The BIG3 League made one of it’s most anticipated stops of the season Sunday night as they traveled to Philadelphia to the Wells Fargo Center. With former greats, Allen Iverson and Julius Erving on hand, fans were extremely excited to see the former Sixers legends back in Philadelphia.
Now while fans knew that Erving, 67, wasn’t going to play, they did however except the 11-time All-Star to suit up and play.
Though due to medical reasons which weren’t disclosed, Iverson was instructed by his doctors to sit out of Sunday night’s game.
This was shocking news to everyone, including some of the players.
“I kind of found out right before we were about to play them,” said Bonzi Wells, who helped the Tri-State team to a victory over Iverson’s 3’s Company squad. “We understand Allen is the guy who drives our league. We were hoping he was going to play for the fans. But we got the win, so it was good for us.”
Jermaine O’Neal then asked reporters how they felt about it. There was silence. “That bad, huh?” he joked.
Despite not addressing the media after the game, Iverson did address the Philadelphia crowd saying,”I’m glad I had a chance to come back home,” Iverson told the crowd after introductions. “Ain’t nothing like this relationship we have. I love you for supporting me throughout my career, and still today you’re still supporting me.”
The league’s co-founder, Ice Cube did offer an apology to the fans and promised that next year would be better when the League traveled to Philadelphia.
I respect everybody's thoughts and comments. And always keep it 💯. @thebig3 will do better whenever we come back to Philly. I owe you one.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) July 17, 2017