As good as Allen Iverson was, a lot of people probably wouldn't put him in their NBA Mount Rushmore. Iverson is certainly one of the few who would, though.
His former coach Larry Brown revealed on Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel that Iverson told his current collegiate players at SMU he was the greatest ever. Brown did say he was the greatest competitor of all time—which you can certainly make an argument for—but didn't co-sign him being the greatest player during his anecdote:
Larry Brown: “He was here about a month ago. He spoke to our team, Bryant, and it was the most unbelievable talk I’ve ever heard. Our kids were spellbound. And he was so open and honest with ‘em. He talked about the good things he did and the things he’d like to change, which weren’t a lot. But the one thing that stuck out in my mind, one of the kids said, ‘Who’s the best player to ever play?’ Who do you think he said?”
Bryant Gumbel: “Himself.”
Larry Brown: “Allen Iverson. And he said, ‘I’m not disrespecting Michael [Jordan] or Magic [Johnson] or Julius Erving or any of those guys.’ He said, ‘I couldn’t have done what I did at my size if I didn’t feel that way.’”
This could very well be the competitor in him talking, but it definitely would've been more understandable if he'd said this when he was still playing. But this is in retrospect, and there are more than a handful of athletes who trump his accomplishments. Like the ones he named, for example.
[via Sports Illustrated]