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    Now add Gambling to Iverson's list of Addictions.

    Why A.I. Why? I promised myself i would stop asking this question but Why? Now your whole world is falling apart. I really hope and pray you can bounce back from this. No matter what he is forever going to be my favourite BASKETBALL player.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4975922

    Multiple NBA sources say Allen Iverson is facing alcohol and gambling issues that have derailed his career and threaten his post-basketball well-being, Stephen A. Smith of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports in a column published Monday.

    Allen Iverson played only 25 games for the 76ers before stepping away for the season.

    According to multiple NBA sources, there is widespread concern that the four-time NBA scoring champion, who left the Philadelphia 76ers in February to deal with his daughter's illness and will not return this season, "will either drink himself into oblivion or gamble his life away," Smith reported.

    Iverson's gambling problem is serious enough that he has been banished from casinos in Detroit and Atlantic City, N.J., according to Smith.

    The report comes as Iverson is dealing with significant personal problems.

    Iverson's wife Tawana filed for divorce on March 4, the same day the Philadelphia 76ers announced that the All-Star guard would not return for the rest of the season. In the divorce filing, made at Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, Tawana Iverson said the couple's 8˝-year marriage is "irretrievably broken" and sought full custody of the family's five children, child support and alimony.

    Iverson, who played 25 games for the Sixers this season, returned to Atlanta in February to be with his family and deal with an undisclosed illness affecting his 4-year-old daughter, Messiah.

    Smith, who has covered Iverson closely for years, wrote in Monday's column that Iverson needs someone with "the ideal combination of compassion and toughness" in his life. And former Temple coach John Chaney said that person is John Thompson, Iverson's former college coach at Georgetown.

    "[Thompson] is the one guy who'll have a chance of slowing this train wreck down, who could wrap his arms around Iverson and have an impact, because clearly it has not been done," Chaney said, according to Smith. "But there's still this one question: Will [Iverson] listen?"

    Iverson started the season with the Memphis Grizzlies but only played three games, amid disagreements over playing time, before announcing a short-lived retirement. He signed the 76ers as a free agent in December, making a tearful return to the city where he spent his first 10˝ seasons, won four scoring titles, earned the 2000-01 MVP award and led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals.

    Iverson was traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2006 and played for the Nuggets through 2008, when he was dealt to the Detroit Pistons.

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    he would fit in well in inside the nba with charles

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    his life is just falling apart man, damn. I don't even know what to say.
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    Smith is right, John Thompson could really step in an safe Iverson's life.

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    that sucks... his daughter is mad sick ..wifey leaves him and now the one thing he always had in his life hoop is gone.. hopefully he turns it around .. GL AI

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    Well all i kno is if i made 200mil off my talent and wanted to drink/gamble it would be nobody biz....from JORDAN to BARKLEY who just paid off 400k to casinos and hes been retired forever.....and its only cuz who he is thats why its coming out, half the players in PRO sports luv to gamble/alcohol&kill/bang porn-pretty women....its not like this is NEWSFLASH its just cuz of how the media is and of course AI has some part in it but i dont know entire story so i cant go off wat ''SOURCES'' are saying....to me a ''SOURCE'' means a ''LIE'' til further notice

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    this is a sick downward spiral.

    Seems like its all crumbling. gambling and alcohol

    cant even hoop with a team like memphis.

    still hate em though

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3RDASYSTEM View Post
    Well all i kno is if i made 200mil off my talent and wanted to drink/gamble it would be nobody biz....from JORDAN to BARKLEY who just paid off 400k to casinos and hes been retired forever.....and its only cuz who he is thats why its coming out, half the players in PRO sports luv to gamble/alcohol&kill/bang porn-pretty women....its not like this is NEWSFLASH its just cuz of how the media is and of course AI has some part in it but i dont know entire story so i cant go off wat ''SOURCES'' are saying....to me a ''SOURCE'' means a ''LIE'' til further notice
    Lie or not I firmly believe that their is some degree of truth to it. A.I. admitted said he was a gambler but not compulsive. I love the guy but I am not going to say that all thats coming out now is lies. I really honestly hope they are though because its really devastating that he has to go through all this at once. 2 1/2 years ago I thought his career was revitalized. Now I can't believe whats taking place.

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    I really hope that John Thompson and Larry Brown can sit him down and let him hear it. Its sad what his career has come to but those two guys are undoubtedly the most influential figures both on and off the court that I can think about. He needs a mentor/father figure who fully understands what he's going through to help him out.

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    Does anyone think A.I. can bounce back from this and live a somewhat respectable life from here on out? Or is off court attitude just like his on court attitude stubborn and stuck in his own way

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    just looking at AI, i already assumed he had alot of problems. his behaviour proved it on and off the court. coming into practice late shows alot of chracter. bad character.

    i assumed he was bunning with his home boys.
    i assumed he was drinking
    i assumed he was gambling
    i assumed he was abusive to his wife

    so far, 3/4 are correct.

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    ^ that's almost the case for every nba player.

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    don't forget the Tiger Woods.

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    He has now spoken again. He said he is going through some tough times.

    Exiled Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson says he's experiencing "tough times" a week after it was decided he would not return to the team and his wife filed for divorce.

    Iverson posted four messages Monday night on his Twitter account telling fans he expected to overcome the most recent obstacles in his life.

    "To my fans: You all know that my life isn't perfect. I am going through some very tough times right now, like I am sure that we all do from time to time," Iverson wrote. "However, I will stand tall like always with 'rhino' thick skin."

    Iverson had been mostly absent from the 76ers for a month, returning to Atlanta to be with his family as they deal with an undisclosed illness of his 4-year-old daughter, Messiah. Iverson and the Sixers decided last Tuesday he would not return for the rest of the season.

    The former NBA MVP and four-time scoring champion averaged 13.8 points in 28 games this season. He started the season with Memphis but only played three games before he announced a short-lived retirement.

    Tawanna Iverson filed for divorce the same day. She said their 8 1/2-year marriage is "irretrievably broken," in papers filed in Fulton County Superior Court. She asked for full custody of the couple's five children, child support and alimony.

    The youngest child is 17 months old and the oldest is 15.

    Allen Iverson said on Twitter it hurt to hear stories about his personal life that aren't true.

    "Even though I have become used to hearing people say things about me that aren't true, it still hurts," Iverson wrote. "I encourage you to continue your ongoing support and I want you to trust that this is another obstacle in my life that, with God's help I will overcome."

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