasons with the 76ers, Iverson averaged 26.7 points, 6.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game, becoming one of the best players in the history of the storied franchise.
His best season came in 2000-01, when he led the 76ers to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the title round. That year, Iverson averaged 31.1 points, 4.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.
For his outstanding efforts that year, he took home the NBA MVP award. He also made 11 All-Star games, with most of those appearances coming as a member of the Sixers.