ai1SLAM Magazine and Allen Iverson have been linked for some time now. In 1996, SLAM gave AI, still at Georgetown, his first national magazine cover. The publication would go on to feature Iverson on 15 more covers over the course of his career, including the iconic “Soul On Ice” issue in ’99. The basketball geniuses over at SLAM now deliver a special collector’s issue in commemoration of the Sixers guard. The issue includes exclusive interviews, never-before-seen photos, and all things sneaker-related about #3. The special edition mag hit newsstands last week, reaching the masses just before The Answer’s jersey retirement ceremony last night in Philadelphia. This is a must cop if you, like many of us at UPC, grew up watching and trying to emulate AI torture defenses with his killer crossover.

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