Allen Iverson's China Tour Postponed As Promotors Urge Him To Play

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Allen Iverson's China Tour Postponed As Promotors Urge Him To Play 

Post#1 » by RealGM Wiretap » Fri May 22, 2015 12:31 am

Despite signing an agreement to coach a Chinese tour, Allen Iverson has been pushed so hard by local promoters in Harbin, China, to play that officials held the 11-time NBA All-Star in the city and delayed his next stop, sources told RealGM on Thursday.


Iverson won in his head coaching debut Wednesday, leading Team Iverson to a 10-point victory over Lioning. A future basketball Hall of Famer, Iverson no longer has a desire to play, thus signing a coaching deal for the tour. Still, local promoters in Harbin wanted him to step outside of his contract and put on a jersey, later preventing him to move forward on the tour against his will, sources said.


Iverson remained on the sideline as coach, and after the game went to a promotional dinner that included Yao Ming. When Iverson readied to depart for a 6 a.m. flight Thursday to Xi’an, sources say local fans and promotors closed off transportation, leaving him without a plane until later in the day. There was strong support within Iverson’s family to scrap the tour and return to the United States.


As one source told RealGM, “He did everything he could to leave for his next city, and they still held him hostage. For a guy who's beloved in China, it was ridiculous.”


Iverson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft, cemented a remarkable legacy in 14 NBA seasons -- including the 2001 Most Valuable Player award, four scoring titles, two All-Star game MVPs.


Iverson announced his retirement from basketball in October of 2013.

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Post#2 » by 76thBearCub » Fri May 22, 2015 2:41 am

Pretty ridiculous if he was trying to leave town.
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Re: Allen Iverson's China Tour Postponed As Promotors Urge Him To Play 

Post#3 » by 76thBearCub » Fri May 22, 2015 2:44 am

I would get the hell out of there asap if I was him and likely never return.
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Post#4 » by lstern » Fri May 22, 2015 4:20 am

Drafted in '96 with a 14 year career and called it quits in '13 (but really before then).

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Re: Allen Iverson's China Tour Postponed As Promotors Urge Him To Play 

Post#5 » by Clyde Frazier » Fri May 22, 2015 4:24 am

So uh, who knows how much truth there is to this... but not a good look for china
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Re: Allen Iverson's China Tour Postponed As Promotors Urge Him To Play 

Post#6 » by WiggOuts » Fri May 22, 2015 3:03 pm

I would kill to see what Ivey says to his team as a coach...."practice?"
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Re: Allen Iverson's China Tour Postponed As Promotors Urge Him To Play 

Post#7 » by Rollie » Sat May 23, 2015 3:02 am

WiggOuts wrote:I would kill to see what Ivey says to his team as a coach...."practice?"


http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/11/allen-i ... g-practice :lol:
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Re: Allen Iverson's China Tour Postponed As Promotors Urge Him To Play 

Post#8 » by ChosunX » Sat May 23, 2015 1:26 pm

Didn't Rodman player coach and ABA team to victory?

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