Chris Paul is one of the elite guards in the NBA right now, but his journey, like every other player in the league, started as a starry-eyed kid.
During his formative years, there was one player CP3 looked up to more than any other, and it's a guard who inspired a generation and shaped the league as we see it now.
The current L.A. Clippers point guard said the one player he idolised was Philadelphia 76ers legend and recent Hall of Fame enshrinee Allen Iverson.
Speaking to Rowan Kavner, Paul said: “I’ve always said Allen Iverson had the biggest effect on the culture of the NBA out of any player.
"He started a culture. He started the arm sleeve, the tattoos, all that stuff. He’s the biggest influence in the NBA out of anybody… I wanted braids because AI had them. I just loved the grit that he played with.
"He always played with a chip on his shoulder. I feel like I sort of do the same.”
There are so many players who were inspired by watching Iverson do his thing in the late 1990s and 2000s. The tattoos, the attitude and the aggression were all that made him so special.