Thoughts on Allen Iverson

For those of you who don’t know Allen Iverson went to the same high school I graduated from (What’s up Bethel Bruins.) Being from the same area as him, I know what he came from while I might not know him personally. So, to hear rumors of some of the things he might be going through right now is disturbing. I wrote this on which is a basketball magazine website and I just thought I’d repost it here.

Just my thoughts for what they are worth.

I think due to media portrayals of Iverson, and his own reckless actions his image will always be a mixed bag. For those of us that appreciate the game his legacy will be bittersweet.
On the one hand he was just an exceptional athlete with incredible God given talent and no one is ever going to be able to take away what he did on the court, the many people he touched with his tough as nails play ,and his unyielding attitude. The passion that he approached the game with is irreproachable.

On the other hand, there will always be that feeling of what if? What if he had been able to overcome his demons, fully dedicate himself to the game, and maximize what we all saw as his potential? He would have been a much greater player than he is and in some ways that fills me with a certain sense of loss. In any case, it makes me sad to read all this stuff about him and I hope it’s not as bad as they say.

Iverson’s career was kind of like a reckless racecar driver, while he was racing you loved what he was doing and in the back of your head you wondered how long he could keep it up, but you knew one day he would crash. We all pulled for him to somehow avoid that inevitable crash. Now it seems like that crash is finally here, and it’s like the wreck that is disgusting to look at but you still can’t look away from it. I just hope he’s resilient enough to survive it.