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Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson Hardcover – June 2, 2015
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“Allen Iverson was impossible to ignore, a one man hurricane, on the court and off; equal parts dynamic and depressing. With Not a Game Kent Babb brilliantly tells his story and it's a tour de force like AI himself.” (Dan Wetzel, National Columnist, Yahoo Sports and New York Times bestselling author)
“Babb’s thorough storytelling empathetically ebbs and flows between Iverson’s trials and triumphs, connecting the dots while taking the reader on an emotional truth-seeking ride of nostalgia, hope, and exasperation . . . . Not a Game is engrossing and definitely to be read and discussed.” (Shana Renee Stephenson, founder and editor-in-chief, AllSportsEverything.com)
“Allen Iverson’s is a life unfathomable to most. With Not a Game, Kent Babb questions the enigma that is The Answer, taking readers into a world most don’t know — and, quite frankly, most don’t want to know — exists in America.” (John Valenti, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and author of Swee’pea, the story of New York City basketball legend Lloyd Daniels)
"For better or worse, Allen Iverson has the uncompromising "my way" persona. Kent Babb eloquently, and at times poignantly, captures Iverson's swagger—raw and flawed, regal yet real." (Benjamin Hochman, sports columnist, The Denver Post)
“This is more than just great sports writing, this is writing at its best. Babb strips away the public persona of iconic superstar Allen Iverson to tell a stunning story of triumph, tribulation and ultimate tragedy. It’s a must-read about a complex hero who had it all for too short a time.” (R.G. Belsky, author of The Kennedy Connection and The Midnight Hour)
"Babb delves deep into Iverson’s inscrutable soul. This is a sad but fascinating read.” (Publishers Weekly)
“It pricks the skin and provokes a response.” (The Washington Post)
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The book felt like a combination of Mickey Mantle meets Mike Tyson. Like Mantle, Iverson was a Hall of Fame player in his sport, yet he remains an undependable alcoholic whose greatness could have been even more amazing. Like Tyson, Iverson burned through a staggering amount of wealth while being bled dry by moochers and hangers on.
The book does include somewhat shocking stories of a destitute Iverson calling up ex teammates and asking to borrow money by 2011 and violent fights with his wife, Tawanna, that included chasing her around Philadelphia with a gun and vowing to either "...die or I'm going to jail. And I guarantee you I'm not going to die." But it is the "We talkin' 'bout practice" rant that is seemingly the most fascinating part of the book.
I am a huge fan of playing low-level poker, and Atlantic City was where I first heard that the genesis for the practice rant was that Iverson was an alcoholic who would keep vampire hours and frequently drink to excess in A.C. until 8-9 a.m., then be unable to make practice a few hours later. The Babb book confirms that Iverson was drunk during the rant. It blows my mind that a guy could miss 70 practices in one year.Read more ›
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What makes me want to read this everyday is the inspiring words from the AI itself. Great read!Published 1 month ago by Jeff
The king of anklebreaker, the man who revolutionized the game, and the man who made basketball a national sport! Great book!Published 1 month ago by Marc
I really enjoyed the book. I thought both sides of Iverson were presented, a balanced account. Worth reading, definitely a page turner.Published 1 month ago by Seth
I love this book. I read it a while back and can't wait to dive in againPublished 2 months ago by Anthony rappa