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]
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]
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]
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.
Allen Iverson denied an accusation by his ex-wife that he has abducted their five children and is holding them in an Atlanta hotel room.
Later Monday, Iverson denied Tawanna Iverson’s accusation, which was filed in court Monday, when when an Atlanta TV reporter found him at the hotel mentioned in the filing. Iverson, 38, and his children were walking to his Maybach when the reporter approached them. (The children are deliberately not shown.)
“They say I stole my kids? That’s what they say?” Iverson told Jeff Hullinger, who offered to show him the court papers. “…If that’s what you believe and people think I’m crazy enough to do, then so be it.”
The kids are reportedly back in mom’s custody, and now it seems a good as time as any to offer a simply prayer: Please, God, make Allen Iverson’s seemingly endless cycle of self-destruction end. It’s just too painful to watch.
It’s been a couple months since Allen Iverson popped up on our radar. Welcome back, man. Iverson’s ex-wife Tawanna says she granted him permission to take their five kids on a five-day vacation in Charlotte, NC in late May. It’s June 17th, they’re still missing, and now she’s filing suit. (Tawanna thinks he’s got them holed up in a Georgia hotel.) TMZ, in addition to breaking the story, tosses in this immortal sentence, nonchalantly: “Tawanna claims she’s especially concerned because Allen’s an alcoholic who drinks around their kids.”
Iverson kept living as if another contract was imminent, and Tawanna struggled to curb his spending. According to a bank statement submitted in the divorce, the couple’s checking account was overdrawn by more than $23,000 in July 2011. In a single day, $23,255.36 was deducted – at a diamond store, a hat shop, a steakhouse and a hotel.
Tawanna testified that her checks bounced that month when she paid for housing and electricity. She sold jewelry and Tiaura’s car to pay for household expenses, including school clothes and supplies.
Before their home in Denver was foreclosed, Tawanna testified, she sold more jewelry at a pawn shop to pay toward debt. Iverson owed thousands to a Georgia home builder, was hit with tax liens, and his wages were garnished to settle a nearly $860,000 balance with a jeweler.
One bright side: Under the terms of an old endorsement deal, Iverson has $30 million in a trust fund waiting for him when he turns 55. Assuming he survives that long—or hasn’t gone, you know, $30 million in debt by then—he’ll probably end up ok, unlike most people you know who willfully keep making bad decisions. Even at his worst moments, it seems, Iverson is living a semi-charmed kind of life.
Andrew Bynum isn’t coming back this year. Nor are the Sixers making the playoffs. There’s nothing left to play for except the draft lottery, and that means not playing well at all. So to sell tickets, it appears the Sixers are making a last-ditch effort to appeal to their fans’ predilection for nostagia and feel-good family affairs.
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