Directed by Zatella Beatty
Iverson is the ultimate legacy of NBA legend Allen Iverson, who rose from a childhood of crushing poverty in Hampton, Virginia, to become an 11-time NBA All-Star and universally recognized icon of his sport. Off the court, his audacious rejection of conservative NBA convention and unapologetic embrace of hip hop culture sent shockwaves throughout the league and influenced an entire generation. Told largely in Iverson's own words, the film charts the career highs and lows of one of the most distinctive and accomplished figures the sport of basketball has ever seen.
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★★★★★ review by orc on Letterboxd
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★★★½ review by Jason on Letterboxd
I'm not an NBAhead by any means, and I knew nothing about Allen Iverson, although I did know he existed. Iverson presents an entertaining and well made documentary chronicling the life of this controversial man. Born into poverty and crime and later becoming an all time NBA great, it's the kind of rags to riches tale that never gets old. His career and life should have derailed multiple times; going to prison when he was 17 could really have been the end of it all. But he bounced back through determination and incredible talent. He's a character, that's for sure, and his out there fashion style complete with 20+ tattoos saw him become a trendsetter; something that not everybody is happy with.
★★★★½ review by Luis Cuevas on Letterboxd
Man I would love to see Jimmy Butler and those guys win a championship.
★★★★★ review by LucasJGG on Letterboxd
Love this Documentary.
★★★½ review by Americanguy on Letterboxd
I always liked Allen Iverson, the things that the media picked on him for never bothered me. The Chicago Bulls execs were very much like that too, very rigid in how a player should look. They did not want players wearing braids and things while playing. I’ve always thought comparing NBA players and slaves a bit silly, sure you get traded from team to team at times. I don’t like that aspect, but if you’re paying me millions to play basketball, see beautiful cities, get massages etc, then that’s an insult to slavery. I do feel there are times the NBA devalues the fact that these are adult individuals who should be able to pick how their hair looks, I mean James Hardens beard gets on my nerve, I just want to throw a pair of electric clippers in it and let it go to work. But he should have the right to wear it. Its not like he's making potato salad when he's playing basketball. I believe Allen Iverson had an attitude, but a lot of it was drawn from the medias need to create a monster and a story. It’s nice to see Allen Iverson been entered into the hall of fame and see how respected as a player he’s become.
OK NOW I’LL TELL YOU WHY ALLEN IVERSON NEVER WON AN NBA RING.
Allen Iverson did not play team ball. Now a lot of people would blame this on Allen, but coach Brown said in the documentary “I wanted him to shoot 40 times.” That tells you all you need to know. You can’t shoot that many times and win. That works in the regular season, but in the playoffs they are going to run a full court press at you, bottle you up, run double teams and triple teams at you. The only way to break that will be to pass to your teammates. The problem is the teammates by then are use to watching the Allen show, so they are not going to be expecting the ball. Michael Jordan won 6 championships because he learned to utilize the people around him. The Bulls tried to play Derrick Rose similar to how Philadelphia played Allen Iverson. Guess what The Bulls lost that year too, because they started to double and triple team Derrick Rose. One person teams are terrible.
Documentary is very decent; tells you some of his legal struggles. I did not know about the being sentenced to 5 years in prison, he was very blessed the governor got him out in a few months. I really do feel like the sentence was a railroad job, he got into a fight with white supposedly prejudice people in a bowling alley. Its sort of a he said she said situation, with video showing Allen leaving the fight early as he said. I really believe if the people were not white they’d have never brought charges. They did not bring charges against any of the white people. I do wish the documentary showed more of his family life and about his wife and kids.
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