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Allen Iverson has continued to plague us with the same thought during this 2002-03 Philadelphia 76ers season, "Why isn't he under consideration to be an Olympian?" Iverson, seemingly a man on a mission, continues to show us why he should receive an invitation to participate on the 2004 U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball team. Night in and night out he shows us why he is Allen Iverson, "The Answer." Now Iverson can add another nickname to his acclaim, "Allen Iverson the Olympian." With three games left in season Iverson finally got his wish. This past Thursday, Iverson, 27, was told he would receive an invitation to play. The team will be coached by the 76ers' and Iverson's head coach Larry Brown and the summer games will take place in Athens, Greece starting August 14, 2004. Upon after word of his invitation, Iverson said, "It's just a great feeling to be able to represent (the) USA. It's an honor and it's something that I will cherish for the rest of my life." Following a 25-point outburst that night in Philadelphia's 99-78 win over the Boston Celtics Iverson continued, "It has a lot to do with respect. Only the elite players represent their country." Iverson has consistently been one of the league's premier scorers, but his off court troubles have overwhelmed his dazzling play on it. He has been marked by controversy during his entire seven-year career, all with the 76ers. In 1997, Iverson plead no contest to a gun charge after police stopped a car in Richmond, VA, which he was a passenger and found a gun belonging to Iverson and two marijuana cigarettes. Iverson completed 100 hours of community service, two years of drug testing and three years probation, after which his record was expunged. Recent troubles include an alleged gun incident. On July 11th of 2002, Iverson supposedly barged into an apartment threatening two men with a gun while looking for his life....
Bibliography: "The Philadelphia Inquirer"
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