Allen Iverson’s Retirement Woes Reportedly Continue
Known as “The Answer” during the height of his NBA career, Allen Iverson is apparently out of answers in retirement.
When Iverson entered the league out of Georgetown as the No. 1 overall selection in the 1996 NBA Draft, he sported just one tattoo: The only ink on the then 21-year-old from Hampton, Va. was an image of a bulldog on his left bicep beneath the words “The Answer.” After Iverson’s prodigious scoring for the Philadelphia 76ers lifted him to NBA superstardom, his signature line of Reebok sneakers also bore that nickname. Perhaps foreshadowing his future legal and financial woes, Iverson was actually sued over his nickname in 2001 by an acquaintance claiming to have come up with the moniker.
Three years after he last played in the NBA, Iverson’s personal life is in shambles and his fortune has been squandered, as recently chronicled in a riveting feature in The Washington Post by Kent Babb.
“He has hit rock bottom, and he just hasn’t accepted it yet,” former 76ers teammate Roshown McLeod told Babb.
Despite his longstanding desire to return to the NBA, Iverson has been likelier to make headlines off the court than on it since the 76ers released him in March 2010. After a brief exhibition trip to China and an injury-shortened stint in Turkey, Iverson turned down a chance with the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League outfit in January 2013. His travails in semi-retirement — including a divorce, foreclosure and garnished wages — have been as likely to be reported by TMZ as by the traditional sports media outlets that covered his youthful exploits.