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.
April 23, 2015 |
YOU WANT the Answer? Watch "Iverson," a documentary about a pint-sized player who made a giant impact in the NBA. The film, which debuted at New York's Tribeca Film Festival last April, will premiere on television on Showtime on May 16 at 9 p.m. Director Zatella Beatty somehow squeezes Allen Iverson's life into 97 minutes. Touches on his childhood in Hampton, Va., his much-publicized arrest at a bowling alley brawl at 17, his college years at Georgetown and his NBA career, which included 12 seasons with the Sixers.
January 15, 2015 |
IN THE MIDST of a Jan. 7 game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver caught a pass in front of his team's bench with no defender within 10 feet. Korver's teammates rose, screamed and danced before the ball even left his hands. They know it's foolish to let Korver get a shot up at all, let alone unguarded. Swish. The Hawks erupted as if he just posterized one of the Grizzlies with a dunk. It's just been that sort of season for Korver and the Hawks, who have won 23 of their last 25 games after beating the Sixers, 105-87, last night and sit atop the Eastern Conference standings at 30-8.
November 21, 2014 |
THE ANSWER has a question. Why did Nike issue a sneaker in Sixers' red, white and blue with his No. 3 on each heel without his permission? Allen Iverson has a long association with Reebok - the company's "The Answer" was wildly popular in late 1990s and early 2000s. And last night, Iverson and rapper Jadakiss were scheduled to appear at TGI Fridays on City Line Avenue - A.I.'s favorite dining spot - to promote the Villa x Reebok Pump. Iverson's attorney, Derek Challenger, reportedly sent a letter to Nike objecting to the No. 3 shoe, which according to Nikeblog.com, has already been released in Asia.
November 21, 2014 |
RYAN HOWARD isn't the only professional athlete whose family members are a pain in the tuckus. We'll give Eric "Meet the Parents" Lindros a pass since he's being honored by the Flyers tonight. But who can forget when Allen Iverson reportedly paid a lump sum of $3 million to settle his divorce with then-estranged wife Tawanna? That set up one of the greatest lines ever uttered in a courtroom as Iverson, pulling his pants pockets inside out, shouted to his wife, "I don't even have money for a cheeseburger.
June 6, 2014 |
Ed Snider assumed ownership and control of the 76ers in 1996, and one year later, Lewis Katz began playing a vital role in his dear friend's venture into an unfamiliar sport, serving as an adviser to the brilliant and demanding basketball mind Snider and team president Pat Croce had hired as head coach. Larry Brown has always needed a coterie of counselors to massage his neuroses, serve as sounding boards, and assure him everything would be OK. From Jerry Stackhouse to Derrick Coleman, from Tim Thomas to a tempestuous second-year guard named Allen Iverson, that '97-98 Sixers team tested Brown's patience throughout a long, 31-win season.
March 14, 2014 |
Whether it's diving over a courtside table, bumping heads with a teammate in a scramble for a loose ball, or getting run over while taking a charge, Ryan Arcidiacono never gives a second thought about sacrificing his body during a Villanova basketball game, no matter the score. If that means recurring trips to the hospital for stitches for the Wildcats sophomore point guard, so be it. "I dropped him off at 'Nova two years ago," said his father, Joe. "Within two weeks he calls us and says, 'Dad, I've got to go to the hospital.' He got stitches in his head.
March 6, 2014 |
After establishing a career high for points at the Wells Fargo Center for the second time in two seasons, Villanova guard Darrun Hilliard indicated that he liked playing on the same basketball court where Allen Iverson starred for the 76ers. "A.I. was the man; that was my favorite player," said Hilliard, a junior from Bethlehem. "Seeing him go out there and being the smallest guy on the court and doing what he did with everything against him, it was something that I looked up to. " The 6-foot Iverson, who had his No. 3 retired Saturday night by the Sixers, energized a lot of youths who grew up during his time in the NBA, especially in his 10 seasons in Philadelphia from his rookie season of 1996-97 until his trade to Denver in 2006.