Iverson: A Netflix Review

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Tribeca Film Festival:

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.

Growing up, Iverson was my favorite athlete. He was a person that defined the odds. I saw him and I saw myself. A shorter athlete, and who had to overcome many obstacles in life as well as on the court.

In this documentary, we get to see his life off the court. It shows us the many struggles he had to deal with, from an early age, all the way up to his retirement. The end of his career was messy: he bounced around to several teams, struggling to find work or even come off the bench. He didn’t retire gracefully like an athletes wants to, but I believe that ending signifies who Iverson is and what he went through his entire career—fight. He’s a fighter. He’s an inspiration to any underdog out there. And now he’s in the Hall of Fame.

Here’s a the Netflix link to watch Iverson.