He Witnessed His First Murder at 8-Years Old: Things You May Not Know about Allen Iverson
Before there was King James, there was ‘King Cross.’ At one time, Allen Iverson was the epitome of the golden child. He had it all: Great athletic ability, youth and lots of money. He is indisputably one of the most talented men the NBA has ever seen, so he deserves to be celebrated, studied and scrutinized. Here are some other interesting things about Allen Iverson.
9 Facts about Allen Iverson:
9. Iverson is one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, averaging 26.7 points per game. His playoff career average of 29.7 points per game is second only to Michael Jordan.
8. He was born to a teen mother, Ann Iverson. She was 15 years old when she gave birth to him.
7. At 8 years old, Iverson witnessed his first murder. He says one minute he was sitting on the porch with his friend, the next moment his friend was shot and bleeding.
6. He was an all around athlete: In high school, he was the starting quaterback, running back band corner back for his high school. He was able to lead his high school to championships in both football and basketball. He also won the Associated Press High School Player of the Year award in both sports.
5. At 17, Iverson received a 15-year prison sentence for allegedly hitting a woman in the head with a chair at a bowling alley. He was charged as an adult for the felony charge of maiming by mob. Later he was granted clemency, and the court of appeals overturned the charge due to insufficient evidence.
4. After two seasons at Georgetown, Iverson was selected as the first overall draft pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76er’s.
3. Iverson went on to be named NBA Most Valuable Player. He was 6 feet and 165 pounds, making him the shortest and lightest player to ever receive this award.
2. Iverson hit some tough times. He was bounced around from team to team because of his attitude and lack of chemistry with other players. Iverson played for the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, and Detroit Pistons before making his way back to his home with the Philadelphia 76’ers. Where he eventually retired.
1. Though Allen Iverson was one of the highest paid athletes of all time, he is now bankrupt and in debt. But there is light at the end of this tunnel, Reebok set aside a $30 million rainy day trust fund for Iverson. But he can’t touch the money until 2030. He will be 55 years old. At least he can be a rich old man.
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