The team will also honor AI with a video tribute. From the team’s perspective, this is a nice opportunity to honor the former face of their franchise, and generate some buzz in an otherwise depressing season. But AI? I think this is all part of the plan to get himself back in a Sixers uniform.
Allen Iverson’s grip on Philadelphia, already weak, is slipping further by the day.
Former 76ers basketball star Allen Iverson‘s former house at Monk Road [in Gladwyne] is known as the location where he hid out in 2002 after allegedly forcing his way into a West Philadelphia apartment and threatening two men with a handgun. (He was said to be searching for his wife.)
See Curbed Philly for pics. His other home, on Chateau Lane in Villanova, is also on the market for $2.9 million. [Curbed]
Forget about finding this man a team. Find this man a place to live! After his bank bought bank his foreclosed Georgia mansion for $2.5 million, Allen Iverson is without a home. (Iverson had allegedly defaulted.) Or at least one of them. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. If he’s not welcome back at the Wells Fargo Center, there’s always a booth for him at the T.G.I. Friday’s Istanbul! [TMZ]
In finalizing the divorce between Allen Iverson and his ex-wife Tawanna, an Atlanta judge had this to say about the wannabe-once-again Sixer:
[Iverson] does not know how to manage the children; has little interest in learning to manage the children and has actually, at times, been a hindrance to their spiritual and emotional growth and development.
For example, he has refused to attend to an obvious and serious alcohol problem, which has caused him to do inappropriate things in the presence of the children while impaired.
He has left the children alone without supervision. He has left his young daughters in a hotel room with men who are unknown to the mother.
Needless to say, Tawanna got custody of their five children. Iverson can’t visit them unless he doesn’t touch a drop of alcohol for 18 months, and has been ordered to go to AA. He also must see a psychiatrist. It’s too bad for doctor-patient confidentiality agreements, because that would make for a seriously great TV show. [TMZ]
Yesterday, my colleague Joel Mathis reported that Allen Iverson was shopping himself to the NBA, where he hasn’t played since 2010. (But NOT the D-League, OK?) Today, A.I.’s manager Gary Moore was back in Philly, meeting with Sixers owner Josh Harris and CEO Adam Aron about “reconnecting with the Sixers.” Because I can’t imagine anything better for the physical and spiritual rehabilitation of a certain Andrew Bynum, than pairing him with an another pouty loner prima donna. Who happens to be well past his prime and may only be doing this to make back the cash he lost in his recent divorce settlement.
OK, OK, says Moore, throwing up his hands in concession. Even if A.I. doesn’t actually play for the Sixers again, how about bringing him back as “a consultant to them, to help them do certain things.” Like how to order potato skins in Turkish. [AP]
Though he’s apparently rejecting a D-League offer from Dallas, former Sixers great Allen Iverson—last seen settling a costly divorce—is letting the public know two things: He realizes he’s made a lot of mistakes. And he wants one last chance.
Here are some of the Tweets he sent out Tuesday morning:
I thank Donnie and Dallas for the consideration and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me.
Our long, semi-regional nightmare is over. Allen Iverson, last seen hitting up TGI Friday’s in Istanbul, has finally settled his nasty, year-long divorce with wife Tawanna for $3 million, two days before the ex-couple were set to go to court. Though the price for finalizing the divorce was steep, A.I. did get to keep his Maybach and his mansion in Georgia. Though the place is facing foreclosure, so take that news with a grain of salt. İyi şanslar, Allen! [TMZ]
Philadelphia’s sports madness is both endearing and slightly embarrassing. Last night, 15,000 fans (basically what the Sixers average) showed up to the Wells Fargo Center to watch the Flyers skate around at three-quarters speed and scrimmage against one another. No wonder everybody got so mad at Iverson for missing practice. [Flyers.com]
The former Sixer has filed court documents alleging that while he was in Asia playing ball his wife ransacked his house. He claims she took furniture, art, memorabilia, and a bunch of cash. The Answer wants Tawanna thrown in jail until she returns the items and he wants an order barring her from coming back to the house. [TMZ]