The American basketball star Allen Iverson stays always in the limelight for his explosive performance on the field and also for his off-field controversies. He has marked himself as the first well-known athlete involved with the hip-hop movement. Get all the notable and interesting facts about Allen Iverson, his career, personal life and many more from this article.
Allen Ezail Iverson who is popularly known as Allen Iverson, was born on June 7, 1975 in Hampton, Virginia. He was the issue of a fifteen years old single mother.
As an athlete started his career at a very early age and was about to prepare himself as a promising sports star, but hardship follow him throughout his entire career. He was jailed at age of 17 after the accusation of fighting inside a bowling alley, but later he was released for lack of evidence. After facing a lot of struggles, Allen attended Georgetown University and was appointed by the Philadelphia 76ers for the 1996 Draft. Afterward Allen didn’t stop. In his fast-moving career, he has earned the following achievements and rewards:
- 1995- Big East Rookie of the Year, Big East All Rookie Team, and Big East Defensive Player of the Year.
- 1996- Big East Defensive Player of the Year, First Team Big East, and First Team All American.
- 1997- All Rookie First Team and NBA Rookie of the Year.
- 1999- First Team All-NBA and enabling NBA to score 26.8 points per game ppg.
- 2000- Second Team All-NBA.
- 2000-02- Selected to the NBA All Star Team.
- 2001- First Team All-NBA and NBA Most Valuable Player; leads NBA with a score of 31.1 ppg.
- 2002- Again leads NBA with a score of 31.4 ppg.
For his outstanding performance and scoring 20,000 career points, Allen became the sixth fastest player in the history of NBA history in 2007.
Afterward he declared his retirement from professional basketball, yet he was connected with the 76ers till 2010. Thereafter, Allen retired from that team as well for spending some quality time with his sick daughter. Afterward, he contacted a Turkish professional team, Besiktas, but things didn’t work properly and he left the team at the mid-span. And finally, in October 2013 Allen declared his retirement from all sorts of the game.
Allen Iverson’s Trial
As mentioned above, Allen Iverson was accused of getting involved in a riot in 1993. The fight was conducted at the ‘Circle Lanes’ bowling alley situated in Hampton, Virginia. In his trial he was accused of hitting a chair on a woman’s head. For this charge, Allen had to spent four months at a correctional facility Newport News City Farm, at Newport News, Virginia.
In the year 1995, Allen was freed from all the conviction, as the Virginia Governor didn’t find any sufficient evidence against him.
In 2010, This controversial bowling riot comes again into limelight when the famous film directed Steve James directed a documentary subjected that trial. The titled of the documentary is ‘No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson.’. It provides the actual footage of the 1993 riots.
Allen’s spouse is his childhood beloved Tawanna Turner, whom he married afterwards. Their marriage took place on August 3, 2001. Difficulties occur in Allen’s married life as well that led them to get divorce in January 2013, but within a month they again re-united. This couple is blessed with five children together.
Iverson is an immensely popular and proficient basketball player. In his overall career Allen won plenty of titles and achievements. Despite of all the controversies, Allen has proved his efficiency on the basketball court. His fans will always remember Allen as an outstanding and skilled performer.