Archive for April, 2010
About to watch the ESPN 30 for 30 for the first time along with the rest of the country. I had no creative involvement in the project… 4:36 PM Apr 13th via web
He follows up by mentioning his “Official” project coming in the fall called “The Deconstruction of Allen Iverson”
I only know what I have seen in the previews. Stay tuned for my OFFICIAL project “The Deconstruction of Allen Iverson” coming this Fall. 4:36 PM Apr 13th via web
Needless to say, we’re all looking forward to it.
The premiere of the ESPN documentary – “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson” has received amazing responses all across the country. It has uncovered a moment in the history of Allen Iverson that only few people know. It shows that Allen Iverson is much more than a basketball player, he is a key cultural figure in his era.
Here’s some of the response around the news world:
After seeing ESPN documentary, Phoebus coach Daniel recalls that Iverson ‘gives too much’ and ‘could never say no’. He also says,
“I was close to Chuck (Iverson’s nickname) that year and I never saw him as a person who disliked somebody based on race. I always saw him as somebody who gives too much. He could never say no to people.”
If I could engineer a response to this movie, it would be basically that you come out the other end asking a lot of questions and debating a lot of questions. It was really important to me in this film–and it’s important to me in all the films I do–that you hear all sides to this situation.
You hear from people in the African-American community who were adamant in their support of Allen, and there were also people in the African-American community who weren’t. I couldn’t get someone to go on-camera and say, “I really wanted Allen to go to prison.” But you certainly hear from people who convey that, and that’s discussed in the film.
Did you watch the premier? What did you think of ESPN’s documentary on Allen Iverson?
Regardless of whether Iverson returns in a Sixers uniform in the future, he still should be ranked highly among the greatest 76ers of all time. Iverson spent his prime years with the Sixers and ranks #1 in points per game (28.1 ppg), three-point makes and attempts, steals per game (2.3 spg), along with third in total assists, second in total steals, and second in free throw makes and attempts. He led the team to the 2001 Finals, the same year he won league MVP.
Unlike the Celts and Lakers, a lot of the Sixers’ defining players did not spend their entire careers with the organization. Wilt Chamberlain only played three and a half seasons with the team. Moses Malone was there for four years, then came back for a fifth when he was 38 years old. Julius Erving spent the first five years of his career in the ABA with Virginia and New York. Mo Cheeks spent the last four years of his between the Knicks, Spurs, Hawks and Nets. Charles Barkley reached his peak accomplishments (MVP, NBA Finals) after he left Philly.
But nobody besides Allen Iverson gets significantly more love from the Philly faithful. So where does Iverson rank among the great players mentioned above? Iverson might be the city’s favorite player, but has he had a better career for the Sixers than anyone else? Is he in the top three? Top five? What are you thoughts?
The league announced Wednesday that fans can make their pick for the league’s Most Valuable Player, with the combined fans’ choice counting for one vote on the official ballot.
Starting Thursday through April 15, fans can go to www.NBA.com/KiaMVPFanVote and rank their top five choices. The other 124 votes will come from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
Of course, the NBA is not exactly crazy. It’s just another marketing gimmick to spread the fanbase across the world. If you take a closer look at the actual process, it’s just smoke and mirrors. The player deemed by the fans as the MVP will get ONE overall vote. The remaining 124 votes will be cast by writers and broadcaster as they have always done.
Interestingly enough, Allen Iverson is still on the ballot the last time I logged in and voted. What does this mean? That Allen Iverson could potentially get one overall vote for the NBA MVP, as crazy as that sounds. Hey, why not?