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By BILL ORDINE | March 21, 2008
In sports, often we're OK with buying in to stereotypes. I don't mean nasty, black-hearted stereotypes that pigeonhole whole ethnic groups, but rather those wide-world-of-fun-and-games stereotypes. You know what I'm talking about. Duke basketball. Alex Rodriguez. The Oakland Raiders. Steadfastly clinging to a narrow perspective about players and teams keeps sports familiar to us, which means comfortable. And sometimes, we're reluctant to give up certain strong beliefs because to do otherwise would require us to admit we might have been wrong.
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September 14, 2010
With no one interested in signing him in the NBA, guard Allen Iverson reportedly is considering an offer to play in China. Iverson's personal manager, Gary Moore , told NBA.com his client hasn't been been contacted by any NBA team with training camps set to open in less than two weeks. Moore said they have a "legitimate interest" with a team in China to work out a deal. Moore did not know the team's name but said the Chinese team first approached the 35-year-old Iverson last month.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | January 17, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Among the multitude of tattoos that cover his scrawny body, the one burned into the back of his left shoulder speaks volumes about where Allen Iverson seems to be in his NBA career, and perhaps his life. "The Realist," it reads. The reality of Iverson's situation is that he is stuck with a mediocre team that one night looks as if it's headed for the NBA playoffs and the next looks as if it could be free-falling toward the draft lottery. Yesterday's meeting with the Washington Wizards was certainly a case for the latter, as the Philadelphia 76ers lived up to their nickname in a lackluster 104-76 loss.
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December 3, 2009
The New Jersey Nets were pounded into NBA infamy Wednesday night, falling 117-101 to the Mavericks for their 18th straight loss to start the season. The Mavs made 17 of 19 shots and opened a 27-point lead in a nearly flawless second quarter, burying the Nets early. The Nets passed the 1988-89 Heat and 1999 Clippers, who both dropped their first 17 games. New Jersey's next chance to end the streak comes Friday at home against the Bobcats. • Allen Iverson signed a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the 76ers three years after their acrimonious split led to his trade.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Sun Staff | June 6, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- Allen Iverson doesn't believe much in the power of moral victories, because they usually come in place of the real thing. But in this transcendent season, when Iverson has willed his Philadelphia 76ers into the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers and his reputation into the sunlight, even the odd moral victory can prove useful. Take Friday's 110-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, for instance. There normally isn't much to take out of a game when you fall behind by as much as 33 points, as the Sixers did, but Iverson, who nearly led the charge back with 26 points in the fourth quarter, picked up one more piece of valuable information about his team.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | November 22, 1996
PHILADELPHIA -- Standing near center court, preparing for the tip of that night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Terrell Brandon has no idea that -- courtesy of Allen Iverson -- he is about to have his ankles broken.Not literally, of course. It's a playground term, describing the collapse of a badly beaten defender. Which is where Brandon finds himself early in the game. One minute he's on top of Iverson, who alternates his dribble from hand to hand. And when Brandon tries to grab the bait, Iverson is suddenly gone on one of his many forays to the rim -- leaving Brandon and his "broken ankles" sprawling.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | February 19, 1996
They share a name and a habit of appearing regularly on the nightly highlights, but the college basketball careers of the Allen "brothers" couldn't have begun more differently.Ray Allen is the main piece in Connecticut's climb to a No. 3 ranking, but the junior swingman wasn't even regarded as the Huskies' best freshman two years ago. Coming out of Dalzell, S.C., in 1993, he was the second-most overlooked prospect in the nation -- after Joe Smith -- and didn't start as a freshman.Conversely, has there ever been a more scrutinized recruit than Allen Iverson, Georgetown's sophomore point guard?
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By CHILDS WALKER and CHILDS WALKER,SUN REPORTER | January 19, 2006
Two Philadelphia sports teams returned home last week. Despite wondrous performances by its nationally renowned star, the first split two games before tepid crowds. The second arrived in glory with the best record in its league and played before another guaranteed full house. And that's about how it has gone all season for the 76ers and Flyers in Baltimore's sports-crazed neighbor to the north. The Sixers boast one of the biggest national stars in Allen Iverson, but have struggled to break .500 and attract fans.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | May 19, 2000
PHILADELPHIA - He is, depending on the point of view, one of the most misunderstood players ever to lace up a pair of sneakers or simply misanthropic, a symbol for all that is wrong with the National Basketball Association. He is, depending on the hour of the day, the kind of supernova who will lead the Philadelphia 76ers back to their glorious past or just too selfish and irresponsible to be part of a championship team. Revered and reviled, Allen Iverson has won grudging respect from the critics who followed him here from Georgetown four years ago and grew in great numbers as he showed little reverence for the league's stars or its history.
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By John Smallwood and John Smallwood,PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS | November 20, 2002
PHILADELPHIA - Allen Iverson was relaxed. Wearing a Philadelphia Sixers sweat suit, accented with his dazzling array of platinum and diamond jewelry, the man known as "The Answer" was ready to speak his mind. If Tawanna Iverson was nervous, she never let it show - although this was clearly not her scene. Despite being married to one of the country's most popular athletes, she always has been more comfortable in the background, away from the white-hot glare that has been a fixture in her husband's life almost since the moment they met as high school students in Virginia.
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December 2, 2009
Allen Iverson and the 76ers are closer to a reunion. A person with knowledge of the contract talks said the Sixers offered a one-year, non-guaranteed contract to Iverson on Tuesday. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract talks had not been made public. Iverson, his agent and business manager met with members of the organization Monday during the first formal meeting between the Sixers and their former MVP. A 10-time All-Star, Iverson announced his retirement last week after an ill-fated stint with the Grizzlies.
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November 28, 2009
Larry Brown has a message for Allen Iverson : Don't give up. Iverson's former coach said Friday he thinks the 10-time All-Star "still has a passion to play" and shouldn't retire. An online report this week indicated Iverson had decided to end his career after receiving little interest from NBA teams. Brown, who coached Iverson in Philadelphia when he was voted league MVP in 2001 while leading the 76ers to the NBA Finals, said he's been trying to get in touch with him. "Anybody that knows him understands how much he loves to play," said Brown, now coaching the Bobcats.
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November 26, 2009
Allen Iverson is set to retire from the NBA, according to an online report. Commentator Stephen A. Smith published a statement on his Web site Wednesday attributed to Iverson. It says Iverson plans to retire, but the 10-time All-Star also said, "I feel strongly that I can still compete at the highest level." Iverson played three games this season with the Grizzlies before taking a leave of absence to attend to personal matters. He was waived after the two sides agreed to part ways.
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By Ray Frager | January 30, 2009
Celtics@Pistons 7 p.m. [ESPN] Boston is on a roll again, but Detroit has been struggling of late, having lost eight of its past 12. That raises questions about the integration of Allen Iverson (left) with the Pistons.
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By From Sun news services | November 10, 2008
Chauncey Billups is learning on the job. Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets keep winning. Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) scored 24 points, Billups had 16 points and 10 assists, and host Nuggets beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 100-90, last night. Billups, who came to Denver last week in a deal that sent Allen Iverson to the Detroit Pistons, said he's still getting used to his new teammates. That didn't stop him from playing a key role despite shooting 2-for-13 from the field. "This is like night and day from what I'm used to, and that's not a bad thing," Billups said.
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG | November 5, 2008
I don't think we'll ever see another player as polarizing as Allen Iverson in my lifetime. Throughout his career, he has been used as a symbol to explain everything that is right with the modern NBA and everything that is wrong about the modern NBA. Personally, I always thought Iverson got unfairly blamed for a lot of things, among them the playoff failings in Philadelphia and Denver. The Nuggets' problem wasn't that Iverson and Carmelo Anthony couldn't jell; they jelled quite nicely.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | May 23, 1999
PHILADELPHIA -- It was a volatile situation that threatened to destroy the Philadelphia 76ers' season, the clash of egos between the high-salaried superstar and the well-paid coach.That's when millionaire team president Pat Croce decided to get involved, in hopes his young, promising team would stay the course. He sought an audience last month with the two principals, guard Allen Iverson and coach Larry Brown, to smooth over the situation."It was a major concern, because I want a harmonious family -- I want a family that loves each other," Croce said.
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By Ray Frager | January 30, 2009
Celtics@Pistons 7 p.m. [ESPN] Boston is on a roll again, but Detroit has been struggling of late, having lost eight of its past 12. That raises questions about the integration of Allen Iverson (left) with the Pistons.
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By BILL ORDINE | May 2, 2008
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl (above) made an interesting declaration yesterday. He said his team, which features Carmelo Anthony of Baltimore and Allen Iverson, would be made to toe the line next season. After his 50-win Nuggets were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, Karl promised he'd be tougher (yet, not too tough) on his guys going forward. And that the players would do things more his way rather than their own. Among the specifics was more "public service."
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