"The game of basketball means the world to me," said Iverson, who was a four-time NBA scoring champion. "Without basketball, I wouldn't be a household name and I wouldn't be able to take care of my family the way I do."
Iverson declined to talk about his personal life, but was willing to talk about his NBA career and Friday's relaunch of his Reebok shoes.
You had a great career. Why does the NBA mean that much to you now?
"I learned a lot of things in life from the game of basketball. I learned about being on a team, having relationships with people and seeing things I've never thought I would be able to see. I got all that from the game of basketball."
So why try to come back?
"Obviously, the ultimate goal is to win a championship, in college and the NBA. I didn't do either of those things. But I have no regrets. God blessed me with great opportunities. I accomplished a lot of things that many other NBA players won't ever accomplish."
You played a couple of years in Turkey and have dabbled in playing in other countries. What has that been like?
"Personally, it's a great feeling when you realize that there are more fans than just those in the United States. I love seeing the reaction of those fans. They seem to love the way I play and who I am. That's something I'll cherish for the rest of my life."
"To tell you the truth, I was surprised and I wasn't surprised. My thinking is to each his own. You have no idea what that man is thinking. I didn't have that close of a relationship with Dennis. We spent a week together in China. He seemed like a great guy. But I didn't sit down to talk about a whole bunch of personal things. It was just strictly business."
"It's a great thing. It feels good that people are still interested in my first shoe. You know what I mean? I'm honored to have a retro shoe. I don't really keep them around myself. I still have a few original 'Question' shoes. I know that my family members and friends are still wearing all of them. It's a good feeling."