Allen Iverson has been a staple in the NBA for years. Now, the Answer needs to leave the NBA in the past and get his life together.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Last week, it was reported that guard Allen Iverson would not return to the Philadelphia 76ers this season. The reason seemed logical, as he was supposed to be tending to his ill daughter. But now, the bad things are piling up for the 10-time NBA All Star. His wife of 18 years filed for divorce. A report by Stephen A. Smith said that A.I. is facing severe gambling and alcohol problems. This is what Smith wrote in the Philadelphia Inquirer...
Iverson will either drink himself into oblivion or gamble his life away.
The article points out that Iverson has been banned from casinos in Atlantic City and Detroit. The Answer responded to the reports via his twitter account...
To my fans: You all know that my life isn't perfect. I am going through some very tough times right now, like I am sure that we all do from time to time. However, I will stand tall like always with "rhino" thick skin. Even though I have become used to hearing people say things about me that aren't true, it still hurts. I encourage you to continue your ongoing support and I want you to trust that this is another obstacle in my life that, with God's help I will overcome. God Bless You All.
Iverson's fall from grace has happened as quick as he once crossed over Michael Jordan. He was never the same following his original trade from the Philadelphia 76ers. A.I. was good in Denver but the situation was awkward. It only got worse when he quit on the team in Detroit. Then, he signed to Memphis, pledging to help the team however he could. Yet, he complained when he was coming off the bench and was released. His tearful return to the 76ers was supposed to be the wake up call. Apparently, he has not got the message.
Pound-for-pound, he is possibly the greatest player in NBA history. He is 17th on the all-time scoring list and it appears that's where he will stay. Nobody did more with less, either talking about lack of size or lack of talented teammates. That is why it is sad to see him fall so hard. Hopefully, a talk from his old college coach and mentor, John Thompson, can help him get through this rough time. And he needs to take advice from his now famous tattoo, "Only the strong survive."
OVERTIME: Allen Iverson has had one of the longest running signature line of shoes. This year's model was the Answer XIII. There were a few very nice and comfortable pairs in the line but it all started with original and the best, the Reebok Questions.