Ex-76ers GM King: We hid Iverson's jersey so he wouldn't play injured

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The Philadelphia 76ers went to interesting lengths to prevent an injured Allen Iverson from suiting up for games.

Former Sixers general manager Billy King was a guest on the "Audacy NBA Show" and revealed that the team would hide Iverson's jersey when he was dealing with an injury.

"(Iverson) didn't wanna take a day off in games. Now practice, maybe, but games, he didn't wanna take the time off," King said. "When he was injured and we knew he couldn't play, we used to hide his jersey. Because he would come to the locker room looking for his jersey, we'd lock it somewhere so he couldn't get it."

King recalled one instance where Iverson couldn't find his sneakers before a game and sent a ball boy out to buy him a new pair.

"One time, in New York, he found his jersey but didn't have any shoes," King said. "He was trying to send the ball boy to the Foot Locker around the corner. He said, 'Just give me a pair of their Reeboks. I can play in those.' Then, he pointed to an attendant (and said), 'What size are you, just give me those shoes,' because he wanted to play so bad."

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