On March 23, NBA legend Allen Iverson made an emotional return to Philadelphia as he delivered the game ball to center court prior to tip off of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals series between the 76ers and Boston Celtics. By appearing in front of more than 20,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center and millions of others who were watching the game on ESPN, Iverson also took the opportunity to promote his Reebok Question Mid sneakers that he wore in red and white during his entrance to the floor.
Originally released in 1996, the Question would become one of the best-selling Reebok sneakers ever created and a staple of nearly every “Top Sneaker” list. The shoe featured a full-grain leather upper and a pearlized outsole. This also marked the first time that Reebok utilized the honey-comb shaped Hexalite cushioning system alongside the shoe which provides enhanced shock absorption in areas of peak pressure. The Question Mid was one of the most popular models in Iverson’s signature Reebok line. Although Iverson is no longer in the NBA and had a brief playing stint in Turkey, he still wants to keep his playing options open.
“I’m not using that word [retired],” he said to ESPN’s Lisa Salters during the game. “I want to play basketball so bad. The way it is right now, I’ve accepted the fact that [the NBA] may not happen, but I still want to play basketball.”
Iverson has been quite aggressive in his promotion of the shoe. He is featured in the new “Street Knock” video from Swizz Beatz where he can be seen crossing over and showing off his array of ball-handling skills.
The Question Mid will be available to the public on March 25 through Reebok.com as well as Jimmy Jazz, Villa, Shoe Palace, Shiekh’s, and others for $125.