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The Early 2000s

Iverson was the first player to play in an NBA game while wearing braids. A.I. and his braids made their debut in the NBA's 1997 rookie game and were not cut until 12 years later in 2009. Latrell Sprewell was the next to follow in Iverson's footsteps before the league was overrun with copycats. It is highly unlikely that another player will come along and have the impact Iverson did on the culture of a sport as a whole from tattoos and flashy chains to "do rags" and baggy pants. He was an embodiment of mainstream Hip Hop culture and his equally flashy game created an easy platform for international influence. You could catch Hip Hop stars Ludacris, Lil Bow Wow, and Sean Paul, like Iverson, all sporting the corn rows during this time period.
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  • Allen Iverson

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  • Latrelle Sprewell

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The Early 2000s

Iverson was the first player to play in an NBA game while wearing braids. A.I. and his braids made their debut in the NBA's 1997 rookie game and were not cut until 12 years later in 2009. Latrell Sprewell was the next to follow in Iverson's footsteps before the league was overrun with copycats. It is highly unlikely that another player will come along and have the impact Iverson did on the culture of a sport as a whole from tattoos and flashy chains to "do rags" and baggy pants. He was an embodiment of mainstream Hip Hop culture and his equally flashy game created an easy platform for international influence. You could catch Hip Hop stars Ludacris, Lil Bow Wow, and Sean Paul, like Iverson, all sporting the corn rows during this time period.