Now that it’s been just over a decade since arguably the greatest press conference in history, A. I.’s now infamous “We Talkin Bout Practice” diatribe, maybe it’s time we check in on the former league MVP, 4 time scoring champion, and 11 time All Star, Allen Iverson.
Amid rumors that the future 1st ballot Hall of Famer is bankrupt, has had a restraining order placed on him by ex-wife Tawanna, and is continually planning another comeback to the NBA, Allen has resurfaced in China.
If you remember, Allen lasted only half of a season overseas, playing for Beskitas in Turkey before heading back to the states to nurse a painful calf injury. After turning down offers to play seemingly anywhere like the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Iran, and even a lucrative $20,000 a game contract to play indoor soccer, Iverson has been spotted halfway across the globe playing on the NBA Legends Tour in China.
It’s good to see A.I. once again playing the game he loves alongside longtime former NBA contemporaries like Shawn Kemp, Dennis Rodman, Stephon Marbury, and Clyde Drexler on a promotional tour where a team of former NBA stars plays against Chinese squads like Beijing Shougang, Shanxi Zhongyu and the Chinese Olympic National Team.
Although Iverson recently made a cameo appearance in a new Swizz Beatz video to help re-launch his Reebok clothing line, hoops will always be his money-maker, as Marbury is reportedly trying to recruit A.I. to play in the Chinese Basketball League next season.
Check out Iverson Droppin 27 on Marbury in China:
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.