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Allen Iverson

Early Life

Allen Iverson was born in Hampton, VA to his 15 year old mother. His biological father left him before birth and was raised by his mother(Ann) and her boyfriend(Michael Freeman). Shortly after birth, his grandmother passed away. At a young age, his "parents" pushed him to play basketball and to practice everyday. Iverson wanted to escape the ghetto with his dream of one day playing in the NBA. His family life was miserable and his mom did everything she could to put food on the table every night. Poverty was something that Iverson grew up with. The only light that he saw was to pursue his passion. He attended Bethel High School where he was the star quarterback for the football team and point guard for the basketball team. During his junior year, he lead his team to state championships in both sports. Not only did he win, but he also received "Player of the Year" in both sports for Virginia. He was nationally ranked as the best basketball player in the country, but he landed himself a spot behind bars before his senior year. He had gotten into a fight at a bowling alley with a bunch of white kids. In the brink of all of this, Iverson's mom asked Coach Thompson of Georgetown to take him under his wing. Later on, he attended Georgetown on a full scholarship and entered the 1996 NBA Draft after 2 years in college.

Success

-11 time NBA All-Star

-2 time NBA All-Star Game MVP

-4 time NBA Scoring Champion

-MVP in the 2000-01 season

-2 time Big East Defensive Player of the Year

-Georgetown record holder for highest career scoring average(22.9 ppg)

-1st pick in 1996 NBA Draft(highly regarded as the best draft class of all time)

-NBA Finals Runner-Up

-ranked 5th best shooting guard of all time

Careless Behavior

-after leaving the NBA, he went broke after spending more than $200 million dollars

-forced to leave Lenox Mall in Atlanta after aggressively begging for money

-banned from Atlantic City Casino for unpaid gambling debts

-dug a financial hole of $150 million dollars for spending $360,000 on a yearly income of $62,500

-gave an infamous "practice" conference after being questioned for missing practice


"I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we're talking about practice" -Allen Iverson, "Practice"

"I don't even have enough money for a cheeseburger" -Allen Iverson, "I'm Broke"

Casulties of War

Allen Iverson's mother gave him life. Every night she fought to put food on the table and they sometimes went without electricity. This did not stop her from encouraging Allen to play basketball and guiding him to escape poverty. She did whatever she could to provide him with the best opportunities possible and lead him to a college that fit him perfectly. Ann was the reason why Allen was so successful. She was the driving factor that sacrificed herself to make it all happen.

Works Cited

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