Searching for Answers

How the mighty have fallen.

When the 2009-2010 NBA Season happened, Allen Iverson nearly did not have a team. He was coming off a miserable season in Detroit, and into a free agent market where no team signed him and had generated very little to no interest.

He signed with the Memphis Grizzlies, only to leave after a few games, to tend to “family issues”. At first it just seemed that family issues was a cover up for him believing he should start instead of coming off the bench. Little did we know that there was a lot more going on in A.I.’s world than what met the eye.

Iverson eventually found a team in December: his old team, the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers took Iverson in, and Iverson has been nothing but a team player and mentor, but things got worse off the court: his daughter fell ill, and he and his wife of many years, Tawanna, has filed for divorce and sole custody of the couple’s children. Due to these issues, the Sixers felt it was a distraction to the team, as Iverson has been in and out with the team, and allowed him to take time away indefinitely.

Reports earlier this week from Philadelphia Enquirer columnist Stephen A. Smith said that A.I. was facing alcohol and gambling problems. With the circumstances that he’s faced, it can be understood that is a possibility. John Thompson, Iverson’s college coach at Georgetown, has reached out to him, as he has been there for Iverson through the tough times in his life.

Iverson has acknowledged that he is “going through tough times” on his Twitter account:

To my fans: You all know that my life isn’t perfect. I am going through some very tough times right now, like I am sure that we all do from time to time. However, I will stand tall like always with “rhino” thick skin. Even though I have become used to hearing people say things about me that aren’t true, it still hurts. I encourage you to continue your ongoing support and I want you to trust that this is another obstacle in my life that, with God’s help I will overcome. God Bless You All.

Nobody knew that the fall of A.I. would be this big, but one thing Iverson has shown on the court in his career: he has done the impossible, and he has been one of the toughest guys. He will need this mentality to overcome the off-court problems, which he can definitely overcome and prevail at the end of the day.

As Iverson searches for answers, nothing but the best is wished for him through this time in his life.

    • TSX Fan
    • March 10th, 2010

    Great post!

    I hope that AI pulls through. Some people can not handle the pressure.

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