Allen Iverson Once Sent Ball Boy to Buy $2,000 Worth of Beer, Ended Up 4 Cases

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 20, 2013

May 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA;  Philadelphia 76ers former guard Allen Iverson before the start of game six against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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Allen Iverson has no idea how much beer costs. 

That might not be true, but that's the one thing we took from the crazy story of the former 76ers star sending a ball boy out to buy $2,000 worth of beer. 

Through it all, the story Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix relayed to Mark Bechtel has us thinking A.I. was far easier going than we gave him credit for. 

According to a video posted over at MLive, per Red's Army, Mannix was a ball boy back when the Sixers and Celtics battled in the 2002 playoffs. 

TORONTO - NOVEMBER 8:  (L-R) Kevin Ollie #12, Allen Iverson #3 and Samuel Dalembert #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers share a laugh during the game against the Toronto Raptors  on November 8, 2006 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Raptors defeat
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Philadelphia had just lost the series to the Celtics in Boston and Iverson wanted to make sure the bus was fully stocked for his dejected colleagues. 

To that end, he sent Mannix out armed with what he remembers to be about $2,000 and instructions to bring back as much Corona as possible. 

Now, that sounds like the start of a hilarious movie called "Beer Run." Perhaps we could get Jonah Hill to play Mannix. 

According to the current SI writer, he had to hoof it a quarter of a mile to the nearest liquor store. That's where he loaded up a hand truck with as much beer as you can buy with a couple grand—oh to have seen that cashier's face. 

This is where a great story gets even better, because Mannix finds that jubilant Celtics fans have no qualms in taking beer off a cart and calling it their own. On the way into the parking lot, fans began to pillage the cart as if it were a beer buffet. 

Little by little, his mountain of beer begins to dwindle, and then really gets crushed when Celtics players get at it. 

We assume a Boston ball boy was more than happy to fork over a few beers to the home team. 

Either way, by the time it gets back to Iverson, all of four cases of beer remain. Mannix remembers Iverson saying, "That's what my money bought you? That's what $2,000 bought you."

Of course, Iverson wasn't going to get into it with a ball boy whom he sent on a ridiculous errand. It was far easier for the star guard to take the four cases and drink his sorrows away. 

Still, it's funny to think that Iverson once paid about two grand for four cases of beer. We certainly hope they were delicious. 


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