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Gary Payton explains origins of Allen Iverson’s ‘practice’ rant

Former NBA Defensive Player of the Year Gary Payton says he was part of the inspiration behind Allen Iverson’s infamous “practice” speech.

The members of the panel at “FOX Sports Live” on FOX Sports 1 were discussing Allen Iverson’s plans to officially retire from the NBA (yes, we thought he retired two years ago too) when the story came up. Payton says he’s the one who discounted the importance of practice to Iverson, though the Philadelphia 76ers point guard botched the pitch when saying the word.

Allen Iverson practicePayton says he and Iverson were out one summer, having a good time and drinking, and Iverson asked Payton for his secret to keeping his body in good shape. Payton told Iverson that his coach with the Seattle SuperSonics, George Karl, kept him out of practice to preserve his body.

“That was it. I [told Iverson] ‘you have to stop practicing!'” Payton recalled.

Payton says that conversation inspired Iverson’s rant, though the former MVP guard got the intonations all wrong when he said the word “practice.”

“I was like ‘don’t do it like that!'” Payton said with a laugh.

Payton says word of his advice got back to former Sixers coach Larry Brown, who later confronted Payton after a game between the teams for “creating” the situation.

Of course, you can’t show a video of the story without showing the actual rant. Full video below:

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Allen Iverson talks about wanting to play Russian Roulette

Allen-IversonAllen Iverson recently made an unexpected guest appearance on boxer Adrien Broner’s online reality show “About Billions.” Apparently Broner’s crew ran into Iverson while they were partying in Atlanta, and some serious weirdness ensued.

Iverson’s cameo on the show was brief, with the former NBA star talking about how he wants to play Russian Roulette. He didn’t really sound like he was joking.

“You wanna play?” Iverson asked Broner. “Me and you, cuz I’m ready to play Russian Roulette.”

Broner then asked him if he meant with a fully loaded pistol, which seemed to excite Iverson even more.

Damn sure ready to play Russian Roulette,” he said emphatically.

They then shared a few laughs and Iverson signed off with a weird message about how Broner’s the real deal (I think). Simply put, he didn’t appear to be at a good place in his life mentally.

Iverson reportedly owes $40,000 in unpaid child support and was recently accused of kidnapping his own children, so life after basketball does not sound like it’s going well for him. We hope he was either joking and/or drunk when talking about playing Russian Roulette, because he made it sound like he would have played if someone handed him a gun. And if that’s the case, he might need some professional help.

H/T Grantland via Deadspin

Allen Iverson did not kidnap his own children after all

Allen-Iverson-Hated-Luggage-Bought-New-ClothesOn Monday, we shared a report with you about former NBA star Allen Iverson’s ex-wife filing court documents claiming he abducted the couple’s five children. Tawanna Iverson has full custody of the children, but she allegedly gave Allen permission to take them on a short vacation. She claimed he never returned them to her when he was supposed to.

Apparently Tawanna’s story was not entirely true. TMZ reported on Tuesday that Allen appeared in court last Wednesday and explained to the judge that Tawanna had full access to the children the whole time they were staying with him. In fact, Tawanna testified that she could have picked the children up but did not want to drive 45 minutes to Allen’s location to do so.

“They say I stole my kids? That’s what they say?” Iverson said Monday, according to NBC 11 in Atlanta. “If that’s what you believe and people think I’m crazy enough to do, then so be it. I ain’t never treated fairly, don’t expect to be.”

After hearing Allen’s testimony, the judge reportedly declined Tawanna’s request to have him put in jail and the children were returned to their mother. TMZ also noted that a source says Allen and Tawanna have worked out some of their issues and she has agreed to allow him to spend more private time with the kids.

So, about that whole he’s an alcoholic who drinks around the kids thing…

Via Washington Post

Allen Iverson’s ex-wife Tawanna says he abducted their five children

Allen-Iverson-Hated-Luggage-Bought-New-ClothesAllen Iverson and his ex wife Tawanna Iverson are still trying to sort through a messy divorce, with a lot of the back-and-forth having to do with the couple’s five children. Tawanna recently filed court documents claiming that Allen owes her $40,000 in unpaid child support and has not made a single payment since they divorced. Now, Tawanna is also claiming he has abducted the children.

According to TMZ, Tawanna filed legal documents over the weekend “begging” the court to force Allen to give her their five children back. Tawanna has sole custody of the children, whose ages range from 3 to 16, but she recently granted Allen permission to take them on a vacation to North Carolina from May 22 through May 26. She said he has still not returned them.

The court documents state that Tawanna tried to set up a meeting with Allen at a neutral Target store to get the children back but he never showed. She believes he never took them to Charlotte and is instead staying with them at a Sheraton hotel in Georgia. Tawanna is asking that the judge force Allen to return the children and sentence him to jail time, as she claims he is an alcoholic who drinks when he is with his kids.

Tawanna should have never agreed to allow the former Sixers star to take the children for the week if he is an alcoholic who drinks around them, but that is beside the point. The couple has constantly fought over their children and marital assets, so the filing of court documents is nothing new. It’s impossible to tell who is being truthful at this point. Fortunately, that is for the judge to decide.

Allen Iverson reportedly owes ex-wife $40,000 in unpaid child support

Allen IversonLast we checked in on Allen Iverson’s divorce, the former NBA star was being scolded by the judge in the case for being a poor parent. It sounds like Iverson’s irresponsibility has continued.

According to TMZ, Iverson’s ex-wife, Tawanna, has filed more documents with the court. She reportedly claims that Iverson has failed to make any child support payments since the judgment was handed down.

Iverson is supposed to pay his ex-wife $8,000 a month for their five children, but he has not made one payment. Tawanna is hoping the judge will order Iverson to pay the $40,000 and is suggesting jail as a possible punishment for the missed payments.

Iverson, the 2000-2001 NBA MVP, last played in the league in the 2009-2010 season. He and his ex-wife have had multiple problems in recent years. In addition to the divorce and child support issues, the two were fighting over a mansion that was in foreclosure.

Iverson supposedly has blown through over $154 million earned in his playing career, though a separate report said he still had $35 million in a savings account.

If you’re wondering how someone can go through so much money, just read this about Iverson.

Judge rips Allen Iverson as parent, orders him to attend AA meetings

A judge who presided over Allen Iverson’s divorce ripped into the former NBA star’s parenting, stripped him of custody of his children, and ordered him to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to address his drinking problem, TMZ reports.

The Atlanta judge recently signed off on Iverson’s divorce from ex-wife Tawanna, and awarded her legal and physical custody of the couple’s five children. Iverson reportedly has visitation rights, but he has to follow strict rules in order to maintain them.

Iverson reportedly must not consume any alcohol for the next 18 months, and he must not have alcohol within 24 hours of seeing his children. He also has been ordered to see a psychiatrist and attend AA meetings for a year, per TMZ.

In the final ruling, the judge ripped into Iverson.

“[Iverson] does not know how to manage the children; has little interest in learning to manage the children and has actually, at times, been a hindrance to their spiritual and emotional growth and development.

“For example, he has refused to attend to an obvious and serious alcohol problem, which has caused him to do inappropriate things in the presence of the children while impaired,” the judge writes, per TMZ.

The judge also scolds Iverson for leaving his children alone without supervision.

Iverson’s personal life has appeared to be a mess since he stopped playing in the NBA. His divorce case got so ugly that at one point his ex wanted a list of all his sexual partners while they were together. Iverson’s financial problems were exposed, and his mansion was in foreclosure as of last December.

The judge’s ruling is not a surprise. In 2010, we exposed Iverson for hosting a party when he was supposed to be taking care of his daughter. There were also reports of him having an alcohol problem.

Maybe the judge’s ruling will actually help Iverson turn around his life.

Allen Iverson turns down D-League offer, acknowledges he derailed his own career

Allen-Iverson-SixersAllen Iverson is still interested in playing basketball, but he doesn’t want to prove himself at the lower levels in order to be given another shot in the NBA. Iverson recently received an offer to play for the Texas Legends, the D-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks who are co-owned by Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.

On Tuesday morning, the 37-year-old announced on his Twitter account that he has decided to turn down the offer and thanked Nelson for the opportunity.

Perhaps more surprisingly, Iverson then went on to acknowledge that his own mistakes shortened his career and expressed his desire to return to the NBA.

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