Allen Iverson nicknamed “The Answer” is one of the best ball handlers in the history of the NBA. His famous crossover move made defending him an almost impossible task. Even the best defenders in the league felt confused seeing his insane dribbling and didn’t know how to guard him.
Allen had a tough life off the court. Born to a single mother who was 15 years old that time, Iverson did not have much to look forward to except sports. Iverson was the star of both the football and basketball teams at his High School. He was a star quarterback and point guard who led both teams to a state championship. The acclaimed star perhaps was not as thoughtful when it came to spending his fortune that he earned during his professional career.
Allen Iverson once abandoned his car at an airport, demonstrating his lavish behavior
Allen Iverson was a spendthrift living an extravagant life. During the early 2000s, Iverson was earning a lot of money and spending it equally. He spent $360,000 a month at one point, which eventually led to blowing through everything he’d earned.
In a video by ‘Frank Hrelja’ on Instagram, Iverson shared a story of his spending habits. Once, Iverson could not find his car at the airport, so he simply bought a new one. Of course, it was his money, and he had the right to spend it however he wanted, but many people criticized him for this waste of fortune. The car went on to rack up multiple tickets.
According to a report by ESPN, the abandoned car at the airport had four $300 tickets issued for parking at a handicapped spot. The vehicle was left there for more than a week. He had $1700 worth of tickets unpaid during that period.
Iverson not only spent a lot of money on himself, but he also bought lavish gifts for people he knew. He once gifted a Bentley to one of his teammates. Iverson did not have any regard for the money which he stored in his trash bags. Often the money would go missing. If not for his deal with Reebok, Iverson would have been broke. The Reebok deal not only paid him during his time as a player, but also secured his future.
Exploring Allen Iverson’s NBA career
In the 1996 NBA draft, Iverson was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the first overall pick. Allen Iverson played in the NBA for 14 years as a versatile guard. He had sick handles and was a dominant scorer.
Iverson won NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1997 and was an 11-time NBA All-Star. He even won the All-Star game MVP award in 2001 and 2005 and was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2001. The player got inducted in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in the year 2016 for his contributions to the game. In October 2021, he was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.
Iverson was a four-time scoring champion who won the scoring titles during the 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, and 2004–05 seasons. His regular season career scoring an average of 26.7 points per game ranks seventh all-time, and his playoff career scoring average of 29.7 points per game is second only to Michael Jordan. He led his team to the NBA finals in the 2000-2001 season. Later in his career, Iverson played for the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and the Memphis Grizzlies, before ending his NBA career with the 76ers during the 2009–10 season.
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