I don’t give a fuck if you like basketball….you should love Allen Iverson.
I hate family friendly bullshit athletes. Like Shaq and Howard playing out a superman theme. I hate sportswriters more than any other writers. I hate hearing men in their mid 30s that can’t even run in a straight line talk shit on professional athletes that don’t subscribe or fit the mold of what they deem as acceptable for “the game”, the game in which many times they didn’t even have the guts to play themselves.
I can’t say I am the biggest NBA fan, but as of late I have really taken to the league, the personality and entertainment it provides, the aesthetic alone that basketball represents is like no other sport.
What sparks this rant? Allen Iverson. I have heard shitty sportswriter after shitty sportswriter speak of what Iverson “owes the game” and hearing that phrase exemplifies why I hate sports writers, sports journalists, the majority of assholes on ESPN (not Hannah Storm or Sage Steele, guts would be cut) and pretty much every other idiot at a fucking sports bar speaking of what they think the game is.
Everyone is an expert. Everyone so quick to talk shit. Iverson gets injured, returns, has some bench time and mentions how difficult it is for him to come of the bench, how difficult it is to play limited minutes during a game. In the midst of all this he compliments bench players, saying he “admires” them for coming off the bench and being able to produce, he mentions yet again how difficult that is for him, this leading to retirement talk.
Retirement? Going out on top? But Iverson owes the game right? That is what the sport community seems to think. Forget that he is barely 6’1 and maybe weighs 160 but came to play every night. Forget the fact that if he happened to be 6″4 even, that you might not talk as much about MJ, LJ, or maybe Kobe as much. Well you would talk about Kobe as much, but I imagine you understand my point.
In any case I hope to hear Iverson praised for his return. The main issue is the sporting world and the media that follows it has ruined sports and tarnished the game itself, not the player. Any small opportunity that the media has to ridicule athletes they will most definitely do so. The individuals that attack them will be the same that once were in their corner, like Phelps, Vick, Barkley, Tiger, Kobe and Iveron alike.
Is it jealousy possibly? Do we idolize these athletes to the point of envy? Is this why the idea of the role model has been carried on for generations? Then, once our role models make a slip, or say something that the media doesn’t tend to agree with they are attacked and judged. I understand that is part of the price you pay, private life isn’t private, but for fuck sake.
All I am really saying is welcome back a.i., do the damn thing.
Iverson and the Sixers take on Denver tonight, read more here.