What’s Up With Allen Iverson?
Does anyone know The Answer? Why is the former MVP and four-time scoring champion almost having to beg for a new NBA contract, and even then, with the beyond-terrible LA Clippers?!
Just one season ago he finished third in the NBA in scoring, behind only LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. He’s not a scrub, he’s not a busted veteran trying to hang onto a roster spot. So the question has to be asked – has AI’s colorful history in the league now caught up with him?
One of the main ways Iverson shook up the NBA was through his hip-hop fashion style (and brash hip-hop attitude) which was on display from his rookie season in 1996. He even – directly or indirectly – brought about the NBA implementing a dress code in 2005, which stated players have to wear a suit on the bench if they’re inactive/injured, and also to and from the arena on game days. This “Iverson rule” also banned chains, headphones, indoor sunglasses and headwear. Some saw this as a subtle form of racism, and of course AI was one of the first players to speak out.
“I don’t think it’s good for the league – it kind of makes it fake. They’re targeting guys who dress like me, guys who dress hip-hop. Put a murderer in a suit and he’s still a murderer. It sends a bad message to kids.”
So why do you think AI is seemingly on the outer in NBA circles? Is he just another aging veteran on his last legs, or does it have more to do with his various off-court run-ins with the NBA powers that be?
Ray Allen photographs a post-cornrows Allen Iverson at last year’s All-Star Game.
Special shoutout to the two biggest Iverson fans on the planet – our very own Boss Lady and her lil’ sis “Mrs Iverson”!