Allen Iverson Is His Own Worse Enemy

Jarred PowellCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2010

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 20: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers is slow to get up after being hit in the face during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the 76ers 122-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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A word to all young people out there, years of hard living will eventually catch up to you. You cannot be young forever. Allen Iverson is finding that out right now. His body looks beat up and his play is faltering and now people close to him are saying he needs some serious help.


Iverson’s wife, Tawanna has been separated from him for eight months and recently filed for divorce. He has  indulged himself into drinking and gambling to overcome his guilt. This is not the Iverson that we all saw at Georgetown University with John Thompson II.


Thompson II coached the Georgetown University basketball team for 27 years. Near the end of his tenure, Ann Iverson begged Thompson almost in tears to take a chance on her son.


Her message was simply, “My son just needs some guidance from a strong male figure.”


In his office is a deflated basketball on his desk with a symbolic message that is clear for anyone to see.


“One day the ball isn't going to bounce any more, and then what? One day there's going to have to be a second act.”


Allen Iverson starred at Georgetown from 94-96 before he became the first person in the Thompson coaching era to skip school to enter the National Basketball Association draft, where he was taken with the first overall pick.


For 14 seasons, Iverson’s motto has been, “I play every game as if it’s my last.” He has wowed fans and players alike with this attitude on the court. Off the court, he has lived the same way which isn’t good.


Since he has been in the NBA, Iverson has been known for carrying an entourage of people with him, late night parties, drinking, and gambling. The latter has led to him being banned from several casinos in Atlantic City and Detroit.


In short, his off the court activities have minimized his growth on the court. His coaches have never cared about this because it has never interfered with his play on the court until now.


With his playing career pretty much over, Iverson is now jeopardizing his life after basketball. Just because you overcome hardship and make something of yourself doesn’t mean you will stay there. He (Iverson) should have taken care of himself and his family to assure that they would not go back to the poverty they escaped. Now it seems as if that Iverson is well on his way to that distinction.