There’s a good profile of Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes in Sports Illustrated this week. Barnes is one of the most hated players in the NBA by opponents and one of the most beloved by his teammates. He’s works hard, he elbows opponents, he talks trash. He’s one of those grinders.
Barnes, who has played for eight NBA teams in his 11-year career, was with the Sixers during part of the team’s disastrous 2005-06 season. Barnes was in his third year when he played in Philadelphia, and spent just 50 games here. And in the story, he recounts hanging with Allen Iverson at a strip club in Philadelphia. (Iverson was legendary in the early 2000s among college kids in University City for frequenting Wizzards, now Atlantis, at 38th and Chestnut.)
“Allen was the first guy that showed me how NBA players spend money in strip clubs,” Barnes tells SI. “That guy went. HARD. He’d throw so much money, and this was when I was first in the league, that I used to take my foot and scoop the s— under my chair and either re-throw it or put some in my pocket. He’d throw $30,000, $40,000 every time we went. I’m like, ‘You realize what I can do with this money?’” Read more »
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At one time, this sprawling Villanova estate used to boast “The Answer” in its elegant halls. However, in 2007, Iverson sold the property to one John Scardapane, the CEO of Saladworks. Now, the home, which was listed in May of last year, has been sold yet again. (Or rather, some weeks ago in mid-December, according to Zillow.)
We’re not sure who purchased the property, but what is for certain is they’ll probably be living the luxe life for sure: two-story reception hall,“restaurant-quality” bar, library, home theatre and a separate apartment that comes with a kitchenette and private entrance. The estate also has a saltwater pool and severeal terraces.
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This five-bedroom estate would be desirable enough without a celebrity pedigree but there will no doubt be bidders who want to say they own The Answer’s old estate. A.I. sold the home to Saladworks CEO John Scardapane in 2007 and as of this week, the estate is on the market again.
Clocking in at practically 13,000 square feet, the estate is palatial and has amenities to match. It offers five bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, a separate apartment with kitchenette, a “restaurant-quality” bar, a library, a gym and a home theater. And that’s just the interior.
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The Iverson documentary premieres Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York:
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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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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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Via The 700 Level comes this commercial featuring a retired Allen Iverson:
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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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]
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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