November 20, 2015 |
DURING MY tenure in Philadelphia sports, the two athletes whose careers I have covered most extensively are Allen Iverson and Donovan McNabb. Both were here for about a decade, and I had hundreds of conversations with both - most on the record but some off. Their public personas could not have been more different. Iverson was easy to read. His finer qualities as well as his flaws were advertised in every decision he made and action he took. He never tried to hide who he was - good or bad. He lived the way he wanted and cast a look of spite at any who questioned his right to do so. "There are going to be a million people who love Allen Iverson and a million people who hate Allen Iverson," he often said.
September 15, 2015 |
JULIUS ERVING, Charles Barkley, and Allen Iverson were among the former players who shared their thoughts on the passing of Moses Malone. Malone, who helped lead the Sixers to the 1983 NBA championship, died yesterday morning in his sleep in Norfolk, Va. He was 60. Doctor J tweeted that he was already dealing with the death of his high school coach at Roosevelt (N.Y.) High when he learned of Malone's passing. "Lost Coach Ray Wilson and friend Moses Malone this week," Erving wrote.
September 14, 2015 |
Allen Iverson will be eligible for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2016, a year earlier than expected, according to a report. NBA.com reported Saturday that the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame had decided Iverson's 10-game stint with a team in Turkey in 2010-11 was not enough to push back his eligibility. He last played in the NBA with the 76ers, with whom he played from 1996 to 2006. If the Hall had decided to recognize his time with Besiktas in Turkey, he would not have been eligible until 2017.
June 20, 2015 |
The Inquirer reported Tuesday that former coach Larry Brown has been lobbying the 76ers to hire Allen Iverson as an assistant general manager. There is one person who wholeheartedly supports that move: Iverson himself. "I may not know everything about physical talent or anything like that, but I have a sharp mind when it comes to that look, being able to look into somebody's eyes to tell if they are going to be in the foxhole with you tonight or if they are not," Iverson said Thursday night.
June 18, 2015 |
From his office at Southern Methodist or from the road during a recruiting trip, Larry Brown still finds time to pick up the phone and make another plea on Allen Iverson's behalf, too blinded by loyalty and ego to understand what a laughable idea he's peddling. Through the team's part-owner David Blitzer and Iverson's longtime manager Gary Moore, Brown has spent months lobbying the 76ers to hire Iverson as an assistant general manager. It would be a terrible move, treating an NBA franchise as if it were a halfway house where Iverson could put the broken pieces of his life together again.
June 12, 2015 |
LAST WEEK, in this very space, we wrote about Allen Iverson's alleged drinking before his infamous "practice" rant. Yesterday, it came to our attention that Larry Brown vehemently denied having said Iverson had been drinking before the news conference, a point brought up by Kent Babb, author of the Iverson bio, "Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson," during his appearance on the Innes and Bruno Show on 94WIP last...
May 29, 2015 |
ALLEN IVERSON is back in the endorsement game. We're talkin' socks. Not sneakers. Not jerseys. Socks! Stance, a company that manufactures unique, high-end footwear, announced yesterday it had signed the former Sixers star to a multiyear deal. So if you need a pair of calf-length foot-warmers that show AI wearing his No. 3 Sixers uniform well . . . Stance has the Answer. For $16 a pair. "He brought style, attitude and hip-hop to the league," the company says on its website, Stance.com.
May 18, 2015 |
IF YOU PUT aside what you think you know about Allen Iverson, the documentary "Iverson" is a fascinating look into the soul of one of the most beloved, yet controversial, sports figures to perform in Philadelphia. Produced and directed by Zatella Beatty, "Iverson" debuts tonight at 9 o'clock on Showtime. The documentary, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, tells of the circumstances that turned a kid who could have been swallowed up by life in the projects into a man who became an unlikely international cultural icon through his basketball skills and stubborn anti-establishment personality.
May 17, 2015 |
There is a fascinating story buried in Iverson , a biographical documentary of the 76ers great. Director Zatella Beatty does her best to tease it out of her subject. But her greenness at the helm shows, as she relies heavily on a cloying score, obvious imagery, and a simplistic structure. The film, which premiered at last year's Tribeca Film Festival, starts with Allen Iverson's hardscrabble youth in the projects of Newport News, Va., hitting on his controversial 1993 arrest after a bowling alley brawl (which leads to a cameo by current NBC10 reporter Monique Braxton)
May 6, 2015 |
CLIPPERS FORWARD Matt Barnes told Sports Illustrated that Allen Iverson taught him "how NBA players spend money in strip clubs" when they were Sixers teammates. Iverson, according to Barnes, would "throw $30,000, $40,000" at strippers "every time we went. " Iverson's reply was classic. "I don't know what Matt is talking about," he told CBS. "I was rich at 21, so ain't no telling what I may have done, but I know I ain't do that. " Stellar fight Floyd Mayweather's victory over Manny Pacquiao is out of this world, and we're not talking about the way the fight played out. HBO and NASA have partnered to have the fight made available to the crew of the International Space Station.