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The Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson (3) beats the New Orleans Hornets' Marcus Thornton on a scoring drive during the second half. The Sixers defeated the Hornets, 96-92, at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Monday, January 11, 2010. (Ron Cortes/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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This isn’t surprising to me. A lot of NBA player could relate a lot more to Allen Iverson than say Michael Jordan. Most players looked up to Jordan, but their real lives were probably more like Iverson and The King was no different. “I watch Jordan more than anybody, for sure,” James told ESPN’s Chris Broussard for a story in the upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine. “But I’ll watch tapes of AI too. I don’t take anything from AI. Well, I do — his will. They say he was 6 feet, but AI was like 5-10½. Do we even want to say 160? 170 [pounds]? Do we even want to give him that much weight? And he played like a 6-8 2-guard. He was one of the greatest finishers we’ve ever seen. You could never question his heart. Ever. He gave it his all. AI was like my second-favorite player growing up, after MJ.”  
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