Allen Iverson Quotes On Practice, Dedication and Life

Allen Iverson is a name that is synonymous with basketball greatness. Known for his lightning-fast moves, agility on the court, and his unforgettable style, Iverson was one of the most exciting players in NBA history. As a fierce competitor, Iverson took the league by storm and left an indelible mark on the game. Despite standing at just six feet tall, Iverson’s impact on the sport and the culture of basketball has been massive, and his legacy continues to inspire both players and fans alike.

50 Allen Iverson Quotes

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  1. “I had a lot of growing up to do. A lot of times, I learned the hard way.”
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2. “I don’t wanna be Jordan. I don’t wanna be Bird or Isaiah, I don’t wanna be any of those guys. I want to look in the mirror and say I did it my way.”

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3. “You have to go through good times and bad times to get where you’re trying to go.”

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4. “Why do you care about somebody talking negative about you if they don’t know you?” 

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5. “Everybody is their own person.”

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6. “My whole thing is, if you love me, then love me. If you don’t, then believe what you hear and run with that.”

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7. “I don’t care. I feel like if we don’t make a trade, we have to get it done with what we’ve got.”

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8. “I didn’t take constructive criticism the way I should have. When I finally caught up to that, that’s when I went to being the MVP.”

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9. “You hit roadblocks in life, but I’m living proof that you can overcome those roadblocks and become what you want to become.”

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10. “If I don’t believe it, then they don’t need me on the court. I’ve just got to believe that in my heart.” 

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11. “I gave everything I had to basketball. The passion is still there, but the desire to play is not. It was a great ride.”

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12. “Obviously, if I could go back and change anything, I would be a perfect man. And I know there’s no perfect man.”

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13. “You can hide from the devil, but he’ll always find you.”

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14. “I don’t train hard to be better than you. I train hard to be better than me yesterday.”

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15. “I’d rather have more heart than talent any day.”

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16. “So many people supported me and believed in me. They made it so easy for me to believe in myself because I didn’t want to let them down.”

17. “If I’m not getting older and more mature at 31, then something’s wrong.”

18. “When you are not practicing, someone else is getting better.”

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19. “I went from the projects to a real house. It was a big difference.”

20. “I don’t want to be another Jordan, Magic, or Isiah. When my career is over, I want to be able to look in the mirror and say ‘I did it my way’.”

21. “I always wanted to be a Sixer. My dad was a Sixers’ fan. I never wanted to leave. I wanted to start my career in Philly and finish it here.”

22. “I surround myself with people who make me laugh.” 

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23. “Just understand that there’s going to be some ups, there’s going to be some downs.”

24. “You hit road blocks in life, but I’m living proof that you can overcome those road blocks and become what you want to become.”

25. “My dream was bigger than anything else. My fight and me wanting to fulfill what I wanted to be in life. That was enough to keep me strong enough to endure anything.”

26. “I believe that whatever we have, regardless of a trade being done or not, I feel we have a shot. I’ve just got to believe that we’re going to be all right. I’ve got to just play basketball.”

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27. “Being an All-Star is everything.”

28. “I play every game like it’s my last game. All that matters is that you go out there and play every game as if it was your last.”

29. “Personally I just want to win a championship.”

30. “I wasn’t a point guard. I was a killer.”

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31. “I gave everything I had to basketball. The passion is still there, but the desire to play is not. It was a great ride.”

32. “I was recruited by every school in the country for football and basketball. And an incident happened in high school, and all that was taken away. No other teams, no other schools were recruiting me anymore.”

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33. “I failed, got back up. I failed, got back up.”

34. “Man, people have been waiting for me to fall off my whole career. From the first time I stepped on the court. It probably made people sick to their stomachs watching my whole career, watching the things that I’ve done in my career.”

35. “Any one of my shoes that I had, you knew that, night in, night out, I gave my teammates and my fans everything that I had.”

36. “This is the thing you dream about when you’re a kid, even before getting into the league.” 

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37. “I’m not going to be the same as I was when I’ve made so many bad mistakes.”

38. “My mom always told me that I could be anything I wanted to be. And I truly, actually believed it. And I fought.” 

39. “I wasn’t used to the attention, I wasn’t used to having money, I wasn’t used to being the main focus on an NBA team.”

40. “I believe that whatever we have, regardless of a trade being done or not, I feel we have a shot. I’ve just got to believe that we’re going to be all right. I’ve got to just play basketball.”

41. “I couldn’t have accomplished the things in my career if I didn’t practice, and the worst part about that whole thing is when a kid comes up to me and says ‘Allen, I don’t like practice, either.’ I’ve got to straighten that kid right then.”

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42. “I surround myself with people who make me laugh.”

43. “This is like a tribute to them, the people who helped me to get here. The thing that makes me feel good about the whole thing is, the fans voted me here.”

44. “I don’t want to just go to the playoffs, I don’t want to go to the playoffs and win the first round, second round, and not win the whole thing because it’s bittersweet.”

45. “God gave me all this; why waste the talent that he gave me? Why not go full throttle with it all and try to become in the class with the greatest players that ever played the game? That’s just a great feeling.”

46. “I’m just overwhelmed with the fact that I had a signature shoe. It’s actually ‘my shoe.”

47. “You can hide from the devil, but he’ll always find you.”

48. “I wasn’t afraid to be who I am. I didn’t think anything was wrong with it.”

49. “A negative Allen Iverson story is the greatest Allen Iverson story, for some reason.”

50. “I’m a Hall of Famer, and I can go outside today and go to a restaurant or wherever, and somebody will come up to me and say, ‘Practice? We talkin’ ’bout practice?’ Man, I am a Hall of Famer, and that’s all you can think about?”

Allen Iverson’s impact on basketball cannot be overstated. From his unforgettable moves on the court to his inspiring quotes off the court, Iverson’s legacy continues to influence the game today.

He set numerous records during his career, including winning four NBA scoring titles and leading the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals in 2001. But perhaps his most significant impact was the way he changed the perception of what it meant to be a basketball player.

Iverson proved that it was possible to be successful and authentic at the same time, and his words continue to inspire a generation of players. As we look back on Iverson’s career, it’s clear that he was much more than just a great basketball player – he was a cultural icon who left an indelible mark on the sport and on the world at large.

Additional Read: How Allen Iverson Created the Blueprint for the Modern Sports Superstar

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