Allen Iverson plays in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets.
Allen weighs 165 pounds.
Allen is 6 feet tall.
Allen had his No. 3 jersey retired by Bethel High School (2/13/03), at a halftime ceremony honoring the school's 1993 State Championship.
Allen enjoys drawing when he has some free time.
Allen enjoys reading the magazine, Sportas Illustrated.
Allen's favorite actor is Samuel L. Jackson.
Allen's favorite food is lasagna.
Allen's enjoys travelling to New York.
Allen's favorite NBA city is Philadelphia.
Allen and his wife, Tawanna have 4 children, 2 daughters, Tiaura and Messiah and 2 sons, Allen II and Isaiah Rahsaan.
Allen wears size 10.5 trainers.
Allen scored a Sixers single-game Playoff record and is tied for 10th in NBA Playoff history with 54 points in Game 2 versus Toronto on 5/9/01.
Allen scored a career-high, NBA season-high and tied the fourth best mark in Sixers history with 58 points versus Houston on 1/15/02.
Allen is currently a two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP.
Allen became the second player in franchise history, since Wilt Chamberlain, to score 60 or more points in a game when he dropped a career-high 60 points vs. Orlando.
Allen was voted MVP of the 2005 NBA All-Star Game after finishing with 15 points, nine assists and four steals in his sixth-straight All-Star Game as a starter for the Eastern Conference.
Allen finished the 2004-05 season with 2,302 points, marking the second highest single-season scoring total in franchise history since Wilt Chamberlain, who had 2,649 in the 1965-1966 season.
Allen scored 40 points in five straight games in April 1997 to set an NBA rookie record.
Allen set the Sixers all-time rookie record with 1,787 points.
Allen was named the 2000-01 NBA Most Valuable Player, leading the league in scoring with 31.1 ppg and steals with 2.51 spg.
Allen scored 40 points in a game against Seattle on February 19, 2004 for the 50th time.
Allen served as a co-captain for Team USA at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, and led the team in scoring with 13.8 ppg.
Allen hosts the Allen Iverson Celebrity Classic during the off-season, a weekend that includes a celebrity softball game.
Allen is naturally left handed.
Allen's primary position is Point Guard.
Allen was named an Eastern Conference All-Star starter in 2004 for the 5th year in a row. From 2000 - 2004
Allen released a rap album in 2000 called 40 Bars under the alias "Jewelz".
Allen attended and played basketball at Georgetown University.
Allen: We've got a guy on the team who was 8 years old when I first got into the league.
Allen: I don't want to be any problem to him, ... I just want to be somebody that, when he has a problem, he can come talk to me about it.
Allen: But when you want to come to work, it makes things that much better. Mentally, when you're at work, it doesn't feel like work. When you take the fun part away from basketball, that's a problem.
Allen: He has that confidence, that swagger with him. He doesn't feel like a little young guy out of place anymore. He feels welcome. He knows that, that's his spot and he's a part of this franchise.
Allen: The whole team learned a lot tonight. I was glad to we had that situation where it was a close game and we had to get it done. We had to get a stop. We showed a lot of character there.
Allen: It sends a bad message to kids. If you don't have a suit when you go to school, is the teacher going to think you're a bad kid?
Allen: Everybody's trying to get better, even myself.
Allen: I dress to make myself comfortable. I really do have a problem with it. it's just not right.
Allen: I think he had a great camp. I think it's the first year John's playing relaxed and you can tell by what he's doing out there on the basketball court.
Allen: I would tell [former coach Larry Brown] that we should try this and he would try it, ... The last couple of years, that fell away. I didn't have input. I didn't do too much talking because I couldn't.
Allen: This was a dream for me, ever since coach [Larry] Brown left. I wanted Maurice Cheeks to be the coach and now it's finally here. It's just different for me. I feel like in the 10 years that I've been playing, the atmosphere should have always been like it is. I should have always wanted to come to work every day and not play hard or go after people because I was upset about something.
Allen: I think if Yao Ming was on my team, we'd probably have a 100 percent chance of winning an NBA championship.
Allen: We're looking at our own sizes, we're looking at our friends' sizes.
Allen: God blessed us, ... It rained but we're still out here. This is what life is about. I'm glad I could get out here to put some smiles on these kids' faces.
Allen: His spirit was up, but I don't know how much it could be. It was just rough, because I love him as a person and a teammate. I just hope he does what's best for him.
Allen: It makes it that much easier for me, especially when he gets that attention on the post and people double him, and I get the entry pass. I get people running out at me, I can drive to the basket or hit that shot. And running the pick-and-roll, when guys try to take the ball out of my hands, all I do is make that one little pass at the free throw line. And when (Webber) is knocking it down, it's tough for a team to stop us.
Allen: Honestly, we know that we're fighting for a playoff position. I just don't want to settle for the eighth spot. If we play these games out and win most of them, we can get up to the seventh, or maybe even the sixth spot.
Allen: I think that with this team, we honestly worry about other things besides team concepts.
Allen: I'm not pointing fingers at anybody, but as a group we're not playing hard enough to win basketball games. We don't seem hungry. We don't seem like we want to make it to the playoffs.
Allen: I never seen a rookie get that many calls going to the basket. He kind of reminded myself of me when I was a rookie, just going in there and being able to get calls and all the veterans saying they never seen a rookie get calls like that.
Allen: Saying something won't mean anything. We're gonna have to do it. I can't tell you anything that's gonna make you feel like we can turn it around. All I can do is believe in that and realize we're still alive. We still have a chance to make it into another season, and that's the most important part of all of it.
Allen: I can't tell you anything that is going to make you feel like we are going to turn it around. All I can say is we are still alive and we still have a chance. And that is worth fighting for.
Allen: We thought we had chances to get back into the game. We turned the ball over here and there, and they did what great teams do - they took advantage of it. When you are playing against a good team like (Detroit), you have to take advantage of the opportunities and you can't throw the ball away.
Allen: There's no way to explain it. We just got beat up. We're not stop-ping nobody, man. ... And if we can't stop nobody on the defensive end then it's hard to get into any type of running game, easy baskets. Every time they're scoring on us, and we're coming down and playing against a half-court set.
Allen: Every game is important for us. We didn't act like it tonight.
Allen: I hope [my teammates] were glad I was back and I hope that I did give them some confidence.
Allen: It felt like it was the first game of the season. It was just fun to be back out there and be in the environment and playing with my team and trying to help.
Allen: I hope they were glad I was back and I hope that I did give them some type of confidence. It's important for my confidence for me to feel wanted and be able to go out there and make something happen.
Allen: I know I am healthy enough to go out there and not hurt my teammates.
Allen: It's sore, but that's what I expected. I knew that once I missed the road trip that I was going to try to go the first game back. We had a couple of days off and I had a chance to practice once, so I'll be ready to go tomorrow.
Allen: It was a fun game to watch. Everybody just came together. Chris just did a great job of putting everybody on his back.
Allen: I took the shot, and I was walking backwards to see if it was going in, and he [the ball boy] had his foot out there, and I stepped on it and rolled over.
Allen: She was laying on the floor and she'd be having her arm around me.
Allen: Come the fourth quarter, we buckled down and got the stop and made some good plays offensively. Earl, I don't want to call him a backup point guard because he's just as good as many guards in this league.
Allen: That was my fault. Obviously, [Anthony Johnson] played good defense. I was looking to go right. He cut me off and got up on me really close, and I had to give it up. Basically, it was good defense and I made a bad play.
Allen: To fight like we fought the majority of the game and then for that to happen to us with 4.9 seconds on the clock is just devastating.
Allen: That was my fault. Basically it was just good defense and I made a bad play..
Allen: His opinion is his opinion - and it's just that. I don't have anything negative to say about him, and I don't have anything negative to say about the situation.
Allen: His opinion is his opinion - and it's just that. I don't have anything negative to say about him, and I don't have anything negative to say about the situation.
Allen: To fight like we fought for the majority of the game and to have that happen with 2.9 seconds on the clock is just devastating. We played well. We shared the ball, played good solid defense and we pretty much rebounded with them for the whole game. We just didn't get it done.
Allen: For that to happen with 4.9 seconds left, it's devastating.
Allen: Obviously, it's bad if I couldn't return. I'll just get the MRI and see what it really is... I had problems walking, so I knew I couldn't do any running. I couldn't go. It's real swollen and sore.
Allen: It was a team effort. We did everything that we needed for the win. You can't put it on one thing. We've been doing a lot of things well. We're playing well together. We're defending. We're doing a lot of positive things out there. We're putting ourselves in a (position) to win. We're giving ourselves a chance every night, just playing well defensively. We feel like every night we can score 100 points, but we've got to stop people.
Allen: I'm just trying to do a little more talking to the guys and assuring them I'm with them regardless, mistakes or no mistakes. I feel like it's important to let your teammates know that they can make mistakes, because you're definitely gonna make them. We feel like we can make mistakes and live with them if they're aggressive mistakes. I just talk to my squad as much as I can and just try to be there for them because that's what they do for me.
Allen: You can't just put it on one thing. We have been doing a lot of things well. We are playing well together, we are defending, we are doing a lot of positive things out there.
Allen: There's only one thing I still haven't done and that's win (the championship). That's the only thing I want now.
Allen: I just wasn't picked. I'm not bitter. I'm not mad. It just means I'll get to spend more time with my wife and kids over the next three summers. I still hope they bring back the gold. I'm just honored to have played before.
Allen: We had our chance to get back in the game in the third quarter when Dirk went down but Jet (Terry) and Marquis picked up their games and we didn't.
Allen: Once you get away and come back, you're ready to go. But knowing it's a fresh start, like a new season; we're taking it one game at a time.
Allen: Last night they kind of took me out of the game defensively and my teammates stepped up. Tonight was just a little different. I stepped up in the fourth quarter. We just need everyone to contribute.
Allen: It's big for us because we know the other teams are right around us for the playoffs. (But) we are not approaching games like that. We are just trying to win the game. We don't feel like we need to settle for the eighth or seventh seed, we feel like we can get as high as we want to.
Allen: We just need everyone to contribute. We feel like this is a whole new season for us..
Allen: We tried it different ways in the first half of the season and now we just have to do it the way Mo Cheeks wants it done every night.
Allen: I promise you it's not that. If I can play the way I played the last two games from some controversy, I will hope there's controversy going on all of the time.
Allen: It's an honor you know to be able to accomplish something like that knowing what he meant to this franchise and to the league. It's a great accomplishment, but without my guys, there's no way to get that accomplished.
Allen: Chris and myself, some nights we're going to struggle and we're not going to be able to get it done. We need other guys to step up. When you get 31 from a guy off the bench, you're supposed to win that game.
Allen: If that doesn't let us know we can beat a good team, I don't know what will. Hopefully this one will give us some confidence, coming back on the World Champs.
Allen: We moved the ball around today. Everybody did a great job playing off each other.
Allen: We're going to need team efforts, we're going to need each other down the stretch. With 29 games to go, we've got to win more than half of those to give us a better seed in the playoffs. We don't want to settle for the eighth spot. We want to try and get as high as we can.
Allen: We're going to need team efforts and we need each other down the stretch.
Allen: That is just something that I don't deal with. You may not think about it as much, but it is something that you must think about because if guys have families here and maybe have to get up and just leave. It would be tough, so it's something to think about. It is part of the business and you just have to deal with it as a professional.
Allen: If that didn't let him know this weekend that he can be a great player in this league, then nothing will. But I think he got the message.
Allen: I want to win a ring. I want to have the opportunity to get back to the Finals. All that matters is us getting into the playoffs, because then, anything can happen.
Allen: I want to win a ring. I want to have an opportunity to get back to the Finals, but I just have to take it one day at a time, and understand that it can happen -- and I always believe it. Once I stop believing the goal can be accomplished, there is no need to keep dressing up every night. All that matters is us getting into the playoffs, because then, anything can happen.
Allen: It's not like defenses are out there just giving guys 50 and 60 points. You have to look at what's going on this season and realize there are just as many great players playing today as there ever has been in this game.
Allen: We just got whipped from the beginning of the game to the end. They did everything right and we did nothing right.
Allen: The first appearance is always going to be the most memorable. This one is special because I'm 30 years old and you hear all the negative things about your game declining and at this point you should be breaking down. I still go out and play hard every night and give it my all. I guess the fans recognize that because they put me in the All-Star game.
Allen: We've just got to understand that (tonight) is a different day and we've got to perform better than we did (Wednesday) night.
Allen: They're a good team, but it means more because we won the game. It didn't really matter what team came in here tonight, (we) just had to win the game. We had to get off the (streak). Regardless of who it was, we just had to win the basketball game.
Allen: If I had an explanation, I'd give it. We just got whipped from beginning to end. They did everything right, and we couldn't do anything right.
Allen: We just got whipped from the beginning of the game to the end. They were making shots, they executed well both offensively and defensively. They just played real well tonight.
Allen: We just believed in each other, got defensive stops when we needed them and executed our offense. We were able to make something happen.
Allen: You just have to want to do it. I don't know how but I know that it has to be done. I know if we get frustrated and start turning on each other that it is only going to get worse.
Allen: We stopped doing the things that got us the lead, both offensively and defensively. You can feel it. You're not getting easy shots anymore.
Allen: Just inconsistent. But the positive part of it all is that the season's not over. (We've) still got a chance to get into the playoffs and start a new season. For us to tank it now would be crazy. (We're) definitely not going to give up. We've got a long way to go.
Allen: All of it is bad. We just struggled so badly offensively. We just couldn't put the ball in the basket. They did a great job with Tracy (McGrady) struggling. Sloppy, we just didn't play well, just didn't take care of the ball.
Allen: You have to be a strong teammate when you're playing with me. And I have to be strong myself because of the controversy, just putting me against my team one second, and then putting my team against me the next second.
Allen: We didn't do enough offensively to get it done, and we don't usually say that.
Allen: The whole paper is like a book, Tales From the Dark Side or something.
Allen: There may be one million people who love me, there may be 10 million people who hate me. What do I do? I go to battle for those 1 million people.
Allen: I was like a kid in a candy store. It felt like the first game of the season because I was excited to be back.
Allen: It's an honor. It's tough enough just to make an All-Star team, but when you're able to be a starter, it just says a lot about being pretty much one of the faces of the NBA because the fans pick you.
Allen: Yeah, but I know who it is. It's [the media]. It's not like it's coming from my teammates or it's coming from the loyal fans. It's the newspapers, it's the media. The worst thing is just looking at the newspaper. You see terrorism on the front page, then you see all the deaths in Philadelphia on the local page, then you get to the sports page, when it's supposed to be something gratifying and you see even more negativity.
Allen: Forty-one games in, you should know how to close out games.
Allen: Its easy to say that because we have been winning. Obviously we have been playing good enough defense to win basketball games, but we still need to get better.
Allen: I feel good about how we're trying to get better defensively. We're nowhere near where we want to be, but I like the effort.
Allen: We can score on anybody. But we have to focus on defense. They were just outworking us. Everybody has to step up, period, for us to be a better team.
Allen: We just didn't finish the game off. We've been having that problem all season. Our problem is just stopping people and rebounding the basketball. Until we get that under control, we're going to continue to struggle through 2006 as well.
Allen: We score with the best of them. If we concentrate on defense like we do on offense, then we'll win a lot more ballgames.
Allen: We aren't playing defense and we aren't rebounding the basketball. This has gotten off to a bad start, but we have to find a way to turn it around.
Allen: We're not playing defense. We're not defending or rebounding the ball. That's taking away a lot of baskets because we can't run and we can't stop anybody.
Allen: It's a big win for us. Just because we've been struggling to win a game after a game. You feel good about not giving up one after we win one.
Allen: It was a great feeling, man. My first time being here, people embracing me the way they were. It's something I'm going to cherish. It kind of made me more nervous, just wanting to give them a good show.
Allen: God blessed me with another opportunity. If that didn't work, I'd probably be in (the interview room) now, losing a lot of money.
Allen: We just needed it, period. Just for our sake, not as far as what everyone else is talking about. Just as competitors we just needed a game. We're struggling so badly right now. Then to lose this one would have been really bad, because we played really well defensively.
Allen: If it didn't work out right, I'd probably be in here losing a lot of my money. That was bad. At that juncture of the game and on a significant play like that, you have to be able to see that play.
Allen: We just needed win - period. We're just struggling so badly right now. Then to lose this would have been bad because we played really well defensively.
Allen: This would have been a bad one to lose, man, because we did put our effort on defense. We did play one of the best defensive games that we played.
Allen: You've heard me say it a million times just from me being in here so long. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don't have any heart, you're going to struggle as a player, and if the team doesn't have the heart, then the team is going to struggle.
Allen: He wasn't calm. He was angry, and he had every right to be. What I got out of it is that the guys need to take a challenge to make this team better. He talked about this bad time were going through and how we need to stick together. It's very important for us to stay together as a unit.
Allen: I just got more aggressive. I didn't have the ball in my hands that much in the first half because I was playing the 2-guard. When they took John out of the game in the second half, I handled the ball more and I was able to make things happen for myself and my teammates.
Allen: I've been seeing a different side basically all year long. His demeanor is totally different from being an assistant coach and the Maurice Cheeks that I got to know throughout the years of him being here. I expect it because he has a different role now.
Allen: The most I got out of it was that guys need to take a challenge to make this team better. He talked about during this bad time that we're going through right now that it was important for everybody to stick together.
Allen: We didn't get any stops. We are trying to get better defensively but we got beat by 30 points, so obviously we are not getting better defensively. Obviously if you get beat by 30 points then the coach can question your effort.
Allen: You might see effort, but you don't see enough to get us wins.
Allen: We're so many games in, we shouldn't be trying to find it. But that's what we're doing. That's what stage we're in right now. We're trying to get better defensively, and we got beat by , so, obviously, we're not getting better defensively.
Allen: I know we got guys in here who can get it done, because it happens on some nights. But it doesn't happen in others. This has to start with me, because I am our top offensive player. If I can send the message about playing defense, then I'm pretty sure everyone else will follow.
Allen: Our problem is not on offense. Our problem is defense, and until we realize that, we're going to struggle. If we figure it out and understand that we need to play [together] on the defensive end, then we'll get a lot better.
Allen: I want to play. Obviously we didn't get it done the first time I was a part of that team. If God blesses me with another opportunity to try it, it would be an honor. I would have a second shot at fulfilling one of my goals.
Allen: You have guys who give scouting reports. His were kind of animated at times, but they were straight to the point. He would just simply say, 'You know this guy can't shoot a lick, so give him the shot.' He was straight to the point about what guys could do on the floor. We all [miss him]; he was a big part of our team. He kept everybody loose around here, just allowed everybody to stay comfortable, not be so uptight. He's still with us, and we're with him in our prayers.
Allen: We don't have an identity as far as how we play on the defensive end. We always score, so it's obvious our problem is in other areas.
Allen: It's just learning the game more. Just trying to approach it in a John Stockton-type of way, to where you don't play so much with your physical ability all the time. You have to think the game out a lot more. That's where I'm a lot better. I know the game a lot more. I see things before they happen a lot.
Allen: Looking back on everything that happened with me and coach, 99 percent of the time it was my fault. I see that now, definitely. ... Now that he's gone, you understand you lost a lot.
Allen: They do a lot of cutting, back screens and stuff like that. We weren't ready to handle the back screens and all the cuts. ... They are a well-coached team, and it shows.
Allen: We don't have an identity as far as how we play on the defensive end. We might play well one night and on another night we won't play well. We always score the ball and average 100 points, so obviously our problem is in other areas. Until we take care of those problems, we're going to continue to struggle.
Allen: I don't really care if I play well or play bad, it's frustrating to lose the game. It doesn't do any good if we play well and lose basketball games. You still got a loss. It's like you didn't even go out there and do anything.
Allen: There are a lot of things we're doing wrong or we wouldn't be under .500. It's not like we're doing one or two things wrong.
Allen: There's a lot of things we're doing wrong, or we wouldn't be under .500. They're a well-coached team and it showed. They execute their plays, get the best shot possible down the court.
Allen: It felt terrible but I was glad I played all the way through so I didn't have to sit down and have it stiffen up. It stiffened up real bad at halftime but I managed to get through it.
Allen: I was struggling. I couldn't really go to the basket as quick as I wanted to. When I did it was real painful.
Allen: You don't want somebody shooting that had been making a lot of shots.
Allen: I was surprised that they just let me wind the clock down and take a shot. I told my teammates that I was going to wind it down. ... I was hoping if I did miss, the ball would bounce and the time would run out.
Allen: (refering to Andre Miller) I thought I got a pretty good look. He had a hand in my face but I got a great look.
Allen: I had my popcorn just like probably everybody else. I was watching, and I was calling people up on the phone to make sure they were watching it. It's like, when you see a game like that, you're so much a fan.
Allen: It's frustrating, because we wanted to go to the holiday with a win and unfortunately we couldn't do that. We have to get it out of our system, enjoy the holiday, and come back to work.
Allen: If we don't have Willie it's going to hurt us. But we have so many guys ready to step up.
Allen: I don't think it's good for the league. I really don't because it kind of makes it fake. Guys wearing those clothes don't want to be wearing those clothes.
Allen: I don't want them to take my money, either. That's just like taking it and burning it.
Allen: I thought he played great. He played well in training camp. I'm excited about it. We played well with each other tonight.
Allen: I think it would have been good if we could have played all pre-season games together. It will be something we'll have to deal with, something we'll have to fight through.
Allen: It probably was a fall and it swelled up on me. I kept playing on it. My doctors just said rest it as much as possible.
Allen: I think a lot of it has to do with the trade deadline being over. Guys are comfortable now that they're going to be here.
Allen: I'm used to us losing a couple of games and everybody pointing a finger at me.
Allen: Nine times out of 10, I'm playing Friday.
Allen: To me it's like starting all over. If you've watched any of the games I've played at the point guard position, it's honestly hard for other teams to stop it, because I'm putting pressure on guys. We don't always have to come down and rely on getting points off a set offense. We get a chance to run up and down the court and get a lot of easy baskets.
Allen: We're trying to get better, and we're not where we want to be -- but we've progressed. If we stay consistent on defense, we'll be fine. We'll get the easy baskets and then won't have rely on jumpers.
Allen: I could have played 48 minutes. I have never had problems with my conditioning before. For a coach to say that he thinks my conditioning isn't there, that was something new for me. Because nobody never told me that, nobody questioned my conditioning or injuries or anything like that.
Allen: We've got to come out the same way we come out in the second half, ... We've got to start the game with some sense of urgency. Once teams start hitting shots and get a read on us, it's gonna put our backs against the wall. That's something we need to be concerned about.
Allen: These guys don't have all the physical ability but they are able to win basketball games because they play the right way.
Allen: These guys don't play it at a level like a Vince Carter or Tracy McGrady or myself.
Allen: I feel like if they want us to dress a certain way, they should pay for our clothes. It's just tough, man, knowing that all of a sudden you have to have a dress code out of nowhere. I don't think that's going to help the image of the league at all. ... It kind of makes it fake. The whole thing is fake.
Allen: They played better offensively and we did a bad job guarding. We had a chance to put them away but we have been going through this the last couple of games, having leads and giving them up.
Allen: It was a great feeling (to sit out) because I didn't feel good at all. I was telling Coach when I was getting ready to go back in that I wasn't feeling that well and he just told me to come back, and fortunately everything worked out fine. I just didn't feel good. I was dizzy out there the whole game. Once I stopped playing at halftime and came back in, I just never felt right. I think I'm coming down with something.
Allen: What I've learned late in my career is, regardless of whether you play well or not, if the team doesn't win, it's all for nothing.
Allen: They are hungry and they needed to win desperately, so obviously they are going to bring energy and effort.
Allen: I think the biggest part of this was the fact that we were coming into an arena where the guys were 0-7.
Allen: We know that team was 0-6 and just for those guys to come in here and get a win would have been devastating to us. Our whole thing was to not let them get their first win on us in our house.
Allen: That's something we expect from Dre every night. We know he has the ability to shut people down.
Allen: Once they made one breakdown, they left me open, and I got a good look at it.
Allen: We're just happy. We wanted to win this game so bad. I've got to take my hat off to my teammates. They played big. They really picked me up tonight.
Allen: Everything isn't starting out well, but you have to look at it like we can turn it around.
Allen: I wasn't used to the attention, I wasn't used to having money, I wasn't used to being the main focus on an NBA team.
Allen: You play 82 games, and it's unheard of that you win every game, but this is one we should have had.
Allen: John is going to feel bad because of the situation. Probably he will react to something not that serious because of the situation.
Allen: I told him before the play that if both men went to me, to go to the basket and get a good shot. Things didn't go the way we wanted tonight.
Allen: I'm as disappointed as everybody else on my team. We wanted to go into the holidays with a win. We'll have to get this one out of our system and come back to work.
Allen: I guess it's just having time to play with each other and learning each other, just finding out how he wants to play and vice versa. He told me coming into the season that he wasn't doing his job if I didn't average four or five more points than I had been, and he was right because I am. We work together. We find out what plays we want to run. When we call plays for him, he tells me things he can do to get me an easy basket. And when a play is called for me, I let him know, if they take certain things away from me, what I can get for him. So it's just having some chemistry, being together and having a coach that understands that both of us need the ball and understands how both of us want to play.
Allen: It was great. It felt like we turned that corner. We had leads going into the fourth quarter and we weren't able to sustain them.
Allen: They knock Shaq about his free throws. I'm the one that needs to be getting knocked.
Allen: We just cracked. We had this game. We're not supposed to lose that one. I would rather get blown out.
Allen: If I start thinking about who's on the opposing team and I've got to play well against that team, then the next night when we play against guys without the big names, then you don't play so well. So you try and keep a consistent approach.
Allen: It was a great feeling, man. My first time being here, people embracing me the way they were. It's something I'm going to cherish ... It kind of made me more nervous, just wanting to give them a good show.
Allen: This is what you want. You want the big contract, and you want the people to show how much they want you. That's what Billy did today with those guys. He accepted them. It's important, because have some chemistry with each other. Sam and Kyle, they're starters on the team. I like the look of our team, and I like the direction we're heading. I'm just looking forward to trying to win a championship with them.
Allen: I kind of was frustrated with myself in the sense that I was missing easy shots.
Allen: Just getting back into the game and making it a game is all heart. It feels bad, though, because we don't give that effort in the beginning and then we start showing the heart when we're about to get blown out. You have to play like that in the beginning and get stronger as the game goes on.
Allen: They're targeting guys who dress like me -- guys who dress hip-hop. Put a murderer in a suit, and he's still a murderer. It sends a bad message to kids.
Allen: They want us to get down. I'm going to get down.
Allen: I just continue to play the way that made me successful in this league. Once I stop being aggressive on the basketball court, I'll be hurting my team more than helping them.
Allen: I had a lot of growing up to do. A lot of times, I learned the hard way.
Allen: I still have yet to accomplish what I've been trying to do from Day 1.
Allen: Just because you put a guy in a tuxedo, it doesn't mean he's a good guy.
Allen: It's unfair because the people booing, I believe, wouldn't want to have their child booed. Fans don't understand our lives and what we go through. They don't look at us as humans. We love the fans because they support and love the game, but at the same time it hurts when they turn their back on us.