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The Answer is the answer

Allen Iverson: No one played harder on the court.
Allen Iverson: No one played harder on the court.

The question: Who is the best little-guy in the history of basketball?

The answer: The Answer.

Allen Iverson, also known as The Answer, was featured this week on a documentary that premiered on NBA TV. The occasion is Iverson’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame this September.

“I would do anything to win,” Iverson, a long-time Sixer, said on the documentary.

That he would, playing with passion and heart, becoming for a time the best in the world in a big-man’s game.

Barely 6 feet tall, Iverson asked no quarter and gave no quarter and he backed down to no one.

He was an inspiration on the court, and it’s why he’s one of this writer’s all-time favorites.

The others:

Charles Barkley – Blood, sweat and beers. He worked hard on the court and lived hard off the court. Today, he’s the most entertaining TV analyst in sports.

Wilt Chamberlain – No one – including Michael Jordan – ruled the NBA the way Big Wilt did. For his career, he averaged nearly 23 rebounds a game, and that’s secondary to his average of 30 points a game. His last season, he shot 73 percent from the field. Another season, just for the heck of it, he wanted to lead the league in assists. And he did.

Nate “Tiny” Archibald – Google his stats, too. He is the only player to lead the NBA in scoring average and assists in the same season.

Larry Bird – Could shoot, pass, intimidate and – along with Magic Johnson – saved the NBA in the 1980s.

Honorable mention: Magic Johnson, who brought flash and fun to the game. Rick Barry, who filled it up like Exxon. Steve Nash, who was more innovative than Edison. George 'The Iceman' Gervin, who had a finger roll like Horowitz.

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