May 31, 2020
After a decade out of the game, the NBA legend is showing how he has been raising his lovely and big family. His performance on the court gained him many admirers, as much of detractors who were always ready to condemn his behavior.
After many conflicts he lived throughout his life and career, anyone might think that former NBA player, Allen Iverson, is not one of those family guys, but in fact, it is surprising to see how close he is to his wife and kids.
Several photos posted on his Instagram account show Allen’s soft and truthful side as a parent and as a husband. Near Christmas last year, a lovely family portrait demonstrates that in spite of being a big family, they all stay together.
Other funny photos, like the one in New Year’s Eve, show that they keep having fun together. Tawanna, his wife, and he, share five children. They are Tiara, 24, Allen II, 21, Isaiah, 16, Messiah, 14, and Jordan Lowery, the 10-year-old who seems to be following his dad’s footsteps.
In 2016, the NBA legend was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame and he made sure to pay a really touching tribute to his then ex-wife Tawanna. By the time, they had been divorced for three years, after a turbulent 24-year marriage.
In his speech, Allen called her his “number one person in the world”. It was a surprise for everyone since Tawanna had filed for divorce when Allen led them to many debts, by burning $150 million while raising their five children.
At the time, they walked the ceremony together holding hands. After that, they both managed to solve their problems and found a way to be back together again, this time with a much better understanding.
FOR HIS DAUGHTER
In 2010 while playing with Philadelphia 76ers, the NBA legend left in the middle of the season to take care of his four-year-old daughter, Messiah, because she was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease which kept her in the hospital for several weeks.
Although it was very much criticized by haters and supporters, Allen did what any parent would do in such a situation, even though it would mean dropping a contract with the Sixers. After that, he never went back to play with the NBA.
In an interview, he once said: “I like to look at myself as a strong person, especially dealing with everything in my life. But this is a totally different situation; you find out you’re not as tough as you thought you were when it’s one of your kids.”
Allen became one of the most criticized players in NBA history. He had as many lovers as he had haters, but he was undoubtedly an important player who brought the style and culture that the game and the NBA, has today.
He was picked by the Sixers in the NBA's 1996 draft after his sophomore season in Georgetown and quickly he won Rookie of the Year honors. With his crossover dribble, step-back jumper, and up-and-under layup, he established himself as the toughest player in the game and was awarded NBA MVP for the 2000-2001 season.
His off-court behavior, as being arrested for possession of marijuana and guns, or getting into trouble at different places, were arguments for many of his detractors to disprove him. But his on-court performance and arguments on his difficult upbringing, made him gain even more defenders and admirers.