This week Dwayne Alonzo “Pearl” Washington, a sensational guard at Syracuse and an 8.6 ppg three-year NBA pro died at the age of 52, of brain cancer. He was not even the most famous Pearl in NBA history, having inherited his smooth nickname by emulating his boyhood hero, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. (Come to think of it,…
Allen Iverson will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, with a strong class that includes Shaquille O’Neal, Yao Ming, Sheryl Swoopes, Jerry Reinsdorf, Tom Izzo, and the late, great Zelmo Beatty. Worthy inductees all, but forget about them. Let’s watch AI break ankles.
In Kent Babb’s revealing new biography of Allen Iverson, he gets into the famous 2002 press conference in which “AI” repeated the phrase “we’re talking about practice” 22 times. According to the book, 76ers coaches and executives believed Iverson was drunk.
As it turns out, the way you stop Allen Iverson is with cheap domestic beer and a good divorce lawyer. Journalist Kent Babb published a biography of the former superstar this week (I recommend it), and there are stories in it about Iverson being, at times, a complete shitbag. To wit:
When Chris Copeland was stabbed and Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic arrested outside a New York City club at four in the morning the day of a game, there was a rush to question their judgment. You know the old saying: nothing good ever happens after 2 a.m.
Allen Iverson is coaching a celebrity basketball game in the Philippines, and during his media session yesterday, he was asked if he'd ever want to return to the NBA as a coach. His response was excellent:
Listen, love is love, clap the gat at y'all haters
The CEO of your label is a basketball player
That mean your shit is never coming out
Sean Price, I'm forever dumbing out, pyrex
—Sean Price, "Pyrex"
Since Iverson, the shooting sleeve has been as much a staple of NBA fashion as anything, but it actually started as a happy little medical-MacGyvering accident. The New Yorker has a short history of how it happened—go give it a read.
Not even mad about it.
The first person Allen Iverson thanked in his jersey-retirement speech was Michael Jordan. "Yes, I was one of those kids that wanted to be like Mike," he said. Iverson proceeded to thank friends, family and former teammates, each name greeted by applause from the crowd. And then he thanked Stephen A. Smith and Howard…
Allen Iverson made his retirement official today, even though it's hard to know how, exactly, to define such a thing for him. Iverson, now 38, was never a professional basketball player so much as he was, foremost, an object in motion, tending always to stay in motion. If Iverson can be said to retire, then a…
He last played in the NBA in February 2010: But Allen Iverson nonetheless plans to announce his retirement from the NBA in the days ahead. [SLAM]
On a recent episode of Adrien Broner's online reality show, About Billions, Broner and his crew ran into Allen Iverson while they were partying in Atlanta. Above is Iverson's brief cameo—flagged by Grantland's Jay Caspian Kang—and it will make you miserable.
Yesterday, it was reported that Allen Iverson's ex-wife, Tawanna Iverson, had accused her former husband of abducting the former couple's five children and keeping them at an Atlanta hotel. And now things have just gotten more confusing.
Well, shit. The story of Allen Iverson's post-NBA life just keeps getting sadder and sadder. According to TMZ, Iverson's ex-wife, Tawanna Iverson, has filed court documents alleging that Iverson has refused to return their five children to her after getting permission to take them on a vacation in Charlotte, N.C., and…
Reports are swarming that LeBron James will be named the NBA’s MVP for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Somehow this makes Derrick Rose’s 2011 MVP — the only blemish in that stretch for LeBron — seem all the more impressive, if all the more anomalous. Only four other players (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill…
This Washington Post profile on how Allen Iverson is coping with life after the NBA is good. You should read it.
This video of Iverson airing a football out 60 yards is old, but it's still cool, so hush. If Andy Reid's looking for a quarterback solution to keep his coaching gig with the Eagles, The Answer is right there.
The video above—and any other existing clip that happens to be floating around on YouTube—can't do justice to Allen Iverson's press conference of May 7, 2002. The Practice Rant has come down through the years as a scattering of hilariously defiant, repetitious sound bites. But what made it a masterpiece was the…