A lot of NBA stars have enjoyed seeing Allen Iverson honoured with an induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year.
Iverson broke the mould of a conventional basketball superstar by doing things his way. He sported cornrows in his hair, covered his body in tattoos and wore baggy clothes like no role model had before him
The Sixers legend inspired a whole generation of NBA superstars to believe they could make the big time and be exactly who they are, just like he did.
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Perhaps none more so than the Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas.
"It’s a big honor for him, not just him, but everybody that looked up to him," Thomas told reporters while volunteering to help revitalize East Boston's McKay School on Friday morning. "He’s pound for pound the best player to ever play the game, in my eyes, and, on the court, I definitely want to be just like him."
Thomas got a chance to meet Iverson in Philadelphia last month and emerged with an autographed jersey. Posting a picture of the two together on Instagram, Thomas wrote: "There will never be another Allen Iverson but I'm for damn sure going to be the closest thing to you."
He reaffirmed that statement Friday while reflecting on Iverson's Hall of Fame induction.
"He told me I’m cut from the same cloth as him," said Thomas. "I go about my ways the same way he did, and now that he’s told me that, nobody can tell me anything. So that’s a check off my list, that he approves of my game. He’s really a fan of, not just me as a basketball player, but me as a person. And that says a lot because I followed every footstep that he took and I want to be just like him."