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Iverson is wearing Billups’ No. 1

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Allen Iverson introduced by Joe Dumars

Allen Iverson isn't only taking Chauncey Billups' spot on the roster, he's also wearing his old jersey number. No time to be sentimental, I suppose. For what it's worth, Rodney Stuckey was apparently open to giving up his No. 3 but the NBA said a switch can only happen after the season (at which point there's a good chance AI will no longer be in Detroit).

For what it's worth, Iverson is saying all the right things. From MLive:

"I have done so many things in this league, as far a being an All-Star, a scoring champion, All-NBA first team, but I haven't accomplished my number one goal, and that's to win a championship."

"Like I was telling Joe (Dumars) earlier today, I'm willing to sacrifice whatever I have to sacrifice to get it done. I've tried it my way plenty of my times. I've tried it different ways and it hasn't been done. Once again, I have to look at myself, I have to look in the mirror at myself and think of things I can do to help us to win a championship. Maybe there are some things I have to change.

One thing is for sure, two things for certain, I'm going to do whatever the coach wants me to do on the basketball court. If he gives me an assignment, I'll just try to carry it out to the fullest."

Check out that link above for audio of the press conference. For snippets of video, check out, including a funny moment when AI reprises his famous practice rant.

Update: AI talking to Stoney and Wojo on WDFN: "Happy is an understatement." Listen to the whole interview, via DETPistons: