Originally posted on NBA 24/7 365  |  Last updated 8/3/12
6a00d83451af4b69e201310f53e44a970c-800wi

On Friday, August 10th Reebok will re-release Allen Iverson’s most iconic signature shoe, the Answer IV, which he sported throughout the 2000/01 season.  The shoe is a certified classic… an iconic throwback to the absolute height of Iverson’s legend.  During the season of the Answer IV we saw AI lead the league in scoring (31.1 PPG), win All-Star and regular season MVP awards, and carry his Sixers to the Finals.

While Iverson’s famed David vs Goliath run did not result in the elusive title he never was able to capture, it did lead to one of the most memorable games in the history of the NBA Playoffs.  On the opening night of Finals, pitted against a Laker squad that hadn’t yet lost a postseason contest, Iverson took the floor at the Staples Center and poured in 48 points in a performance that epitomized the heart and soul of the game we love.

With a two-point lead and under a minute to go in overtime, Iverson’s Sixers needed but a dagger to leave the arena with a surprising victory.  Iverson, with Tyronn Lue draped all over him, took it upon himself to deliver the field goal… and deliver it he did.

In his Answer IVs, Iverson put the ball on the hardwood and executed one of the most memorable crossovers to date.  As he sunk the shot and arrogantly stepped over the fallen soldier he’d just slain, AI completed the finest moment of his soon-to-be Hall Of Fame career.  In doing so, he happened to put the focus on his feet, elevating the legend of his sneakers along with that of himself.

Many, including myself, consider Iverson one of the most influential basketball players ever to lace ‘em up.  The impact he made both on and off the court was like that of few others, and although he’s no longer in the league, his presence remains in every crossover, tattoo, and arm sleeve.

And it can remain on your feet come next Friday.  I don’t get nearly as gassed up over sneaker releases as I used to, but to see this shoe for sale in [something very close to] its original form… I’ve got to have it.  This is basketball history for $115.  These days, you can’t but a f@cking pair of those Frankenstein Jordans for that.

In addition to the shoe itself becoming available again, one of the coolest things about this re-release is that it briefly brings Iverson back to the spotlight.  Recently, he discussed the crossover on Lue (with whom he now considers himself “best of friends”), his MVP award, and the authenticity of his image.  Check it out…

Well, for me personally… he hit the nail on the head.  Iverson has always been someone I admire for the way he’s stayed true to himself.  Every time the man opens his mouth the f@cking realness just emanates from his voice.  Say what you will about the way he conducted his business on and off the court, the way his career came to a close… but for a six-foot basketball player who was completely unwilling to conform… well, his accomplishments speak for themselves.

***The shoe will be available in limited quantities at retailers such as Foot Locker, Finish Line, and Champs.

***Please, Reebok, give new life to the original white/red colorway.

***NBA247365.COM will be printing a t-shirt that goes along with the Answer IV re-release.  I’ve placed the order, but I’m not exactly sure how long it’ll be before I get them (should be within the next few weeks).  If you’re interested in purchasing one (there will only be a few), contact me via Twitter, Facebook, or e-mail (admin@nba247365.com).

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sabathia on post-rehab health: The best I've felt in three years

Carmelo Anthony says he's putting his trust in Phil Jackson

Lynn Swann: Calvin Johnson not a Hall of Famer

NFL requiring background checks for combine participants

Rams owner buys massive 520,000-acre Texas ranch

Cam Newton explains why he did not dive on fumble

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

George Karl’s agent rips Kings, wants broadcaster reprimanded

WATCH: Popovich has funny reaction to New Hampshire results

Suns vets pull packing peanut prank on rookie Devin Booker

Teammate gives Manning final completion ball from Super Bowl

Report: Ole Miss Football cited in 13 of 28 department violations by NCAA

Larry Sanders to consider NBA comeback after other interests stabilize

Oscillation, thy name is Pablo Sandoval

Mat Latos could be the steal of free agency

WATCH: Blackhawks coach walks out of press conference

Greg McElroy: Cam Newton 'quit on his team'

Tennis umpires secretly banned over gambling issues

WATCH: Dancing Kentucky fan slides down rail, fails

Clemson LB has great response to NFL draft analyst's criticism

Former Aggies QB Kyle Allen reveals culture problems at Texas A&M

Roy Williams collapses during game vs. BC

Panthers TE Greg Olsen shaves off his playoff beard

Derek Fisher thanks Knicks in statement

Miami Heat to honor Shaq by retiring his number 32

Oakland Raiders release Nate Allen

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker