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Philadelphia fans made it known they wanted to see one of their sports heroes play one last time.
Allen Iverson acknowledged the crowd at Sunday's Big3 game in Philadelphia, but not even chants of "We want A.I." from the fans convinced the 76ers Hall of Famer to play in his team's game at Wells Fargo Center.
Iverson released a video shown to the crowd saying he would not play because of an injury. He was on the sideline to coach his 3's Company team against the Tri-State squad coached by fellow 76ers Hall of Famer Julius Erving.
"I'm glad I had a chance to come back home," Iverson told the crowd following player introductions. "Ain't nothing like this relationship we have. I love you for supporting me throughout my career and still today you're still supporting me."
The chants soon followed with one fan yelling, "Do it for Philly!" There were even some boos, according to Philly.com.
Iverson did not speak with the media after his team's loss, but Erving did meet with reporters.
"Big3 is a new concept, but it's an old story," Erving said, via the Associated Press. "It's about playing ball the way we all learned how to play ball out in the playground, like the playgrounds all around Philadelphia."