November 1, 2013 |
AT HIS retirement announcement, Allen Iverson had a long list of people he wanted to mention who were important in his NBA journey. Family, friends, coaches, teammates and foes all were praised by the former Sixers All-Star. And then he made mention of just one media member: Basketball Hall of Famer and former Sixers beat writer for the Daily News , Phil Jasner. "[I wish] Phil Jasner was here today," said Iverson, "especially on a day like this. Rest in peace. I know he's looking down on this whole event and thinking about the times that we laughed with each other and thinking about the times that we fought with each other.
October 30, 2013 |
ALLEN IVERSON is expected to announce his retirement tomorrow, although the way things are going, the Sixers might want to sign him to a contract. A.I. is, after all - at least according to LeBron James - "pound for pound probably the greatest player to ever play the game. " James, of course, will be in Philly tomorrow when the Sixers open their season against the Heat at the Wells Fargo Center. There have been unconfirmed reports that Iverson will be in the building for the retirement ceremony.
October 18, 2013
A TWEET by ESPN's Chris Broussard said that, according to sources, Allen Iverson was going to announce his retirement from the NBA at the Sixers' season opener at the Wells Fargo Center against the Miami Heat on Oct. 30. Public relations director Mike Preston said the Sixers had no comment. Any time Iverson's name comes up, there is a buzz generated. Couldn't you just see him grabbing the mic at halftime in front of one of the few sellouts of the season and professing his love for Philadelphia?
August 23, 2013 |
ALLEN IVERSON officially retiring from the NBA? That's the latest according to SLAM magazine, which cited a source as saying the former Sixers star would soon make an announcement. The source, who wasn't named, said that the 11-time All-Star would focus on "future endeavors. " Larry Brown, who coached Iverson for six seasons with the Sixers, told SLAM that the Answer "might be the greatest athlete I've ever seen. " "He deserves better," said Brown. "I wish he could've went out on his own terms, at his own time.
June 19, 2013 |
Another chapter has been added to the Allen Iverson saga. The former 76ers star is being accused by his ex-wife, Tawanna Iverson, of abducting his own children, according to several media reports. The website TMZ first reported the story. Tawanna Iverson filed court documents in Atlanta claiming that her ex-husband failed to return their five children, who range in age from 3 to 16, after a five-day vacation in Charlotte, N.C. Iverson is fighting the allegations in court, TMZ reported.
May 24, 2013 |
DID SIXERS point guard Jrue Holiday get robbed yesterday? The All-NBA teams were announced and, for the seventh consecutive year, there were no Sixers selected. Granted, they had a lousy season. But you would think Holiday would have gotten at least one vote. Heck, Portland's J.J. Hickson, who averaged 12.7 points and 10.4 rebounds, got a vote. Holiday, by comparison, averaged 17.7 points and 8.0 assists, and was selected to the 2013 All-Star team. That didn't seem to carry any weight as he was the only All-Star from last season who didn't get a single vote from the panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada.
April 24, 2013 |
Less than an hour before the 8 p.m. tip-off, 76ers employees are scurrying around the Wells Fargo Center, hoping this Saturday night will unfold as planned. It is late March, and the team is handing out Allen Iverson bobblehead dolls. Iverson himself is scheduled to attend, a rare public appearance for the 37-year-old former NBA superstar. He will be introduced during a pregame ceremony and then watch the game from Sixers chief executive Adam Aron's suite. But Iverson isn't here yet, and a troubling rumor is passing through the arena's arteries: Iverson has missed his flight.
April 23, 2013 |
IT SHOULDN'T be this way. Allen Iverson, the small, scrappy player who always gave his all, now has nothing left. No career. No money. According to a revealing Washington Post article written by Kent Babb, the 11-time All-Star is despondent and broke. At one point in the article, Babb writes: Iverson stood during a divorce proceeding in Atlanta in 2012 and pulled out his pants pockets. "I don't even have money for a cheeseburger," he shouted toward his estranged wife, Tawanna, who then handed him $61. How sad. Iverson began and ended his 14 NBA seasons with the Sixers.
April 12, 2013 |
NO TEAM HAS ever captured our hearts the way the 2000-01 Sixers did. Heck, the Daily News ran the Sixers on the front page for 32 straight days. With one superstar and a roster full of role players who would run through a brick wall for coach Larry Brown, the 76ers started the season 10-0, were 42-14 at the All-Star break, 56-26 overall and reached the NBA Finals. And in Game 1 of the Finals, when Allen Iverson defiantly stepped over a fallen Tyronn Lue after hitting a long, step-back two-pointer that capped a 9-0 Sixers run en route to an overtime win, it was enough for us. Winning just the one game, when all the experts were talking a Lakers sweep, was enough.
April 5, 2013
To commemorate the Sixers' 50th season in Philly, the Daily News is looking back at the franchise's Top 25 defining moments, one moment every Friday through the end of the season. No. 5 is today. Here are the top moments that have appeared, and what's up next: 25. George McGinnis for Bobby Jones trade 24. Harvey Pollack, Super Stat 23. Jerry Stackhouse traded for Theo Ratliff, Aaron McKie 22. Allen Iverson comes home as a Nugget 21. Sixers move into Spectrum 20. Pat Croce takes over and Allen Iverson arrives 19. Doctor J fights Larry Bird 18. Sixers reach playoffs after 8-year drought 17. Hiring of Billy Cunningham 16. Doctor J dunks over Michael Cooper 15. The legendary Dave Zinkoff 14. Andrew Toney: The Boston Strangler 13. Wilt Chamberlain returns to Philly 12. Darryl Dawkins shatters backboards 11. Charles Barkley's 8-year run 10. Doctor J's reverse layup 9. Drafting Allen Iverson 8. Iverson crosses over Michael Jordan 7. Sixers get Moses Malone 6. George McGinnis signs with the Sixers 5. Fitz Dixon purchases the Sixers, then Doctor J 4. Sixers beat Celtics in Game 7 at the Garden 3. Next week: The Year of the Little Guy BOTTOM 13 MOMENTS We wouldn't be the Daily News if we only looked at the bright side of the Sixers' 50 years in Philly.