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Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:164 lbs. / 74.8 kg.
Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:164 lbs. / 74.8 kg.
Iverson and the crew all made it back to America safe and sound. But the damage remains in China. Iverson’s fans were completely misled and misinformed causing a bad spell on his image. Li Dong and David Lee, two Chinese agents looking to become big players in the market had no regard for proper business etiquette. They took this opportunity as a cash grab, without any consideration for Iverson or his fans, they saw dollars signs and stopped at nothing to grab it. While Iverson still loves his fans in China, he had this to say, “I will never come back to China because of David Lee and Li Dong.”
At this point Abdur-Rahim is crushed. He’s known Li Dong for over two year and thought he had built a solid relationship with him but that all collapsed. Li Dong embarrassed Abdur-Rahim, who was representing Iverson. “It was a really, really bad feeling. To know that the people you are supposed to trust and do business with are lying to you and misleading the public.” But things got really scary when the Hefei government sided with Li Dong and David Lee rather than offer protection like the Xi’An government did. “In Hefei, the government wouldn’t even show up. We called down from our room, and the staff at the Westin hotel said the government wants Iverson to play and they weren’t coming. Then they cut all the phone lines from our room so we couldn’t call out.”
So there it was. Li Dong will pay Iverson $1.5 million to play two-minutes per game in the next four games of the tour, David Lee doesn’t go to jail and won’t commit suicide, and Li Dong’s name will be cleared from all of his mistakes he made from misleading the public to straight up lying to local promoters. But $1.5 million is a big number. And Abdur-Rahim knew that these two agents were shady. So he writes up another contract stating the new details and that the reason for signing a new contract is because the first one was breached. “We didn’t trust these guys. So we said money up front. But I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I could see Li Dong panicking a little when this was all going down. So as expected they couldn’t do the $1.5 million up front. Li Dong said he could front $1 million up front and the rest on August 2nd. So we agreed on that.”
Prior to Iverson’s arrival, Li Dong made a side deal with the local promoter of Harbin stating Iverson to play in the game. So the local promoter had no problems selling tickets to local fans advertising the former NBA MVP to play in an exhibition game. Li Dong knew the contract with Iverson is a coaching only contract. But coaching might not sell tickets, and in the end, coaching might not get Li Dong the money he wants. So what Li Dong thought he could do, is lie to the local promoters, and have the local promoters lie to the fans, and finally try and use some convincing skills to make Iverson play. But Iverson wasn’t budging. He is in no shape to be playing. So when Iverson refused Li Dong’s constant effort to make him play, Li Dong was in trouble. According to sources familiar with the situation, Li Dong approached some of the American players from ‘Team Iverson’ after the game and demanded them to tell the Chinese media that Iverson didn’t play due to a leg injury.
The Inquirer reported Tuesday that former coach Larry Brown has been lobbying the 76ers to hire Allen Iverson as an assistant general manager. There is one person who wholeheartedly supports that move: Iverson himself. “I may not know everything about physical talent or anything like that, but I have a sharp mind when it comes to that look, being able to look into somebody’s eyes to tell if they are going to be in the foxhole with you tonight or if they are not,” Iverson said Thursday night. “To me, I am a basketball genius and I really believe that, so at any capacity I could help this franchise, that is what I am going to do, whatever they ask me to do.”
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Yesterday, it came to our attention that Larry Brown vehemently denied having said Iverson had been drinking before the news conference, a point brought up by Kent Babb, author of the Iverson bio, “Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson,” during his appearance on the Innes and Bruno Show on 94WIP last week. “I said the wrong thing on the radio show last Thursday,” Babb said via email, “and that’s what got back to Larry. I told them that I had first heard about it from Larry Brown [Brown acknowledged to Babb that he said Iverson went to Houlihan’s at City Avenue and Presidential Boulevard before the presser], which is true, but I went on to say that Brown mentioned red eyes and slurring. That actually came from other people; I mistakenly attributed that in the radio appearance to Brown. That was a mistake on my part. I should’ve reacquainted myself with that chapter and who said precisely what before doing the interview.”
This was pointed out to Lue at Finals media availability, and while he’s had a good sense of humor about this play in the past, his response today showcased his competitive nature. J.A. Adande: Ty Lue’s reaction: “Did they put up the anniversary of my championship ring a couple days later?”
In a conversation with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that he relayed on “First Take,” Allen Iverson denied being drunk during his 2002 “practice” rant. “This is a flat-out lie,” Smith said Friday on “First Take.” “Allen Iverson was not drunk the day he had that press conference about practice.”
Iverson expressed concern that some of the information came from members of Iverson’s inner circle, Smith said. Iverson also said he is not surprised by the book because people have been saying a lot of things about him.
Iverson remained on the sideline as coach, and after the game went to a promotional dinner that included Yao Ming. When Iverson readied to depart for a 6 a.m. flight Thursday to Xi’an, sources say local fans and promotors closed off transportation, leaving him without a plane until later in the day. There was strong support within Iverson’s family to scrap the tour and return to the United States. As one source told RealGM, “He did everything he could to leave for his next city, and they still held him hostage. For a guy who’s beloved in China, it was ridiculous.”
Despite signing an agreement to coach a Chinese tour, Allen Iverson has been pushed so hard to play by local promoters in Harbin, China, that officials held the 11-time NBA All-Star in the city and delayed his next stop, sources told RealGM on Thursday. Iverson won in his head coaching debut Wednesday, leading Team Iverson to a 10-point victory over Lioning. A future basketball Hall of Famer, Iverson no longer has a desire to play, thus signing a coaching deal for the tour. Still, local promoters in Harbin wanted him to step outside of his contract and put on a jersey, later preventing him to move forward on the tour against his will, sources said.
Allen Iverson has many tattoos — and, for the most part, they are all meaningful to him. But there might be one exception. In the above video, the retired NBA star opened up to the Huffington Post about covering up a tattoo on his right forearm. “My friend… used to tease me about a tattoo I had right here, but it was so big and what he was teasing me about — he said it looked like a flying monkey. It’s supposed to have been a grim reaper holding a ball. But it did look like a monkey… He was teasing me so much that I had to cover it with the panther… It had to be something big. So this really is the only one that don’t mean anything. This was just a cover up.”
In the clip, Iverson opens-up about why he’s become such a lightning rod for criticism: He says that his hairstyle and tattoos have made him the target for “thug” stereotypes, adding that at 40-years-old, he doesn’t “think I should defend myself anymore.” “All my tattoos that I have mean something. Because I have my kid’s name on my body and my mom’s name on my body, it’s a bad thing? It’s just a stereotype.”
Q: Have you ever or would you ever consider being a TV commentator? If so, what network would you want to work with? Allen Iverson: I don’t like commentary because I don’t like talking negative about people. I have had it done to me so much, so I know how it feels.
Q: Who is your favorite point guard in the league right now and why? Allen Iverson: Westbrook no doubt. He’s a certified killer. Beast.
Michael Lee: Allen Iverson says “rumors” of him being broke are a “myth.” youtube.com/watch?v=tKbGC-… #theanswer
Allen Iverson’s financial woes have been a subject of headlines for years, even late in his NBA career, but to hear the former NBA MVP tell it, none of it is true. When asked on “CBS This Morning” if it’s true that Iverson burned through more than $150 million and is struggling financially, he replied, “That’s a myth. That’s a rumor.” “Which part?” Charlie Rose pressed. “The fact that I’m struggling in any part of my life,” Iverson said. The exchange takes place at the 5:35 mark in the video below.
Among the candidates to replace Erving are former Sixers star Allen Iverson (O’Neil didn’t respond to a question about Iverson being a possibility) and young big men Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid.
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