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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.
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LeBron James ' love affair with Allen Iverson lives on. Understand that LeBron isn't calling Iverson the greatest player ever. Michael Jordan can rest easy knowing The King hasn't attempted to defile his legacy. Standing at 6'0" and tipping the scale at around pounds, Iverson didn't tower over or outmuscle anyone. He scored out of sheer will.
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Top definition. One of the greatest basketball players of all time. Allen Iverson crossed over MJ in his rookie year! Allen Iverson unknown. Arguably the best point guard player in the league today, and one of the best to play the two positions of shooting guard and point guard. Trained with his friend Ben when he was young and from the help of his parents he strived up into the rank of NBA superstar.
Following two successful years at Georgetown, Iverson declared eligibility for the NBA draft , and was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick. His regular season career scoring average of Iverson represented the United States at the Summer Olympics , winning the bronze medal. He returned as a player-coach for 3's Company in the inaugural season of the BIG3. Iverson was born in Hampton, Virginia , to a single year-old mother, Ann Iverson, and was given his mother's maiden name after his father Allen Broughton left her.
He became the first great athlete to be strongly identified with the hip-hop movement. Athletic success and controversy came to Iverson at an early age. At age 17 he was jailed after being accused of starting a racially charged brawl in a bowling alley, but his conviction was later overturned because of lack of evidence. He was offered a scholarship to Georgetown University in Washington, D. Although he was one of the smallest players in the league, standing 6 feet 1. His quickness and his signature crossover dribble often left even the best defenders helpless.