Iverson Makes No Apologies For All-Star Start

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Allen Iverson makes no apologies for being voted to start in the All-Star game and doesn’t care about critics who say he doesn’t deserve to be there.

Iverson was voted an Eastern Conference starter even though he’s played only 20 games. The Philadelphia 76ers guard briefly retired after an ill-fated stint with Memphis, and his 14.4 scoring average is well off his career mark.

Iverson calls all the fan support a blessing and says playing in the game is a “no brainer.” Iverson says fans have the right to vote any player into the game and he won’t disrespect the ones who picked him by sitting out.

He says fans love him because he’s never pretended to be perfect.

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