Allen Iverson struggling with life after basketball
Old 04-22-2013, 11:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Three years after Iverson’s last NBA game, the spotlight has shifted from his play to his flaws. His refusal back then to play by society’s rules was seen as an independent player’s quirks, part of the character and the brand, same as his cornrows and tattoos.

Practicing with hangovers added to the legend. Skipping team functions and refusing to obey the league’s dress code was a man who wouldn’t be held down. And embarrassing defenders on the way to the basket, in the NBA and before that at Georgetown, was a nightly statement by the 6-foot, 165-pound guard: If a man, no matter his size, is determined enough, he can get the better of giants.
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For the past three years, as Iverson chased an NBA comeback, his marriage fell apart and much of his fortune – he earned more than $150 million in salary alone during his career – dissolved. Now, those who once ignored past signals have recognized that basketball may have been the only thing holding Iverson’s life together.

“He has hit rock bottom, and he just hasn’t accepted it yet,” says former Philadelphia teammate Roshown McLeod.
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McKie and others have texted. Iverson responds sometimes, although days or weeks often pass. Other times, there’s no reply. He keeps to himself, something of a recluse, and declines most interview requests. Last year his eldest daughter, Tiaura, asked to live with her father, according to divorce testimony transcripts. She was concerned about how few people her dad interacts with.

“I just don’t like to see it end this way,” Brown said.

Multiple attempts to reach Iverson for this story were unsuccessful; Moore said Iverson has been told to avoid the spotlight. But more than 600 pages of transcripts and court documents from the divorce proceeding suggest that spurts of questionable behavior during his career weren’t just layers to Iverson’s character. They were warning signs.
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His play kept his shortcomings in the shadows, but at home, his behavior caused increasing worry. Tawanna testified that her husband was undependable and volatile. Alcohol intensified his flaws, she said, leading him to skip milestone events and stagger through others.

He hadn’t been present for Tiaura’s birth in 1994, and three years later, when Allen Jr. was born – they would call him Deuce – Iverson was “very intoxicated” and unable to drive her to the hospital, Tawanna told the court.
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After the divorce went final in January, Moore restarted the NBA comeback effort. Iverson declined an offer from the Dallas Mavericks’ NBA Development League team, posting on Twitter that “it is not the route for me.”

Moore called Tim Grover, a personal trainer who worked with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Grover said he spoke with Iverson, and they discussed a conditioning program. “Just get the muscles to get firing,” Grover said.

In late March, Grover pulled out of the arrangement, telling Moore he couldn’t dedicate the time for training Iverson.

And that was that. It was over.
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At 8 p.m., the lights are lowered, and flames blast from tubes. The announcer’s voice booms through the arena’s speakers: “A six-foot guard from Georgetown,” extending the syllables. The crowd erupts.

Iverson stands at midcourt, wearing a throwback Philadelphia Phillies warm-up jacket and dark sunglasses. He smiles and soaks in these seconds, cupping a hand around his ear the way he used to.

This is the closest Iverson will get to an NBA comeback. If the past three years have been this chaotic, what awaits him as he drifts farther from his basketball career – inching toward June 2030, when he’s eligible to receive what’s left of the Reebok money?
Allen Iverson, NBA icon, struggles with life after basketball - The Washington Post
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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His personal life might be in shambles but I think he's able to put food on his plate. Reebok has been bringing back his Question/Answer line in the past year and he's actually been at the forefront of their marketing - I'd even say that he's the face of their brand presently.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Excuse me, hold on, did you just say Allen Iverson was the face of Reeboks :"brand"?

Dude...serious?
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Excuse me, hold on, did you just say Allen Iverson was the face of Reeboks :"brand"?

Dude...serious?
Well, Reebok does suck major balls
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Reebok Athletes:

Bill Walker – SG, New York Knicks
Jason Terry – SG, Dallas Mavericks
Jameer Nelson – PG, Orlando Magic
John Wall – PG, Washington Wizards
Ramon Sessions – PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Willie Green – SG, Atlanta Hawks
Isaiah Thomas – PG, Sacramento Kings
Allen Iverson – SG, semi-retired
If I'm selling shoes - Iverson is the first guy I choose, maybe a close second to John Wall out of guys on that list.
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Crosby sells more shoes than him now hahaha
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I'm assuming he meant face of Reebok Basketball specifically.
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ugh, Reebok basketball needs to fire its marketing guy. or at least put more money into signing some decent players. Willie Green????
yikes.
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Crosby sells more shoes than him now hahaha
Like I said, Reebok blows.
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Pretty sure Wall left Reebok for Adidas or something.
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Excuse me, hold on, did you just say Allen Iverson was the face of Reeboks :"brand"?

Dude...serious?
Should've specified Reebok Basketball and he still is the most recognized of their (Reebok Basketball's) athletes.
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Pretty sure Wall left Reebok for Adidas or something.
Adidas has owned Reebok for the last few years. Wall's signature product wasn't doing too well so Adidas took him over and put him under their 'Crazy Light' brand or something along those lines.

Reebok as far as I know is going 'retro' only with their basketball product.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:28 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Shaq was endorsing Reebok back in the day
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:12 AM   #14 (permalink)
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reebok designs just never evolved as sleekly as adidas or nike. the same bulky high cut shape with it's unappealing logo placed in such large awkward places on the shoes never just clicked in the future with the modern slim look of the top shoes in the market.

even today, reebok stills tries to incorporate the same "go big" concept in a basketball market that demands a lighter shoe like the running shoes or modern training sneakers.

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Read that entire thing, have to say that was the most depressing basketball article I've every read.
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Shaq was endorsing Reebok back in the day
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