Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson by Kent Babb“This is more than just great sports writing, this is writing at its best. Babb strips away the public persona of iconic superstar Allen Iverson to tell a stunning story of triumph, tribulation and ultimate tragedy.”
— R.G. Belsky, author of “The Kennedy Connection” and “The Midnight Hour”
“Allen Iverson was impossible to ignore, a one man hurricane, on the court and off; equal parts dynamic and depressing. With Not a Game Kent Babb brilliantly tells his story and its a tour de force like AI himself.”
— Dan Wetzel, National Columnist, Yahoo! Sports and New York Times bestselling author
Former NBA superstar Allen Iverson was once one of Americas most famous athletes: a trendsetter who transcended race, celebrity, and pop culture, and emerged from a troubled past to become one of the most successful and highly compensated athletes in the world. Now, his life and career comes vividly to light in this hard-hitting biography that examines what drove his successes and failures.
Through extensive research and interviews with those closest to Iverson, acclaimed Washington Post sportswriter Kent Babb gets behind the familiar, sanitized, and heroic version of Iverson: the hard-charging, hard-partying athlete who played every game as if it were his last. Babb brings to life a private, loyal, and often generous Allen Iverson who rarely made the headlines, revealing the back story behind some of Iversons most memorable moments, such as his infamous Practice rant, delving even deeper to discover where Iversons demons lurked. He drank too much, stayed out too late, spent more money than most people could spend in a dozen lifetimes: blowing more than $150 million of his NBA earnings alone. His then wife Tawanna, seen often as the mild-mannered woman who tamed the bad boy, tried to keep her husband and family on the rails. But she was no match, as so many others learned on basketball courts, for the force of nature that Iverson was: jealousy, meanness, and a restlessness eventually wearing down even his biggest fan, teammate, and, eventually, his most formidable opponent.
Over time, Iverson himself had come to believe his own hype: that he lived in a world where celebrity is eternal and riches are everlasting. He was about that life even when he was no longer the fastest man on the court, as endorsement deals and long-term contracts became a thing of the past. Some in his inner circle saw the writing on the wall and encouraged Iverson to embrace life beyond basketball. But instead, he remained in denial.
Not a Game is an impeccably researched, sometimes uncomfortable look at the factors that led to the rise and fall of a basketball superstar. In doing so, it illuminates the dark side of our modern day, multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment culture in which talented players are disposable and all too often success and tragedy wear the same number.
Report: Allen Iverson — is not broke because a friend was smart
Allen Iverson was an time All-Star. He won the league MVP in He led the league in scoring four times throughout his career. And his No. It's safe to say Iverson had a very impressive career. Yet perhaps his biggest accomplishment is that he's still getting millions of dollars a from Reebok despite not playing in an NBA game since Back in , Iverson signed a lifetime endorsement and marketing deal with Reebok right after winning his MVP award.
Allen Iverson Wiki, Early Life
There have been a lot of reports Iverson is busted. - Iverson played for 14 seasons in the NBA at both the shooting guard and point guard positions. His father Allen Broughton had abandoned his mother.
Allen Iverson was born on June 7, in Hampton, Virginia. He briefly attended Georgetown University before being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in He eventually went on to become an time NBA all star and one of the greatest point guards of all time. Iverson was a controversial player both on and off the court. He was originally recruited straight from a Virginia jail cell by Georgetown University head coach John Thompson. Iverson had been arrested for his involvement in a bar fight and faced a lengthy prison term.
Can you be both broke and multimillionaire at the same time? The common sense answer is no, but when it comes to Allen Iverson, retired professional basketball player, things get very confusing. How is that possible, you ask? Well apparently, once people reach a certain income level their perception of money value tends to change. At least this seems to be the case of Allen Iverson. He is known for his extravagant spending.
This American athlete is a professional basketball player, who plays as the point guard and shooting guard. After thriving in the high school as a dual sport athlete, Iverson also attended the Georgetown University for two years. In the year , Iverson got the opportunity to join the National Basketball Association in Philadelphia 76er. Between the years of to , he was the top scorer for four times, throughout his NBA career. He also made the record for scoring 2nd highest game average, after Michael Jordan. During the years — , Iverson played for the 76ers.