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Allen Iverson vs. Larry Brown
Philadelphia 76ers 2002
The Allen Iverson-Larry Brown relationship was one of the great love/hate pairings in the history of basketball. Brown was notoriously tough on his point guards, and his abrasive style could wear on even the most level-headed players. Iverson, on the other hand, was an amazingly gifted athlete who (for better or for worse) took all manner of crazy shots. If you recall, he also didn’t particularly care for practice. The great Ralph Wiley perfectly summed up the pair’s hot and cold relationship thus: “Enjoy the Odd Couple, together, but also keep them away from Roman broadswords, and other sharp objects.” Brown stuck around until 2002-03, then quit after the 76ers were eliminated from the playoffs; Iverson lasted until December of 2006, until he was traded to Denver.
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