Former Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson took to Instagram to wish John Thompson, his college basketball coach at Georgetown, a happy birthday.
Seeing the embrace between the two and knowing the impact that Thompson made on Iverson shouldn't leave a dry eye reading this.
He captioned it: "Happy Birthday Coach!!! Thank you for saving my life."
Before he was an NBA MVP and before he stepped over Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue, Iverson was a troubled kid who was even convicted of a felony in 1993.
Due to this, he was removed from Bethel High School and was relocated to Hampton's Richard Milburn High, where at-risk students went to complete high school.
Knowing the many uncertainties surrounding her son, Iverson's mother made a plea to Thompson, the coach of the Georgetown Hoyas at the time, to give him a chance at playing college basketball.
Happy 77th birthday to Coach John Thompson!— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) September 2, 2018
Did you know he has 2 NBA championships (1965 & 66) as a player with the Boston Celtics? pic.twitter.com/GJwYVi1JAy
Her plea did a great deal of convincing, enough for Thompson to offer Iverson a full scholarship. Thompson became a mentor for Iverson on and off the court, and he eventually became an integral part to helping him become an NBA legend.