If you missed the bittersweet speech from Allen “The Answer” Iverson last week, make sure you take a moment to check it out below. I’m not just a huge Iverson fan because I’m from Philly. He electrified my city in a way that hasn’t been matched since. I had such high hopes for him and his career and I would have bet money that the 76ers would have seen a championship during the A.I. era, but that didn’t happen. Being as though Iverson has adopted Philly as his own city, it was only right that the Sixers retired his jersey where he will dwell forever. Although I felt like he had so much more to bring to the game, I have to say “thank you” to my favorite basketball player…you brought Philly back to life and WE do love you!
There is nothing sadder and more disappointing than to see an athlete with God-given abilities, waste them without so much as a flinch. I’m all for living life on the edge and doing things in an unconventional way, but when you are given chance after chance and take that for granted, that’s a problem. Most young men can only dream of playing in the NBA, so why would anyone not appreciate the chance to live out such an opportunity? It drives me crazy when I see young (black) athletes living up to the stereotype.
If you have such great skill, why is it necessary to purposely untie the shoe laces on your opponents’ sneakers while your teammate is shooting a free throw? Why do you need to skip practice to go shopping? WHY is it necessary to charge $3,000 of room service (that you didn’t even eat) to your team’s bill, only as some sick joke to see if they would keep delivering it.
It just doesn’t make sense to me! It’s all too familiar as well. We’ve seen strange behavior from all-star athlete, Allen Iverson, when he was in his prime. A.I. was one of the greatest to play, but his attitude and reputation always preceded him. From his ball-hogging antics, to his rebellious behavior to organization rules and skipping practices, it almost seems like he has been reincarnated in the league. What’s even crazier is, Allen Iverson regretted some of those bad decisions and you would think someone like J.R. Smith would want to do it differently.
I hope Smith gets it together before it’s too late. Otherwise, he’ll just be another talent wasted and ego bruised. I genuinely hope that he can find his way because the clock is ticking and people are noticing his bad-boy ways. I’m rooting for him to get it together, quickly! I like to keep my posts as positive as possible, but to see such behavior is disheartening. J.R. Smith has a golden opportunity to reach his full potential and enjoy the feeling of being one of the greats, but it is slowly slipping away.