Everyone Says Philly Is a Great Basketball Town

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Philadelphia’s a great basketball town.

You’ll hear this a lot, and it makes sense. The city has a rich basketball tradition. After being invented in Springfield, basketball spread to other east-coast cities, and eventually the Philadelphia SPHAs were one of the top teams. The Sixers may be down now, but they’ve had some of the biggest superstars in NBA history: Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley. More recently, the Sixers had Allen Iverson, the most exciting, interesting player of the post-Michael Jordan NBA.

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Charged Driver: I Was Drinking at Iverson’s Birthday Party

This is an all-timer excuse. A 24-year-old Philadelphian was pulled over after police saw him swerving in Lower Merion, according to Mainline Media News.

According to police, the man was seen speeding as he was driving without the use of headlights as he traveled south on City Avenue. The police officer followed behind the car and reported that the driver was crossing over the traffic lines.

Following the traffic stop, the driver showed the officer a paper learner’s permit. The man then told the officer that he was drinking at Allen Iverson’s birthday party.

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Sixers: Buy Season Tickets and Get Iverson’s Autograph

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Rejoice, Sixers fans! Although opposing players may compare trailing your favorite at halftime to being pooped on by a bird, there is some good news to come out of the Wells Fargo Center this week: Allen Iverson is back!

Okay, Allen Iverson returns to the Wells Fargo Center quite often. He was even there opening night. But this Saturday they’re retiring his number! It’s literally the last time the Sixers can trot him out until, what, the 15th anniversary of the 2000-2001 Finals team? That’s not until the 2015-2016 season! This is the last time you’re going to get to see Iverson in a while.

The Sixers are celebrating his return to town with a deal: Buy season tickets for the next, presumably Iverson-less, season and have your photograph taken with the No. 3 jersey banner after Saturday’s game. And Iverson will autograph the photo for you at a later date. (Presumably Iverson will be chained to a desk while signing these, à la Michael Jordan in Space Jam.) In a town full of ridiculous sports memorabilia, this is one of the weirdest.

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Allen Iverson to Retire a Sixer

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The Iverson era is officially drawing to a close, the beloved former Sixer set to hang up his jersey October 30th with the team that started it all.

The Sixers will honor Allen Iverson at their home opener against the Miami Heat with a halftime ceremony celebrating his 17-year career that initially began after a fortuitous NBA Draft at Georgetown in 1996. What followed was a tumultuous relationship with head coach Larry Brown that very nearly resulted in a trade to Detroit (and no one wants to go to Detroit).

Good thing, too, lest we forget the Iverson-lead trip the NBA finals for the Sixers in the 2000-01 season, which earned the team’s star player an MVP award. As everyone probably remembers, the Lakers shut the Sixers out of the finals, though the Sixers did serve as the only team to put up a win against the unstoppable Lakers—even with the Kobe-Shaq feud in full swing at the time.

Iverson’s stint with the Sixers ran out in 2006, the team trading him to he Nuggets, with short runs on the Pistons and Grizzlies following. Iverson did eventually return to the Sixers for a terrible half-season in 2009–his only under coach Eddie Jordan.

That, however, doesn’t change Iverson’s position as the Sixers’ all-time leader in scoring average. After all, they don’t call him “The Answer” for nothing. [CBS]

Iverson and McNabb: A Tale of Two Retirements

The tale of two retirements speaks volumes about Philadelphia and our relationship with our sports stars.

Allen Iverson is finally calling it quits after running out of teams and countries that want his diminishing skills. The Philadelphia 76ers are sure to retire AI’s number 3 at a game this year.

The Philadelphia Eagles will retire Donovan McNabb’s No. 5 at halftime on Sept. 19, when former Eagles coach and McNabb mentor Andy Reid comes to town with his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Allen Iverson Set to Retire From NBA…Really Soon

Ever since his mozzarella stick-heavy trip to Turkey, it’s kind of a foregone conclusion that Allen Iverson’s NBA days are over. But he hasn’t officially retired. Until…very soon, apparently.

Allen Iverson is prepared to officially announce his retirement from the NBA in the coming days, a source close to the native of Virginia told SLAM.

Take all anonymous sources with a grain of salt–especially when their news concerns a guy as mercurial and unstable as Iverson. Still, given his recent family difficulties and cathartic reunion with the Sixers a few months ago, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him try in earnest to move on from his past. [SLAM]

Allen Iverson Finally Pays His Child Support, Avoids Jail

Phew. Allen Iverson, last seen appearing on horrible reality shows/appearing to kidnap his children, has finally done something quasi-laudable. He paid his child support under threat of imprisonment!

Iverson’s ex, Tawanna, has been trying to collect child support from the b-baller since their divorce was finalized in February, but no cigar. Then, last month she asked a judge to throw him in jail, if he continued to dodge the bill: $8,000 / month for the last 5 months. In new court docs — filed last month in Fulton County, GA — Iverson said he never paid the money because he was led to believe he and Tawanna would reconcile.

Mm-hmm. Now, says his lawyer, he’s finally forked over the $40,000 he owed. He’s turning over a new leaf. I can just feel it. [TMZ]

Allen Iverson, Looking Depressed, Contemplating Russian Roulette

If you’re chronicling the slow, steady demise of Allen Iverson (we are), here’s a new data point: Hanging out with the “stars” of a crappy reality show about a young boxer, toying with the idea of playing Russian Roulette. With a loaded gun. He’s been self-destructing for several years now, but this sort of loose talk takes it to a whole new level. Jump to the 1:50 mark to witness the bleakness. And try not to watch the rest of this jaw-dropping train-wreck of a program.

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