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Allen Iverson Tom Brokaw Was Key ... In My NBA Career

5/15/2015 8:28 AM PDT

Allen Iverson -- Tom Brokaw Was Key ... In My NBA Career

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Without Tom Brokaw, Allen Iverson would NOT have become the NBA superstar he turned out to be ... and A.I. knows it.  

Iverson appeared on "CBS This Morning" and gave credit to the legendary newsman for helping him out ... when he was facing 15 years in prison for allegedly hitting a white woman at a bowling alley during a brawl. 

It all went down in 1993 when Iverson was 18-years-old ... he was actually convicted and served 4 months in prison. 

Brokaw featured Iverson's story on the news and pointed out the injustice ... that a teen with no prior criminal record had been hit with SUCH a harsh punishment. 

Eventually, due in part to the exposure from Brokaw's piece, Iverson was pardoned and released from custody ... and went on to become an NBA superstar.   

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