Four Awful Things About Allen Iverson from the WAPO's Sad Portrayal of a Fallen Superstar (And One Loving Note)

Four Awful Things About Allen Iverson from the WAPO's Sad Portrayal of a Fallen Superstar (And One Loving Note)

The Washington Post published a pretty fascinating article about one of the most polarizing athletes in Philadelphia sports history. Philly fans, myself included, absolutely loved watching Allen Iverson suit up and do mind-boggling things on the basketball court. But his off-the-court antics and questionable work ethic also infuriated.

Tales of his loose wallet and flashy life style are well documented, but the Post paints a picture of something even worse, of a shitty father and a guy with an alcohol problem so bad it's seemingly ruining the best things in his life.

Any Sixers fan really has to read the whole story. But I highlighted four awful and fascinating bits in addition to one that makes you feel just a bit for the former NBA MVP.

First, let's go right to Sixers CEO Adam Aron prior to Iverson bobblehead night a couple weeks back (video).

“He’ll be on time,” Aron says assuredly. “That’s all that matters.”

Because when dealing with Allen Iverson, you just kind of hope he shows up.

According to a bank statement submitted in the divorce, the couple’s checking account was overdrawn by more than $23,000 in July 2011. In a single day, $23,255.36 was deducted – at a diamond store, a hat shop, a steakhouse and a hotel.

Man. Who wouldn't have loved to pal around with A.I. on that day. Ribeyes for the whole posse.

“He has hit rock bottom, and he just hasn’t accepted it yet,” says former Philadelphia teammate Roshown McLeod.

Roshown McLeod? Really? That's the guy quoted to say A.I. has hit rock bottom. To be honest, I had to go check Basketball Reference to see when he played with Iverson. Turns out McLeod did appear in one game with the Sixers in the 2000-2001 season. He put in a solid 15 minutes and shot 1-2 from the field, added a turnover and two personal fouls to go with his two points as a Sixer.

Iverson stood during a divorce proceeding in Atlanta in 2012 and pulled out his pants pockets. “I don’t even have money for a cheeseburger,” he shouted toward his estranged wife, Tawanna, who then handed him $61.

That one is just sad. That makes me sad. It's very sad. I'd buy A.I. a cheeseburger.

And the final one, which paints Iverson as a guy with a big heart, is when he made a video message for longtime Georgetown hoops trainer Lorry Michel when she was being inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.

A.I.'s video played off his famous "Practice?!" press conference, but talked about the love he had for his former trainer.

Go read the whole thing and feel all sorts of conflicting feelings about Allen Iverson.

>>Allen Iverson, NBA icon, struggles with life after basketball [WAPO]

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.