Allen Iverson.

Allen Iverson believes the fans could relate to him at the height of his popularity

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Allen Iverson will take his place in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this Friday alongside legendary figures like Shaquille O'Neal and Yao Ming.

However, Iverson is no ordinary superstar. The Answer was something the NBA, as varied and controversial as it has been down the years, had never seen before.

The Philadelphia 76ers franchise player and 2001 MVP was himself in the purest form both on the court or in front of a camera.

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Never before had a man adorned in tattoos and with such little regard for what people thought of him been the face of the league.

However, Iverson was beloved by everyone and the 41-year-old thinks he knows why.

File photo dated 01 May 2002 shows Philadelphia 76

"I was 6'0", so folks could relate to that," Iverson told Stephen A. Smith. "I was 165 pounds, so folks could relate to that. But I was also someone who wanted to be me, judged for what I do and who I am, instead of what you say I'm suppose to be.

"It's true that some [people] don't want to play the game, but a lot of dudes don't know how to. And even the ones that do, most ain't going to be accepted. So what about them?"

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