fuckyeanba
fuckyeanba:

I got to interview Allen Iverson, and I used his own advice to turn it into one of the best moments of my life.
From Dime Magazine:

Dime: What’s the one question you’ve always wanted people to ask you, but no one ever does?Allen Iverson: Damn, that’s a great question.
Dime: Well you just said to give it your best shot.AI: See how good you’re getting it, as you’re going on — God damn.
Dime: Like if there’s something you always wanted to talk about, but no one ever asked you about it?AI: I would ask me: From the perception that we make you out to be, as far as rumors and things we hear, does it hurt? And my answer would be, ‘Yes, it does.’ Especially when it’s not the truth. I look at the situation and as long as a person don’t call me a rapist or a child molester or a racist, I’m like, Aright. As long as you don’t call me that, then I won’t defend myself. I’ll let it go as long as you don’t call me that. But a lot of other things that people say that’s not true — they hurt. The s**t hurt. People think that I’m some tough, renegade, black-hearted-being, evil, no-feeling-having mothaf**ka, but that ain’t me. I think some media outlets and some people know that about me. They know it gets to me. They know it bothers me, so I think that’s why they do it. But I’m human just like everybody else. I’ve got feelings just like everybody else. When motherf**kers write s**t about me that’s not true, damn right it hurts. It hurts even more knowing my kids are old enough to know what it is now. That’s what I would ask myself. I would love to answer that question so people could know that—that Allen Iverson really does have feelings.
Dime: That’s gonna be the title of my piece, by the way: ‘Allen Iverson has feelings.’AI: [laughs] For real. He really does, have feelings.
Dime: Do you think that not responding to [the criticism] has made it worse? Or do you think that that’s the only way to deal with it?AI: OK, that’s another great question. I want to, at times, but the satisfaction of answering it and responding to it does everything that the person that wrote it or reported on it wants. You’re doing just what they want you to do. And I mean, my ex-wife, my mom, my aunts, my uncles, my friends, they’re like, ‘Man, respond to this s**t!’ They’re reporting this and they’re reporting that, and I be wanting to do it so bad, but I feel like that’ll just keep it going and keep it going. Then I respond, then they say something else, then they want me to respond again, then I respond, then it keeps going on and on.


Big, big, big, BIG dap to my man Spence for doin’ the damn thing. Started from the bottom, etcetera, etcetera.

fuckyeanba:

I got to interview Allen Iverson, and I used his own advice to turn it into one of the best moments of my life.

From Dime Magazine:

Dime: What’s the one question you’ve always wanted people to ask you, but no one ever does?
Allen Iverson: Damn, that’s a great question.

Dime: Well you just said to give it your best shot.
AI: See how good you’re getting it, as you’re going on — God damn.

Dime: Like if there’s something you always wanted to talk about, but no one ever asked you about it?
AI: I would ask me: From the perception that we make you out to be, as far as rumors and things we hear, does it hurt? And my answer would be, ‘Yes, it does.’ Especially when it’s not the truth. I look at the situation and as long as a person don’t call me a rapist or a child molester or a racist, I’m like, Aright. As long as you don’t call me that, then I won’t defend myself. I’ll let it go as long as you don’t call me that. But a lot of other things that people say that’s not true — they hurt. The s**t hurt. People think that I’m some tough, renegade, black-hearted-being, evil, no-feeling-having mothaf**ka, but that ain’t me. I think some media outlets and some people know that about me. They know it gets to me. They know it bothers me, so I think that’s why they do it. But I’m human just like everybody else. I’ve got feelings just like everybody else. When motherf**kers write s**t about me that’s not true, damn right it hurts. It hurts even more knowing my kids are old enough to know what it is now. That’s what I would ask myself. I would love to answer that question so people could know that—that Allen Iverson really does have feelings.

Dime: That’s gonna be the title of my piece, by the way: ‘Allen Iverson has feelings.’
AI: [laughs] For real. He really does, have feelings.

Dime: Do you think that not responding to [the criticism] has made it worse? Or do you think that that’s the only way to deal with it?
AI: OK, that’s another great question. I want to, at times, but the satisfaction of answering it and responding to it does everything that the person that wrote it or reported on it wants. You’re doing just what they want you to do. And I mean, my ex-wife, my mom, my aunts, my uncles, my friends, they’re like, ‘Man, respond to this s**t!’ They’re reporting this and they’re reporting that, and I be wanting to do it so bad, but I feel like that’ll just keep it going and keep it going. Then I respond, then they say something else, then they want me to respond again, then I respond, then it keeps going on and on.

Big, big, big, BIG dap to my man Spence for doin’ the damn thing. Started from the bottom, etcetera, etcetera.

You believe I’m in the NBA, right? Because I am. I mean, it’s not like I’ve lost a step. I’m just as quick as I was when I was 22 years old, right? And it’s not as if you’ve watched one the greatest shooting guards of all time physically and mentally deteriorate before your eyes over the past five years, so why wouldn’t I be in the NBA? Seriously, can any one of you answer that question? Because I certainly can’t. And because I am in the NBA, I guess it’s not even a question worth asking. Right?
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supadupaballer:

simplyball:

fuckyeahjohnwall:

SLAM 144 | John Wall

JOHN SHOULD NEVER BE COMPARED TO IVERSON!

WTF IS THIS. I DONT EVEN WANT THE MAG NOW WHEN IT COMES IN THE MAIL. NEW IVERSON? MY ASS.

Remember when this could have been construed as a compliment?
Yeah, me neither.
(Having said that, I wish Iverson luck in everything he does for eternity)

supadupaballer:

simplyball:

fuckyeahjohnwall:

SLAM 144 | John Wall

JOHN SHOULD NEVER BE COMPARED TO IVERSON!

WTF IS THIS. I DONT EVEN WANT THE MAG NOW WHEN IT COMES IN THE MAIL. NEW IVERSON? MY ASS.

Remember when this could have been construed as a compliment?

Yeah, me neither.

(Having said that, I wish Iverson luck in everything he does for eternity)

I always let LeBron know, ‘Dawg, they love you right now, they love you right now, but please believe me, the first incident, the first time something happens, they are waiting, man … just like, I hate to bring it up, but the other situation with Kobe. All this time he’s the No. 1 man, the perfect man in everyone’s heart. He’s the No. 1 man … all I know is, you are you. You are who you are, man. Don’t try to act like somebody else. And I’m not saying Kobe acted like that, Kobe Bryant is who he is, dog, but these people want him to be the Kobe Bryant that they want him to be. And it ain’t right.

Allen Iverson, speaking the truth.

Bill Simmons: October mailbag, Part 1 - ESPN

24seconds
Amar’e: Tyson, my man! What are you doing here?
Tyson: Oh, y’know. Just uh, hangin’ around. Say um, do you know where the buffet is?
Amar’e: What buffet?
Tyson: Ain’t this the annual NBPA’s annual buffet?
Amar’e: No dude, this is a Team USA meeting.
Tyson: Dammit! When I get back to the box, Iverson is gonna hear about this!
24seconds:

USAB: USA Basketball Men’s National Team Photo Gallery

Amar’e: Tyson, my man! What are you doing here?

Tyson: Oh, y’know. Just uh, hangin’ around. Say um, do you know where the buffet is?

Amar’e: What buffet?

Tyson: Ain’t this the annual NBPA’s annual buffet?

Amar’e: No dude, this is a Team USA meeting.

Tyson: Dammit! When I get back to the box, Iverson is gonna hear about this!

24seconds:

USAB: USA Basketball Men’s National Team Photo Gallery