ai as symbol
the reason ai is MANY people's favorite, including my self, is that he is symbolic of the street and he is the way he is and doesnt conform to the way david stern wants him to be
he represents a hip hop street attitude that says:
"this is who i am, i do what i do and if you dont like it you can #$%@ off. you cant change me so accept me as i am, respect me, but dont try to make me something i am not because you cant do it"
the impression is that ai does not sell out
he is the anti-jordan, the anti-kobe