Iverson rumored to be part of Palestra game

Allen Iverson will be in Philadelphia Saturday night to host a VIP event. (Clem Murray/Staff file photo)

As the days creep closer to Sunday’s anticipated “Battle For I-95,” it’s only natural that rumors would begin to swirl.

The latest rumbling is that former-76ers guard Allen Iverson may join Team Philly as they take on Team Melo at the Palestra. One of the most popular athletes in city history, Iverson will be in town Saturday night to host “The Return”, a VIP event at the Vault Ultra Lounge at 460 N. 2nd Street, near Christopher Columbus Blvd.

When reached by The Inquirer’s Kate Fagan, game organizer Rahim Thompson said “no comment.” He also tweeted that response when asked by someone else. Iverson has the same agent, Leon Rose, as fellow game participants Carmello Anthony, LeBron James and Chris Paul. Rose’ receptionist said she had no information on that matter and directed an inquiry via email.

The lone time James played at the Palestra, as a high schooler in 2002, Iverson sat at press row wearing an oversized Sixers coat and matching flatbrim hat. Iverson played alongside Team Philly guard Lou Williams when Iverson returned to the Sixers in Dec. of 2009. He spent part of last season playing professionally in Turkey.

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