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Mama's Boys
Gary Smith
April 23, 2001
Two fiercely competitive small men in a big man's game, two sons of hardworking single moms—Allen Iverson and Larry Brown are so much alike that only their mothers could tell them apart...and bring them together.
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April 23, 2001

Mama's Boys

Two fiercely competitive small men in a big man's game, two sons of hardworking single moms—Allen Iverson and Larry Brown are so much alike that only their mothers could tell them apart...and bring them together.

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Larry asked me to help him this year, and I am, because Bubba Chuck had so many people around him against Larry Brown. That means nothin', 'cause I'm for him. Larry's got so much determination and caring in him—I can see it in his big brown eyes. Sure as my name is Ann Iverson, Larry Brown's gonna win a championship here.

I met him in the X-ray room when he came back to check on Bubba Chuck's shoulder during a game. I told Larry he was meant to be here. Why question it? Why run? Sure, soon as Larry takes Allen out of a game, there's gonna be a stink in the air. That's just how Bubba Chuck is. I told Larry if you let Allen Iverson think you're a softy, you'll lose Allen Iverson. But if Allen Iverson sees you stick to your guns, he'll respect you. Told Larry Brown, God put you here for a reason—to guide my child. Told Larry Brown, please don't leave my son.

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