Retired NBA star and future Hall of Famer Allen Iverson is in an ongoing dispute with sports apparel giant Nike over plans for a shoe honoring the Philadelphia 76ers legend.

Iverson, who famously wore and endorsed Reebok during his NBA career, spent much of the week openly questioning if the company has the right to manufacture a show using his old number and team colors given his Reebok status.

In particular, ESPN reports Iverson claims “Nike used his identity, likeness and persona without permission for a sneaker out of the company’s Zoom Flight ’96 collection.” Reportedly the shoe bares Iverson No. 3 on each back heel and the Sixers red white and blue team colors. Neither Iverson nor the team are directly named in connection with the shoe which was set for expected release sometime in early 2015.

But now, Nike officials are hinting the company may be ready to move in a different direction. In a statement released on Thursday, Nike spokesperson KeJuan Wilkins contended “Nike has made a business decision to not move forward with the shoe in the red/blue and white/purple colorways. However, two colorways inspired by the original 1996 colorways will still be available for purchase.”

Still, Iverson’s attorney Derek Challenger contends his client should be compensated for versions of the shoe that have already been sold abroad. “They should get back to me with a number for all this,” he said. “I hope before the week is over I hear from them directly. Nike is clearly trying to use Allen Iverson’s celebrity status and persona to promote Nike’s shoes.”

Iverson was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft by the Sixers and spent the first decade of his career with the team. Known as “The Answer” he retired last year as the franchise’s second all-time leading scorer.

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