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24 Jan 1995: ALLEN IVERSON OF GEORGETOWN ON COURT DURING THE 88-71 WIN OVER ST. JOHN''S IN THE BIG-EAST CONFERENCE GAME AT THE USAIR ARENA IN WASHINGTON DC.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - CIRCA 1993-1996: Allen Iverson, #3 guard of the Georgetown University Hoyas men's basketball team celebrates after scoring during a game at McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Georgetown University/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30: Allen Iverson #3 of the Georgetown Hoyas takes a jump shot during a college basketball game at the U.S.Air Arena on December 30, 1995 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
20 Feb 1996: Allen Iverson of Georgetown celebrates as he walks off the court after the Georgetown Hoyas defeat the Connecticut Huskies 77-65 at the U.S. Air Arena in Landover, Maryland.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 1: Allen Iverson holds up a76ers uniform with NBA Commissioner David Stern after being drafted #1 by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft on June 1,1996 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Vincent Manniello/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Allen Iverson poses for a portrait after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft on June 26, 1996 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 23: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers shows emotion against the New York Knicks during an NBA game at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 1996 in New York, New York. The 76ers won 109-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - 1997: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots a driving layup against the Toronto Raptors at the First Union Center during the 1997 NBA season in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Lou Capozzola/NBAE/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, : Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson (L), the National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year, gets a hug from his mother, Ann Iverson, 01 May at a press conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Iverson dedicated the award to his mother. AFP PHOTO/TOM MIHALEK (Photo credit should read TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES: The Philadelphia 76ers point guard Allen Iverson (L) flys past the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (R) on his way to the basket in 19 March 1999 in Philadelphia. Iverson scored 41 points in the 76ers' 105-90 victory. AFP PHOTO/TOM MIHALEK (Photo credit should read TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 20: Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers lays up a shot during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on January 20, 2000 at Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA - 2001: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers attempts a layup against Rick Fox #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2001 NBA Finals at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - 2001: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers displays his league MVP trophy before a 2001 NBA Game played at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, : Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson (R) kisses his daughter Tiaura (C) beside his wife Tawanna (L) after the 76ers won game seven of the NBA Eastern Conference semi-final against the Torontro Raptors 20 May 2001 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, PA. The 76ers won the game 88-87. AFP PHOTO/Tom MIHALEK (Photo credit should read TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, : Allen Iverson, (L), of the Philadelphia 76ers, who played for the East All Stars, talks with basketeball legend Julius 'Doctor J' Erving (R) prior to the start of the NBA All Star Game 10 February 2002 in the First Union Center, in Philadelphia, PA. Iverson wore the number 6 on his jersey, Irving's old number when he played for the 76ers. AFP PHOTO/ TOM MIHALEK (Photo credit should read TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 30: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at First Union Center on October 30, 2002 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Sixers won 95-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2002 (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 31: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers discusses the play with official George Toliver #23 during the NBA game against the Orlando Magic at TD Waterhouse Centre on March 31, 2003 in Orlando, Florida. The 76ers won in overtime 118-13. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Gary Bassing/NBAE via Getty Images)
Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday, Feb. 14, 2005. Fredy Perojo, AOL
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 11: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadephia 76ers covers his mouth as he has some words for referee Jason Phillips regarding a fourth quarter call as the 76ers defeated the Washington Wizards 112-105 during NBA action at the MCI Center on November 11, 2003 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/ or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the gettyImages licence agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DALLAS - JANUARY 14: A mom supports Steve Nash #13 of the Dallas Mavericks, but her son hopes Allen Iverson #3 and the Philadelphia 76ers will win the game at the American Airlines Center on January 14, 2004 in Dallas, Texas. The Mavericks won 125-122 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 3: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers talks to referee Jess Kersey #20 during the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 3, 2004 in New York City. The Knicks won 88-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Athens, Greece: Allen Iverson of the US team stands on the podium after receiving the bronze medal following the Olympic Games men's basketball finals 28 August 2004, at the Olympic Indoor Hall in Athens. Argentina won the gold and Italy the silver. AFP PHOTO/TIM CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 3: Allen Iverson #3 and Coach Jim O'Brien of the Philadelphia 76ers talk during a stop in play against the Golden State Warriors at the Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER - FEBRUARY 18: (L-R)All-Stars Shaquille O'Neal #34 of the Miami Heat and Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers sit courtside during the got milk? Rookie Challenge, part of 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend at Pepsi Center on February 18, 2005 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 1: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts to a call by referee Ron Garretson during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Wachovia Center on November 1, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Bucks won in overtime 117-108. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 19: Allen Iverson #3 of the Eastern Conference drives to the basket past Kevin Garnett #21 of the Western Conference during the 2006 NBA All-Star Game at Toyota Center on February 19, 2006 in Houston, Texas. The Eastern Conference won 122-120. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER - JANUARY 19: Allen Iverson #3 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait on January 19, 2007 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 11: Allen Iverson #3 of the Denver Nuggets claps his hands during the game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena on April 11, 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Nuggets won 115-106. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Allen Iverson #1 of the Detroit Pistons looks on against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game on November 13, 2008 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
DENVER - JANUARY 9: A fan holds up a sign in support of Allen Iverson of the Detroit Pistons prior to the game of the Denver Nuggets v the Detroit Pistons on January 9, 2009 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 2: Allen Iverson #3 of the Memphis Grizzlies looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena on November 2, 2009 in Sacramento, California. The Kings won 127-116. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 3: Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers holds up his jersey for the media during the press conference on December 3, 2009 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Professional basketball player Allen Iverson wipes away tears during a news conference with the Philadelphia 76ers at the Comcast SportsNet Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009. Iverson agreed to terms with the 76ers, rejoining the team where he reached the National Basketball Association Finals in 2001. Photographer: Bradley C. Bower/Bloomberg via Getty Images
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 16: Allen Iverson, #4 of Besiktas Colaturka during the Eurocup Basketball Date 1 game between Besiktas Cola Turka and Hemofarm Stada at Besiktas Cola Turka Arena on November 16, 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Ugras Ozyurt/EB via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 16: Allen Iverson, #4 of Besiktas Colaturka in action during the Eurocup Basketball Date 1 game between Besiktas Cola Turka vs Hemofarm Stada at Besiktas Cola Turka Arena on November 16, 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Ugras Ozyurt/EB via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 1: Fans signs, as Philadelphia 76ers Legend Allen Iverson has his jersey retired at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA on March 1, 2014. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 1: NBA Legend Allen Iverson is honored as the Philadelphia 76ers retire his #3 jersey and raise it to the rafters at the halftime ceremony of the Washington Wizards game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center March 1, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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By GLENN MINNIS
XN Sports

Allen Iverson would almost certainly tell you not to call it a comeback, though every fan of his that bleeds and prays for him hopes that it will indeed prove to be one.

The world of post-NBA superstardom has not been kind to the man known as The Answer, lowlighted by a bitter split from his wife and former high school sweetheart and the equally public breakup from a game he clearly was not ready to separate himself from.

But now there's talk of new beginnings, hope that A.I. might again be putting himself into a position of giving even more to the game he once revolutionized. Word is Iverson is set to travel to Manila later this year to take part in a series of events where organizers insist "we're introducing him as a coach."

Yeah, yeah, I know, the thought of The Answer being a coach might strike some as being as unlikely as others may find the prospect of him ever embracing the idea of practice. Still, you hope for the best, hope that this could be because so much of you wish such grace for Iverson.

"It's what he wants and he has a couple of schedules right now for basketball clinics," said Asia-based agent Sheryl Reyes, who adds the Philadelphia 76ers, the organization Iverson spent the bulk of his NBA career with, are not only on board with the endeavor but have quietly been grooming Iverson for coaching. "He's doing clinics for kids," that's already the direction he's going to so we want to support him."

By the time the 6-foot, 165 pound, top-pick in the 1996 NBA draft had hung up his Reeboks, he arguably had changed the game as much as anyone of his era. An 11-time All-Star, he was named league MVP in 2001 and led the league in scoring four different seasons, largely on the strength of a style built on grit and toughness that often found him going mano mano against the game's biggest bodies and talents.

A.I. was just riveting off the hardwood, almost overnight elevating himself to the status of icon within the hip hop community based on his style and personality.

And then, as quickly as A.I. had become accustomed to beating would-be-defenders off the bounce, it was all gone - much of the more than $200 million he grossed in NBA contracts and Reebok endorsement deals gone with it. With that, the man who teammate Aaron McKie was championed for giving "small people hope," shrank in ways not many of us could have ever foreseen.

But now lies a chance for redemption and a chance for Allen Iverson to make a comeback. In a statement, Iverson told the world "I'm looking forward to my coming visit to Manila. I've heard a lot of good stories about the Philippines, specifically about the Filipino basketball fans. See you all real soon."

Hoops Nation eagerly awaits.


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