Allen Iverson revealed his biggest regret, and it will bring a tear to your eye

Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Yao Ming Headline Hall of Fame Class
Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Yao Ming Headline Hall of Fame Class

On Monday, it was finally made official: Allen Iverson is headed to the Hall of Fame, alongside Yao Ming and Shaquille O'Neal.

Iverson put up one of the most iconic careers in sports history, pairing Hall of Fame stats with a personality that changed the face of the league. He ran into his fair share of controversies over a 14-year career, but for the most part, Iverson is a huge success story.

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There was one major regret, through. And Iverson opened up to the Sporting News about it: His failed relationship with Philadelphia 76ers head coach Larry Brown.

"I love the person that I am. I feel comfortable in my skin. But if I could have a wish, as an athlete, I wish I would have bought in to what he was trying to give me all along. Just being defiant, being a certified a**hole for nothing — when all he wanted was the best for me.

I didn't take constructive criticism the way I should have... God sent him to me and I was defiant at that time. But obviously you found out once I caught in and caught up to what I was supposed to know, that's when I became the MVP. That's when it went from just a talented player to the best player on planet Earth."

Iverson admitted that he has not spoken to Brown since being inducted.

"I know that it won't be a conversation. It'll just be me crying. I know it. As soon as I hear his voice. I already know it," he said.

Brown, Iverson and the Sixers reached the NBA Finals in 2001 before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers. Iverson retired without ever winning a championship. Brown won a title three years later, as head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

During his career, Iverson was mostly guarded when it came to expressing his true emotions. But now that some time has passed since his career came to a close, it's intriguing to see his true feelings pour out.

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