Originally posted by SacRock14:
Just watched No Crossover.
That one woman, I believe Emily Dobson was her name, summed it up for me...
"The Allen Iverson story is a sad story with an unwritten ending."
I think it's great he emerged from a tough upbringing to make something of himself. But has he really learned from all of his mistakes? I don't think so, because he keeps making them. I respect his talent, but really, I've never had respect for the way he goes about it. He's a me-first player. Perfect example this season: Refuses to take a reduced role on what turned out to be a good Memphis team because he'd rather start on one of the worst teams in the league.
Hoop Dreams is one of my favorite movies, because Steve James does a great job of telling the full story. This was a good show -- it makes you think.
Many great athletes have tremendous egos. And many of them have trouble letting go of the sport when their best days are behind them. The same arrogance that allowed Iverson to be one of the league's best players in 2001 is what hindered him from accepting that his time in the spotlight was done.
I understand that many people don't like Iverson's game.
But me, personally, I couldn't help but marvel at how an unique 6-1 shooting guard became one of the league's most intimidating players.
And for better or worse, he had his own style and swagger that many current players have tried to emulate. How many current superstars wear the arm sleeves that Iverson made popular.