The Sixers are playing the Hornets tonight, and NBC Sports Philadelphia wrangled Allen Iverson for a courtside interview in which you could see Joel Embiid reflected in his sunglasses. The magic of television!
Who would have thought that a casual basketball league marketed with the draw of seeing an entertaining but notoriously mercurial and old player would fall apart because said old player stopped giving a shit about casual basketball?
The Big3 league said it is investigating Allen Iverson’s absence after the Hall of Famer failed to show up for a game in Dallas on Sunday.
Allen Iverson was on time.
Tonight, FS1 will broadcast all the hot 3-on-3 action that took place at the Nets’ arena in Brooklyn yesterday. The conceit of the Big 3 was pretty simple: Ice Cube rounded up a bunch of old NBA stars and had them play 3-on-3 hoops. The fact that they were all old really affected the quality of play.
You’re familiar with Allen Iverson, but you may not be familiar with Post Malone, a rapper whose first hit single is called “White Iverson.” Last night, Malone and Iverson met for what appears to be the first time, which was big news for Malone’s fanbase, which I assume mostly consists of dirtbag white teens who annoy…
Some of the highlights from Allen Iverson’s Hall of Fame speech Friday night: comparing his first game against Michael Jordan to a Chappelle’s Show skit, tearfully thanking former Georgetown coach John Thompson for saving his life, calling out those who crossed him, honoring his family, and expressing gratitude for…
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…