HoopsHype Allen Iverson rumors

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All the Mavs cared about is that Ellis knocked down 16 of those shots, and they needed every single one to beat the Bulls. "People talk about the efficiency and this and that," Mavs owner Mark Cuban said. "But in a game like this, you need shots and open looks and scores at the right time. When it counts, baby, when it counts. When it counts! "S---, they gave Allen Iverson an MVP for being half as efficient as Monta is." ESPN.com

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Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he's endorsed by rival Reebok. Detroit Free Press

Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar demanded answers. Iverson says Nike used his identity, likeness and persona without permission for a sneaker out of the company's Zoom Flight '96 collection. The ambiguously titled sneaker has the No. 3 — Iverson's number — on each back heel and the red, white and blue colors of the Philadelphia 76ers. Neither Iverson nor the Sixers are named on the sneaker or on the branding for the shoe, which were expected to be released later this year or in early 2015. USA Today Sports

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The former Nuggets and Sixers guard is in the Philippines for the “All In” celebrity basketball game and spoke to reporters about an array of subjects, from his top five NBA players, to his 16-year-old son, to why he wants to mentor young players. He also, jokingly, offered up this gem: “I’d never want to be a coach. We’d never practice.” Denver Post

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Agent Sheryl Reyes, who organized the charity game, revealed that up until two years ago, there were offers for Iverson to suit up in the PBA. No less than seven teams, according to Reyes, inquired about Iverson's availability then. When asked why he didn't consider the offers, Iverson had a frank answer. “I'm done in this stage of my life,” said the 11-time NBA All-Star. “I don't want to do it anymore.” GMANetwork.com

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Stephenson wants to do more than just play basketball. He wants to rap, as well. Two months before the season began, Stephenson released a rap song, called “Hot N---a,” a take on the rapper Bobby Shmurda’s song that spawned the popular “Shmoney Dance.” Stephenson took the beat to the song and says in four hours he came up with his lyrics. He stripped Shmurda’s lyrics of misogyny and gun violence and replaced them with rhymes about his basketball talents, endorsements for his And 1 shoe company, reminiscing about watching Allen Iverson, his excitement to play with Hornets point guard Kemba Walker and more. “Brooklyn-bred now I’m out in N.C.,” the end of the song’s first verse goes. “Me and Kemba in the backcourt n---as as dead meat/Pops held me, down kept me out the streets/They wonder how the rose grew up out the concrete… “I’ve been ballin’ hard since like the fifth grade/Watching A.I. gettin’ 40 with the French braids/Love Indiana, I’m gonna miss some good days/Charlotte Hornet, M.J. that’s a new way.” Charlotte Observer

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LeBron James met with reporters Saturday and said he’s feeling better after cramps forced him to leave Game 1. With three days of rest before Game 2 Sunday night, James feels prepared for the biggest game of the season. Teammate Dwyane Wade asked James the final question of the interview session. “Ready to go to practice so we can get better, bro?” James launched into a shortened version of Allen Iverson’s famed practice rant (on Iverson’s 39th birthday). “Practice? Not the game! You talking about practice?” For The Win

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You can't talk about the Sixers without talking about Iverson and Brown, and their much-publicized contentious relationship. You couldn't draw up two more completely different personalities. Being on the inside, what was it like to see that unfold? Pat Croce: It was difficult because they were at each other's throats, and there was the one time when Larry Brown called me and Iverson called me because (Brown) sat him on the bench in Detroit—I wasn't there—and I got a call that night because I saw that he sat him. And I heard there was a blast on the bus and Larry Brown wanted him traded the next day. And Iverson called me, which was rare, and he wanted him fired. So I said, "We'll meet in the conference room at the practice facility." And all the team is waiting outside the glass with the assistant coaches, and inside the room was Larry Brown on one side of the table, Allen Iverson and me on the other side and Billy King toward the end of the table. And I think Tony DiLeo, our scouting director, was also there. It was really ugly, like really. Allen came in ready to kill someone. I've never seen him in such a foul mood. He wanted no part with this coach, none. This was my fourth year and (Brown's) third year. It got really ugly, and I remember saying—to this day, I don't think Larry Brown likes me because of this, because I made him sit down in this meeting, but it was the catalyst that turned our whole world around—"You two, I'm not going to trade him, Larry, and I'm not going to fire you. There's no way." I said, "You guys don't understand. You both are so talented, the best of what you do in your business. You're so headstrong. If you were to look in the mirror, you'd see each other. You both have a common goal; you just go about it in different ways." Bleacher Report

Pat Croce: With that I said, "Allen, the coach doesn't like when you motherf--k him when he takes you out of the game. That's disrespectful. Would you do that to your father or to your mother?" And he looked at me and he said, "No." I said, "I don't care how much you want to play; it's the coach's plan whether you play or not." I looked at coach and said, "Larry, Allen doesn't like when you treat him like the white prison guard that says, 'Sit down, n----r.' " And Larry went, "What?" He looked at me and I said, "That's what (Iverson) said. He said he feels that you are disrespecting him." So they both were looking at each other. I said, "You both are looking at each other in a wrong way." What I said at the time, then they started to talk. And Allen got up, walked all the way around the table and hugged him. I remember it to this day. That was the beginning; that was the real turnaround, I'll tell you. That year we did real well. We lost to the Indiana Pacers in the second round (in 2000), and then the next year it was a really, really good year, starting off 10-0 and Allen was co-captain. But it was really, really ugly and scary at that time. And Larry did call me after that, and I thought he was going to thank me, but he was angry. He said, "How dare you put me in a position equal to a player?" I said, "Larry, I'm sorry you feel that way, but you're bigger than this. Now you have a relationship." That was the little wedge between the two of us. It didn't matter to me because I'm all about people. I know how to unpeel the onion, and I wanted to peel it all the way down. Bleacher Report

March 5, 2014 Updates

Allen Iverson had a memorable career for many things on the court, but perhaps nothing defined his career off the court more than his rant about practice in 2002. 12 years later, he brought it back for a perfect performance in a Reebok commercial that premiered earlier this week. In the spot, Shaq and Shawn Kemp are in a barber shop talking about pants of the past and present when Iverson spins around in a chair. “Pants?” he asks, with the same incredulousness that he said “Practice?” in his original rant. “We talking about pants? Not the game but pants? How silly is that. Old man, take this cape off, I’m out of here. We talking about pants?” For The Win

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Who was the toughest player for you to guard during your career? DA: There was a couple. When I played it was tough. I was a tough guard but think about it, you had these shooting guards: Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, Mitch Richmond, Latrell Sprewell, Allan Houston, Steve Smith, JR Rider... Just naming those guys, you knew you had a tough night every night and if you watched on TV you said 'Man, this is a great game!' Now you can't name me five apart from Kobe [Bryant], [James] Harden and maybe Joe Johnson... It was fun back then. Mario Elie, Allen Iverson was a two-guard back then... There was a bunch of talent. Now? There's nothing. HoopsHype

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