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Name: Allen Iverson                                                                     
Born: June 7, 1975                                                                     
Hampton, Virginia                                                                       
Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia), nicknamed A.I.           
and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver           
Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. An 11-year veteran at the age of       
32, he is considered to be one of the most prolific and consistent scorers in           
the history of the game (his career average of 28 points per contest is third           
all-time behind only Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain).                             
Iverson was a member of the gold medal winning 1995 USA Basketball World               
University Games Team that finished 7-0 in Fukuoka, Japan. Part of a team that         
included future NBA stars Ray Allen, Tim Duncan, Kerry Kittles, Othella                 
Harrington, Austin Croshere and others. Led the USA in scoring, assists and             
steals averaging 16.7 points, 6.1 assists and 2.9 steals a game, while shooting         
56.0 percent from the field overall and 37.5 percent from beyond the 3-point           
Iverson spoke on being selected to playing for USA Basketball in 2003: "It's a         
great feeling to be able to represent the USA. It's an honor. It's a tribute to         
all the coaches I've had in my life - Coach (Larry) Brown, Coach (John) Thompson       
and my high school coach, Mike Bailey. I feel good about being able to make a           
team like this - it's really one of the great things I've done in my life. It           
makes me feel good about the person my mom raised."                                     
"I'm excited about being able to play with the best in the world. I know if I'm         
surrounded by great players, it's going to bring out the greatness in my game."         
Helped lead the USA to a 10-0 record, the gold medal and a qualifying berth for         
the 2004 Olympics at the August 20-31 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying                 
Tournament in Puerto Rico. Started all eight games he played in, and averaged a         
team second best 14.3 ppg., 3.8 apg., 2.5 rpg., 1.6 spg., while shooting 56.2           
percent (41-73 FGs) from the field and 53.6 percent (15-28 3pt FGs) from 3-point       
and 81.0 percent (17-21 FTs) from the foul line.                                       
In the USA's 111-71 victory over Canada on August 25, he accounted for an USA           
Olympic Qualifying single game record 28 points and made a single game record           
seven 3-pointers. Playing just 23 minutes, he shot 10-for-13 overall, 7-for-8           
from 3-point, 1-for-1 from the foul line and added three assists, three steals         
and one rebound. All seven of his 3-point field goals were made during the final       
7:41 of the third quarter.                                                             
He finished the tournament ranked overall tied for 10th in scoring, tied for           
fourth in steals, fifth in 3-point percentage, tied for seventh in assists, and         
ninth in field goal percentage (.562).                                                 
He missed the USA's final two games because of a sprained right thumb which was         
suffered in the first half of the August 28 Puerto Rico game.                           
Recorded 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field overall, and added five           
assists and three rebounds in 26 minutes of action in the USA's 101-74                 
exhibition game victory over Puerto Rico on August 17 in New York, N.Y.                 
Named on April 29, 2003, to the 2003 USA Senior National Team.                         
2004 Olympics                                                                           
Olympic medal record                                                                   
Men's Basketball                                                                       
Bronze 2004 Athens United States                                                       
The team's performance at the Olympic Games, however, would ultimately prove to         
be a disappointment. During the exibition period prior the Games, Iverson and           
LeBron James were benched for a game for having arrived late to a practice             
session. The United States' team had played a dismal game versus Germany, which         
had failed to qualify for the Olympic competition. Iverson did succeed in               
keeping the game from going into overtime with a miraculous half-court shot in         
the closing seconds. Despite the dramatic win, the team continued to struggle.         
After being humiliated by a Puerto Rican team during the round robin play, they         
would ultimately claim a bronze medal, a disappointing showing by US basketball