GQ just realized it’s latest issue featuring the “25 Coolest Athletes of All-Time” yesterday. Julius “Dr. J” Erving made the list, which is no surprise. He was as cool as the other side of the pillow.
Other names include no-brainers like Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, hipster Tim Lincecum, Tom Brady, and Evel Knievel. But also on this list is… Allen Iverson?
Iverson, who was playing basketball in Turkey on a two-year $4 million contract until an injury put him on hiatus, made the crossover move huge. He sold a ton of jerseys, and even more pairs of Reeboks than any of us can count. His cornrows popped up on every basketball-loving kid’s head at some point during his 14-year NBA career, and he was wholly responsible for it.
I was getting set to write this short piece to rip GQ’s selection, but the more I think about it, the harder it is to do. In reflection, Iverson really defined an entire generation of hip hop.
The crossover, the shoes, the jerseys, the cornrows, the attitude, and the swagger made Allen Iverson one of the most interesting players in the NBA, especially during his tenure with the Sixers.
So… maybe he is cool, or at least he was. But top 25? I’m not so sure. I’ll tell you one thing, though. He’s not cooler than Shaq, and the big man didn’t make GQ’s list.
And… um… Allen, are you regretting that tattoo on your hand now? (above) I’m sure you have the bags… but where’s the money?