Allen Iverson returns to Philadelphia for Big 3 game, but doesn't play

Allen Iverson returns to Philadelphia for Big 3 game, but doesn't play

Allen Iverson returns to Philadelphia for Big 3 game, but doesn't play

"I'm glad I had a chance to come back home", Iverson told the crowd after introductions. "I love you for supporting me throughout my career, and still today you're still supporting me".

So, he assumed his role as coach of 3's Company in Ice Cube's 3-on-3 league.

Still, Sunday, fans chanted "We want AI!"

However, just hours before he was scheduled to play in a Big3 game in Philly, Iverson backed out, saying his doctors advised him not to play.

Allen Iverson walked onto a familiar court to a rousing ovation and then took an unfamiliar spot on the sideline.

The former 76er and Detroit Piston is the biggest former NBA star associated with the league which runs 3-on-3 basketball games featuring former NBA players.

So far this season, Iverson has scored six points on 3-of-13 shooting.

Julius Erving, coach of the Tri-State team, embraced Iverson and whispered in his ear before addressing the crowd first.

"Big3 is a new concept, but it's an old story", Erving said, via ESPN.

Iverson did not speak with the media after his team's loss, but Erving did meet with reporters.

The announcement was made on Iverson's Instagram page prior to the game.

"A.I. not playing was disappointing to everybody, including myself", the rapper-actor wrote.