Broke Allen Iverson Can’t Play Ball or Pay Child Support (Update)

Practice Enhances Talent

Talent Doesn't Override PracticeAllen Iverson, former NBA star, can’t play ball or pay his court ordered child support. He’s broke, busted and disgusted. Iverson who made over $140 million during his basketball career, says he’s a pathetic shadow of the man he used to be.

His ex-wife Tawanna went back to court asking the judge to make Iverson put $1,272.000 into a trust fund for his children’s child support. She says she is tired of having to chase him down for her money every month; so she’s asking for a lump sum.

Iverson has filed a rebuttal court document because he doesn’t have the money. He doesn’t have the funds or endorsements that he once had; all that’s left is his Reebok deal.

He said he isn’t running from his responsibility and isn’t a dead beat dad; he claims he has paid more than a half million in support already this year.

What a sad ending to a guy with so much potential. It may be a waste, but not a surprise, from the guy who was famous for his, “I can’t believe we’re talking about practice” line. In November 2006 these words went viral when the Philadelphia 76ers star sat in a press conference angered because he was being penalized for not showing up to practice. He couldn’t understand why anyone would want to make a big deal about practice when he had given the team all he had in every game since 1996.

Iverson just didn’t get it and never learned it. Had he taken practice and his game more seriously he might still be playing today. It seems Iverson has always had a disdain for rules, structure and boundaries. His coaches did him a disservice by not holding him accountable; instead they fueled his irresponsibility by letting him remain the unsupervised star of the show.

Here are a few things Iverson could have learned had he been managed properly:

  • Talent doesn’t supersede practice: Talent is great but practice deals with the fundamentals of talent. Practice takes a talented individual from potential to purpose. There is a force called muscle memory that is strengthened by practice and this force dictates how one’s talent responds in tight situations. In other words, practice is important for muscle memory and longevity.
  • Practice reveals one’s attitude towards their craft: When the legendary Michael Jordan joined the Chicago Bulls, he was renowned for his work ethic. Every coach Jordan has ever had has said the same thing; even when Jordan would be hurt he’d be the first one in and the last one to leave. Jordan’s team mates would say that his intensity during practice time was scary. Maybe so, but six championship rings made it all worth it. How many does Iverson have? None.
  • Practice makes a winning team not just a winner: When Shaquille O’Neil joined the Los Angeles Lakers it was mandatory for him and Kobe Bryant to make a unique connection and gel in a special way. Phil Jackson wanted a certain synergy on the court that could only be formed through hours and hours of practice. Shaquille and Kobe went on to win three championships together. There is no way this type of greatness could have been maximized without them learning it in practice.

Talent needs practice. Along with practice, talent requires the right foundation and proper mentoring to ensure that it is cultivated properly. Practice by itself does not make perfect, but it sure will increase the likelihood of a win.

Iverson has not been active in the NBA since 2010 and hasn’t played professional ball in any league since 2011. One of the greatest athletes and perhaps the best pound for pound; the six-foot guard, Iverson, transformed the way the position was played. All of his potential sits with him in his misery. He is a broke, busted and disgusted former NBA star with nothing left but a Reebok deal.

The judge has not ruled on his issue as of yet but Iverson can no longer afford to support his children like he did long ago.

 

UPDATE:

After being absent for years from the game, Allen Iverson has finally made his retirement from basketball official.

 

 

By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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