Sport Allen Iverson: Why I Trusted The Process With Joel Embiid From Day One

23:10  13 april  2018
23:10  13 april  2018 Source:   ThePostGame.com

Allen Iverson imagined 'The Crossover' long before he schooled Michael Jordan

  Allen Iverson imagined 'The Crossover' long before he schooled Michael Jordan It became one of the most iconic plays in NBA history, but in the moment, on March 12, 1997, Allen Iverson was unaware of what he had done when he crossed up Michael Jordan. Iverson was a rookie, and the Philadelphia 76ers were 16-45. But The Crossover was years in the making.

Joel Embiid recreates Allen Iverson 's iconic SLAM cover. Did you reach out to Allen Iverson at all during the process ? “ I think he trusted us to do the right thing with the cover and produce a nice cover package, so he was super easy to work with.

Joel Embiid ’s rookie season proved why he’s the franchise player the Sixers were searching for—and the kind of star personality Philadelphia loves. Even Allen Iverson , who once instilled a liveliness into Philly basketball that Embiid can only hope to almost rival, is “ I see everything, trust me ,” he says.

In 1996, the Philadelphia 76ers found themselves with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. With the Julius Erving-Moses Malone-Charles Barkley era firmly in the rearview mirror, it was time for a new chapter in Sixers history. That year, Philly found its next superstar: Allen Iverson.

Two decades later, Iverson is still tapped into Sixers culture. During the 2014 draft, Iverson says he saw the future. He was all aboard the Joel Embiid train, as the Sixers selected their current center at No. 3 after the Cavaliers took his Kansas teammate Andrew Wiggins and the Bucks chose Jabari Parker.

Allen Iverson imagined 'The Crossover' long before he schooled Michael Jordan

  Allen Iverson imagined 'The Crossover' long before he schooled Michael Jordan It became one of the most iconic plays in NBA history, but in the moment, on March 12, 1997, Allen Iverson was unaware of what he had done when he crossed up Michael Jordan. Iverson was a rookie, and the Philadelphia 76ers were 16-45. But The Crossover was years in the making.

We have more important matters to get to, like the pure, steamy love affair we’re embarking on with Joel Embiid , who scored a career-high 33 points (in 27 minutes!) last night in a win over the Nets. Why do that, Process ?

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"I'm so happy," Iverson says. "When we drafted JoJo, basically, we kind of knew that the other two guys were gonna go one and two, and I was just telling everybody, I told coach, told all my friends and my family, I said, 'Even though he's hurt, that's the best talent in the draft.' I love the fact that I spread that around before we drafted him and now, you see what happened in his development and him getting better and him being out there on the basketball court. Now, I get to just tell everybody, 'I told you so,' and brag on it."

Embiid missed two full seasons due to injuries before playing 31 games as a rookie in 2016-17. This season, Embiid appeared in 63 games, averaging 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. He made his first All-Star Game and started for Team Stephen.

WATCH: Joel Embiid conducts interview in black mask

  WATCH: Joel Embiid conducts interview in black mask Joel Embiid is getting himself used to wearing a mask. The Philadelphia 76ers star was seen wearing a black mask before the team’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. He then conducted an interview with the media while wearing the mask.

Joel “ The Process ” Embiid has fully embraced the “ Trust the process ” mantra. He uses it for everything. When Ben Simmons got injured: Trust the process . Allen Iverson wrote fantastic captions for his photos with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Joel Embiid is out for the year and his Rookie of the Year odds seem to be shrinking every day . Like when Allen Iverson grabbed Embiid in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center in January and yelled “My nickname is The Process , and in my mind it’s like, something processing , or something loading.

Iverson recently talked about Embiid and the Sixers at a Thuzio discussion with NBC Sports Philadelphia's Marc Zumoff in Philadelphia.

The Sixers open their first postseason since 2012 by hosting the Heat on Saturday.

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