GETPlugged: Allen Iverson Struggles With Life After Basketball

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But Iverson isn’t a basketball player anymore. This is something most everyone but Iverson has accepted, and for years a question worried those closest to him: What happens when the most important part of a man’s identity, the beam supporting the other unstable matter, is no longer there?

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.

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“He has hit rock bottom, and he just hasn’t accepted it yet,” says former Philadelphia teammate Roshown McLeod.

“God gave him this great gift,” says Pat Croce, the former Sixers executive who selected Iverson first overall in the 1996 NBA draft. “But you knew one day, he was going to take it away.”

‘I worry about him’

Iverson stood during a divorce proceeding in Atlanta in 2012 and pulled out his pants pockets. “I don’t even have money for a cheeseburger,” he shouted toward his estranged wife, Tawanna, who then handed him $61.

 

Thankfully Reebok has given Allen a chance by giving him an endorsement deal and re-releasing his popular Reebok Question and Reebok Answer sneakers. With Tracy McGrady re-entering the league with the San Antonio Spurs I just KNEW Allen would get his shot. But so far, nothing. You’ve really got to finish reading this article CLICK HERE.

Via Washington Post

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