Thursday, December 29, 2005

Allen Iverson Biography

Basketball super player and great American star, Allen Ezail Iverson was born on June 7, 1975 in Hampton, Virginia. He is an All-Star point guard/shooting guard for the NBA´s Philadelphia 76ers franchise.

Six feet of talent and fury, Allen Iverson played two seasons of college basketball for Georgetown University before being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996. He soon became their leading scorer. His nickname "The Answer" shows his importance in the team. By 1999 he became the leading scorer in the NBA, averaging 26.8 points per game. In 2000 he released a CD of rap music (under the name Jewelz), whose coarse "street" lyrics created a minor controversy (for which Iverson eventually apologized). In 2001 Iverson was named the Most Valuable Player in the league, the shortest player in NBA history to hold the title.

The NBA made several alterations in the game rules during the off-season, and allowed zone defenses. The new rules have since limited Iverson's effectiveness somewhat, but he was still able to lead the NBA in steals and minutes played while keeping his high scoring output. In fact, Iverson has led the NBA in scoring four times (1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02, and 2004-05,) and, in the process, has equalized George Gervin for the third-most scoring titles. He only trails Wilt Chamberlain and the legend Michael Jordan.

On February 12, 2005, Iverson made a career-high 60 points in the game with the Orlando Magic. He had lavishly praised then-76ers head coach Larry Brown, usually saying that he would not have reached the heights that he has in the sport without Brown's guidance. He had a love-hate relationship with Brown, though. After the 76ers were beated in the first round of the 2002 NBA playoffs, Brown criticized Iverson for missing team practices. Iverson later held a press conference in which he noticed: "We're talking about practice. We're not even talking about the game, the actual game, when it matters. We're talking about practice."

Allen later met Brown as a member and co-captain of the 2004 USA Olympics basketball team. However, they only won the bronze medal. A gold medal had been expected. Iverson, along with teammate LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, were benched during a game, when they were late to a practice session. The United States team had a dismal start against Germany who had failed to qualify for the Olympic competition. Despite that, Iverson kept the game from going into overtime with a miraculous half-court shot in the closing seconds. In 2003, Allen Iverson was ranked 53rd on SLAM Magazine's Top 75 NBA players of all time.


Blogger MarkoDiaz said...

I'm portuguese and i play basketball here in a litle so called "team" in Portugal! I wanna be like Allen Iverson! He's one of the reasons that i started to play. I'm 16 years old, and i just wanna be like Iverson. We are the same hight and everytthing. I just looooovee hhis crossover! Iverson, Kidd,LeBron James and Michael Jordan are like gods to me =)

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although one of the most exciting players to watch, AI was poison on the Sixers.

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allen Iverson is flippin fineee.. he's been future baby daddy foreverrrr !.

10:35 AM  

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