Obviously we have all been reading over the last week about how Allen Iverson’s personal life is a an absolute mess right now. We did a post last week on the fact that his wife had filed for divorce on the same day that he and the Sixers parted ways for good this season. Stephen A. Smith wrote a lengthy story in the Inqy yesterday about how Iverson is battling the bottle and gambling problems. Every NBA “expert” on TV has weighed in on the topic as well. Last night “The Answer” finally spoke — sort of. Iverson sent a message to his fans via his Twitter account and the “statement” is sad and encouraging at the same time.
Here is the Tweet that Iverson posted last night…
“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.”
Peter May of Yahoo Sports posts an article about stars from the 1996 Draft class that fell of the basketball map this year. May dedicates a large portion of the story to Allen Iverson.
Brian over at depressedfan.com spoke with an individual who was at the meeting Ed Stefanski held with season ticket holders the other night. The most interesting thing we learned from reading the post was that Stefanski did not deny Howard Eskin’s report that head coach Eddie Jordan will be fired at the end of this season.
CSNPhilly.com’s Dei Lynam asks, “With 20 games remaining in the season, have the Sixers finally found a style that fits”?? The style Dei is referring to is playing Elton Brand with 4 “smalls”, pushing the rock and playing no defense. It worked in Toronto on Sunday because the Sixers shot the lights out against a banged up and no defense playing Raptors team. However, over the long haul, we believe it’s a recipe for disaster. Wait a minute we want the rest of the season to be a disaster in order to improve our draft position, so on second thought, please Eddie continue playing this style of ball.
Frank Hughes of SI.com examines what would happen if John Wall fell down the 2010 NBA Draft board. Should Wall fall to the 76ers, Hughes seems to indicate that Stefanski may hesitate in taking Wall, “Philly would then have trouble finding time for Williams (Louis)” writes Hughes. Look we like Louis and we think he could be a great 6th man in this League, but if Wall is available when the 76ers are on the clock in June, then the Sixers ABSOLUTELY MUST SELECT WALL and worry about the division of minutes later.
Foxsports.com has several video features on Allen Iverson’s current situation. Which to be honest seems to be getting more desperate with every NBA person we talk to on this topic. Stephen A. Smith claims that former Sixer President Pat Croce called him for Iverson’s number.