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The Heart of Allen Iverson Back in Philadelphia

Alex BudaContributor IDecember 4, 2009

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers wipes sweat from his face against the New York Knicks on November 26, 2005 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Knicks defeated the 76ers in overtime 105-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Listen up kids, I got a story to tell you.

This story is a story you may or may not have heard.

You see, once upon a time, a young warrior, lost and without a path, finds a home in Philadelphia. In this city, he developed an identity. An identity so clear that he developed an objective.

The objective was to find his city's ring, but the path to get there was cruel.

For years he fought his enemies for the ring but he could not conquer them. One time he got close, but he was defeated by the men of large lakes.

After years of frustration he left on a new journey for the ring. His identity remained the same but the man who was once known as the answer became a question in himself.

A question of struggle.

A question of dominance.

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A question of perseverance.

And somewhere along this path, he lost his identity and then he lost his way home.

So how do you like it so far?

I know, it's sad.

This warrior had an objective his whole life. He poured his heart into making this objective into a reality.

Try telling the other warriors practicing in their backyards—even as you read these words—that their dream is no more than a fantasy.

You see, when you pour your heart into something, it makes things fuzzy and it can make you think unclear.

He needed to move forward and took a big step in that by announcing his retirement from his journey of finding the ring.

But then something happened, an opportunity arisen.

He was given the chance to come back to the city he started in, the city he poured his heart into.

This was unexpected and surprising but he was given a choice. No matter what choice he made at this point, he knew that he could not go back.

The time lost between then and now was spent for growth and maturity.

He could of turned his back, but the only problem with that is, he retired without an identity.

This isn't about the ring anymore.

This isn't about the glory.

This is about redemption.

He was given his identity back but now his objective has changed. His objective is not to find the ring anymore. He left that behind. Now he is looking to restore his image.

Well, that's the story. Hope you...

...what's that?

What happens next you ask?

Well, it looks like we're just going to have to wait and see.

It seems as if destiny has taken its course, as he will start out by facing the city of Denver and Detroit.

Coincidence?

I think not!

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