Get a Chance to Meet Allen Iverson at Lapstone and Hammer This Friday

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Allen Iverson’s glory days. | Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports.

Hold up, AI fans: If you can remember where you were during the 2001 NBA All Star Game, then you need to make your way over to Lapstone and Hammer, online and in-store, tomorrow to purchase an exclusive Allen Iverson 2001 All Star Game Mitchell & Ness Jersey.

The jersey – an exclusive collaboration with the Midtown Village boutique and the throwback sports company – includes an embroidered 2001 All Star logo patch on the right shoulder and a Hardwood Classics hem tag printed with game’s date, February 11th, 2001. Sales begin Wednesday, June 22nd, at 10am. And you’ll want to shop early: The first 100 people to purchase the jersey also score an invite to Friday’s release party at Lapstone and Hammer. Allen Iverson will be there as a special guest, so yeah, you’ll want to go to this. Click here to see the jersey and get more event details.

Utley Puts All-Star Home on the Market

1432 Monk Rd., Gladwyne, PA 19035 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1432 Monk Rd., Gladwyne, PA 19035 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

So who will be the next famous athlete to live in this modern-Colonial hybrid in Gladwyne?

We’re not saying that the next owner will definitely be a famous athlete, but two of the last three owners were. Phillies second baseman Chase Utley purchased this home, which was built in 1998, in 2013 for $2.325 million from its then-owner, who bought it in 2006 from retired 76ers star Allen Iverson for $2.85 million. Utley then gutted it and renovated it in a more contemporary style. Read more »

Emotional Allen Iverson Reflects on Hall of Fame Career

Allen Iverson laughs while talking to the media about his election into the Basketball Hall of Fame | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Allen Iverson laughs while talking to the media about his election into the Basketball Hall of Fame | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Allen Iverson strolled to the podium last night wearing a red Reebok t-shirt, blue ‘phila’ jacket, Philadelphia 76ers hat, an ear-to-ear grin that could only be worn by a man just voted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the  highest honor in his profession.

“Do you want to make an opening remark?” Michael Preston,  Sixers’ public relations coordinator, asked Iverson.


“Do you want to go straight to questions?”


It was the only real way that press conference could have unfolded. Iverson has never been one to be confined to a script. Not on the basketball court, where putting the ball in his hands was an indescribable combination of poetry and chaos, and certainly not in the press room. Iverson’s always been at his best, and sometimes his worst, when raw emotion and passion were brought to the forefront. That doesn’t happen with canned opening remarks.

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Allen Iverson Named to Basketball Hall of Fame

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Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Allen Iverson is headed to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

A six-foot guard who led the Sixers to their greatest season since the early 1980s, Iverson played 12 seasons with the Sixers. He averaged 27.6 points per game in a Sixers uniform, second only to Wilt Chamberlain on the team’s career list. He is in the top-5 in a number of other categories, too: Points, three-pointers made, steals, assists and more. And, yes, he was just six-feet tall.

But it was the Sixers’ run to the 2001 NBA Finals that made Iverson a Philadelphia legend. Iverson was battered throughout the playoffs by bigger players, and the Sixers trailed in their first three series. But they came back to win all of them and advance to the NBA Finals. The Sixers’ Game 1 upset was one of the greatest games in Philadelphia sports history — with Allen Iverson scoring 48 points, including seven in a row in overtime, to upset the Lakers. The Sixers lost the next four and the run ended, but Iverson’s place in Philly sports history was secure. Read more »

Allen Iverson Headlines Three Sixers Eligible for Hall of Fame

Allen Iverson will be eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Class if 2016 | Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Allen Iverson will be eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Class if 2016 | Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Naismith Hall of Fame released their eligible candidates for the class of 2016, which includes three former 76er greats.

The class, headlined by first-time nominees Shaquille O’Neal, Yao Ming, and Allen Iverson, also includes 76er greats Bobby Jones and Maurice Cheeks.

Iverson’s decorated 14-year career, which included 10 full seasons and parts of two others in Philadelphia, included 11 All-Star appearances, 8 playoff appearances, the 2001 NBA MVP award, 1997 Rookie of the Year award, and 2 All-Star MVP’s. Iverson was also awarded Player of the Week honors 23 times, Player of the Month 4 times, and Rookie of the Month twice.

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Judge Cites Allen Iverson in Redskins Trademark Case

iverson-practice-rant-940x540Apparently Allen Iverson‘s famous “we talkin’ about practice” rant is not only a legendary press conference, but also set a legal precedent.

In a case upholding the cancellation of the Washington Redskins’ federal trademark registrations, U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee invoked AI in his opinion. Read more »

Allen Iverson Biographer Kent Babb on “Tipsy” Practice Rant, Stephen A. Smith, Why A.I. Thrived in Philly


Kent Babb wants to thank Stephen A. Smith.

“Whether he meant to or not,” says Babb, the author of Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson, “he steered thousands of people toward my book.”

Last Friday, Smith used his clout as an ESPN pundit to criticize Babb, a sports features writer at The Washington Post, for his book’s claim that Iverson was “tipsy” during 2002’s “We’re talking about practice” rant.

“It’s a flat-out lie,” Smith, a former Philadelphia Inquirer sports columnist, proclaimed on First Take, also boasting that he had known Iverson for 19 years and had spoken to him that day. “This is an exercise in cruelty. Allen Iverson is retired,” he added. “Allen Iverson is not playing anymore. And you’re gonna literally sit there and talk about something that you believe happened over 12 years ago?”

Babb’s page-turning, heart-wrenching biography is about more than Iverson’s beloved (and possibly besotted) press conference monologue. It’s the sad story of a star now adrift, broke and alone. Babb recently shared his thoughts with Philadelphia on Smith’s take, what he wishes readers would focus on, and why Philly adored A.I. — with reservations. Read more »

The Five Most Surprising Moments from the New Allen Iverson Documentary

Tomorrow night marks the premiere of Showtime’s Iverson, a 90-minute documentary that traces Allen Iverson’s life from his childhood in the mean streets of Newport News to the day the Sixers lifted his #3 jersey to the rafters, through archival footage and a new one-on-one interview. Considering the project is executive produced by Gary Moore, Iverson’s longtime advisor and father figure, it’s also a more balanced view of his career and personal struggles than one might expect. For those who experienced the AI era as Sixers fans, following every game—along with all the controversies—much of the film plays more like a nostalgia trip than a revelation. But even die-hard fans of the Answer will find a few surprises. (And that time he crossed up Jordan!) Read more »

No, That Allen Iverson Quote Being Passed Around Isn’t Real

Yesterday, a quote from former Sixers guard Allen Iverson began to be passed around the Internet. It hit Facebook, it hit Twitter. National media members retweeted it. Thousands of people actually thought this quote was real:

Fake Allen Iverson quote

It’s not, obviously. Even more fun: The quote is from City Paper’s Bell Curve, the jokey news recap of the week.

It’s hilarious how many people thought this insanely fake quote was real. (To be fair, endless appetizers were introduced in 2014, so that part is plausible.)

The fake quote stems from a story Matt Barnes told in Sports Illustrated a month ago. When Barnes was on the Sixers for a season, he said Iverson used to throw “$30,000 to $40,000” at the strip club every time they went. “I used to take my foot and scoop the shit under my chair and either re-throw it or put some in my pocket,” he told SI. Read more »

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