If you haven’t yet read it, I recommend Kent Babb’s Washington Post story on how Allen Iverson is handling (or: isn’t handling) his retirement from basketball:
Iverson kept waiting for NBA teams to call. Last August, Iverson’s son Deuce, now 15, enrolled in a Pennsylvania school and families were invited to group counseling. Tawanna testified that Iverson skipped most of the sessions, including a lunch with his son. During a meeting he did attend, the speaker told the children about success, and how Donald Trump had seized opportunities.
Iverson interrupted, telling them that he had been the man with money and fame. Then he said something Tawanna would remember.
“What are you supposed to do,” she recalled him saying, “when, you know, they don’t want you anymore?”
A very sobering read about the most entertaining athlete I watched growing up in Philadelphia. I hope there’s a path to a good outcome. Some people float the idea that he should be hired for some sort of position with the 76ers, but I don’t see how anyone with the 76ers looks at his life and figures that’s a good idea. It’s a shame, too: his appearance at Game 6 of the Celtic series last year was electric. I was there, and his arrival seemed to take an already-important game to the next level.
Here’s an idea for Adam Aron: scrap those oft-delayed mascot plans and just hire A.I. to fire the crowd up.