Allen Iverson Surprises Philadelphia, Presents Sixers Game Ball Before Game 6

Holly MacKenzie@stackmackNBA Lead BloggerMay 23, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 26:  Basketball player Allen Iverson speaks during a news conference at the Thomas & Mack Center to announce the Las Vegas Superstar Challenge October 26, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The three-game tournament will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 12 and 13, 2011, and will feature four teams made up of NBA players, former NBA players and rookies. Iverson will serve as a captain for one of the teams.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The 76ers received a pregame boost before Game 6 tipped off in Philly Wednesday night.

Sporting a Lou Williams jersey and a Sixers hat, Sixers hero Allen Iverson walked out the game ball as the crowd erupted in applause. Iverson presented the game ball and lots of hugs for referee Joey Crawford, Doug Collins and the Philadelphia huddle.

While it was wonderful to see Iverson again, it was bittersweet to have to watch him walk out of the huddle and off of the court. After falling out of the NBA, he is still eager to play the game and said so during an in-game interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters. When Salters said she hasn't heard him say he's retired, he responded by saying, "I'm not using that word [retired]. I want to play basketball so bad. The way it is right now, I've accepted the fact that [NBA] may not happen, but I still want to play basketball."

There are so many Iverson fans out there who feel the same way. With the dismal shooting and scoring struggles in the first half, the Sixers probably wished they were able to tell him to suit up and get on the floor.

Maybe one day.

Here's the video of Iverson's appearance: