He came to us from a place where poverty was prevalent and ignorance was reinforced. He is the quintessential disappointer, not from his lack of effort but from his lack of understanding. A.I.’s entire life was made possible by his iron will.
He trusted himself to defy all odds and to be dominant regardless of the situation. The will to domination is a ravenous beast and that beast lived in the heart of Iverson.
Iverson’s unyielding desire for the moment compromised his understanding of the process. The disappointment with the six foot mercurial guard is that he never held the people around him to the same standards that he held for himself.
He never demanded that the Sixers get better talent around him, because he felt like he could do it regardless.
The guard never thought about the next game because to him all that mattered was the current game, which is why he played it like it was his last.
Instead of privately feuding with head coach Larry Brown, Iverson needed to publicly blast the coach for his horrendous drafting. When the 76ers lost, it was never because of Iverson, yet he allowed people to believe it was. He never understood that you need at least a gun to win a gunfight.
The man is mimicked for a rant that actually had nothing to do with practice, but rather how they had just been eliminated from the playoffs. Iverson needed to demand the same level of accountability that the 76ers’ brass publicly requested of him.
To him the Sixers were his family and he loved them to a fault, when he should have loved them to a point. His legacy and his career is what suffered from their ineptitude.
He carried them to heights they were not prepared to reach, nor equipped to handle. A.I. needed to rule the land by the same rules the villagers lived by. That was not A.I. He had a champion’s heart but not a champion’s mindset.
Sadly the sun set on one of the game's truest soldiers whose armor displays the chinks of battles he was never supposed to be a part of.
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