Happy 36th Birthday to Allen Iverson from the NBHHCM Foundation
June 7, 2011- Allen "The Answer" Iverson the 14-year NBA star most notably with the Philadelphia 76ers turns 36 today. Iverson's 36th birthday comes the day after the NBA turned 65 on 6-6-11. The NBA was founded on June 6, 1946 in New York City.
The kid from Newport News was a true renaissance man to basketball. His cornrows, sick cross-over dribble, shooting sleeve, and hip-hop style moves are seen in current stars Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, and Derrick Rose.
LeBron James is connected to Jay-Z like Iverson was linked to Jadakiss. LeBron even has a multiple of tattoos that some say were influenced by Iverson.
Iverson by all accounts is the all-time most influential player to the hoops and hip-hop culture fusion born in 1984 that is known today as The "Dunkadelic-Era" In America.
Iverson had the second most successful sneaker line of all-time behind Michael Jordan with his Reebok signature shoes. His I3 logo was very popular for over 10-years. Iverson even wore a shoe named "ATR Dunkadelic" for the last played NBA game of Michael Jordan's career on April 16, 2003 in Philadelphia, PA. Dunkadelic is the cool hoops and hip-hop culture one-word term created in 1997.
Since 2009 June has been proclaimed as NBHHCM (National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month). Iverson is one of the major influences to the observed month for hoops and hip-hop.
Allen was the first pick of the 1996 NBA Draft. A talent rich draft that featured Kobe Bryant, Marcus Camby, Ray Allen, Stephon Marbury, Kerry Kittles, Antoine Walker, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Steve Nash, Peja Stojakovic, Jermaine O'Neal, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Derek Fisher, and Malik Rose.
Iverson scored 24, 368 career points, was the 2001 NBA MVP, 11-time All-Star, 2-time All-Star MVP, a 4-time scoring champion, and was named the 1997 NBA Rookie-of-the-Year.
The 1996 Draft has been considered the "Hoops and Hip-Hop Culture Draft" because the players of the draft were drafted, started, and played their NBA rookie year between the death's of rap icons Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. Many of the media called Iverson the "Tupac of the NBA."
Shakur (June 16) like Iverson was born during the Month of June.
Happy Birthday to Allen Iverson from the NBHHCM Foundation as we celebrate NBHHCM 2K11 during the month of June.