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Allen Iverson: ‘I’m a smart dude that made mistakes’

It’s no secret I’m one of the only Pistons fans who still likes Allen Iverson after Joe Dumars’ little experiment a few years ago, and the transcript of this deposition by The Detroit News only cements that. Iverson was answering questions about a bar fight in Detroit that resulted in him being sued for $2.5 million and he was familiar with the attorney asking questions, Gregory Lattimer. Lattimer had previously won a successful judgement against Iverson. The transcript is full of highlights, including this one:

Iverson accused the lawyer of targeting him for a payday.

“I know you lurking. I know you lurking, man. I know you lurking,” Iverson said. “How the hell you live with (it)? You’ve been involved with three suits against me. You know what to do. You got a plan.”

Lattimer: “I just go to work every day.”

Iverson: “I know, and I’m the one that pay you, and you know it. But not this time jack. … I die before I let you get me this time.”

This exchange was also pretty classic:

Lattimer asked Iverson about his off-court problems and checkered reputation and invoked the name of Iverson’s coach at Georgetown University, John Thompson.

“John Thompson told me a long time ago that you’re one of the smartest kids that he (knows),” Lattimer said. “So I don’t think you’re dumb.”

Iverson: “I’m a smart dude that made mistakes.”

I don’t know if there has ever been a worse athlete-city pairing than Iverson with Detroit.


  • Nov 15, 20113:10 pm
    by Laser


    I dunno about your last sentence there. This city LOOOOOOVES itself a scapegoat, especially one that can shift the focus of blame away from our “Shining Boy,” Joe Dumars.
    The Iverson Experiment was a drop in the bucket, and I don’t think there’s a reasonable case to be made that his impact on the team in a few short months was all that detrimental. He was a dud and a prima donna and a distraction around here, but he went away with the snap of a finger. Having bad memories and feelings about his time here is fine, but directly associating him with this team’s downfall is unfair and indefensible; it could have been ANYONE’S $21 million in expiring money that Joe crippled the team with.
    Personally I don’t have much respect for him these days. Something about the combination of his mom drilling it into his head that he could do anything, and the extreme measure of success he had in the league against all odds, ruined him and separated him from reality. Ten years ago he was a legend, but that’s about it.

  • Nov 15, 20117:06 pm
    by Ryan


    Xinjiang in the CBA just lost Quincy Douby for the season–they should think about contacting AI.  I’m sure AI could average nearly as much as Douby did last season (31ppg).

  • Nov 16, 201112:24 am
    by Jodi Jezz


    I’ll admit, I’m another Piston fan that still likes Iverson…Even though our season sucked that year, I liked our experiment with Iverson in our lineup…I thought the Iverson, Rip, Prince, Johnson, Wallace lineup was awesome…Good article @Pat…

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