Allen Iverson forced to skip Philadelphia homecoming as part of BIG3

Mitchell Leff  BIG3/Getty Images

Mitchell Leff BIG3/Getty Images

Despite the fact that Iverson was not medically cleared to play in the "City of Brotherly Love" over the weekend, the seasoned signal caller still served as the head coach of 3's Company.

Iverson said a few hours before his team played against Dr. J's squad that his doctor advised him not to play Sunday night for unspecified reasons.

The chants soon followed with one fan yelling, "Do it for Philly!"

Iverson would not take the court however, and instead shook hands and posed for photos with people sitting near the court.

The former 76er and Detroit Piston is the biggest former NBA star associated with the league which runs 3-on-3 basketball games featuring former NBA players.

Iverson hugged everyone in sight, smiled, waved, blew kisses and went to work as a coach.

So far this season, Iverson has scored six points on 3-of-13 shooting.

"Big3 is a new concept, but it's an old story", Erving said, via ESPN.

Erving's team, led by Jermaine O'Neal and Bonzi Wells, won the game.

Iverson did not speak with the media after his team's loss, but Erving did meet with reporters.

"A.I. not playing was disappointing to everybody, including myself", the rapper-actor wrote.

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