Over the years, we’ve heard some pretty crazy stories about NBA star Allen Iverson but this tid-bit revealed by a Forbes magazine story might be one of the most interesting.
An unnamed former teammate told the magazine that Iverson wasn’t a big fan of luggage and decided to buy a new set of clothes during each stop on the team’s road trip to fill that void:
Perhaps the telltale indicator of Iverson’s divorce from financial reality, however, was an anecdote I received via a former teammate of Iverson’s from his days with the Philadelphia 76ers. This player, raised on a far higher standard of fiduciary responsibility, was amused and stunned by “A.I.’s” money habits. He related how on many road trips Iverson refused to carry baggage, evidently seeking to remain as unencumbered from physical things as he was of basketball defenders. Because of this habit, Iverson would buy a full selection of new clothes, shoes, and other expensive items at each new destination with rolls of cash he carried on his person. Moreover, upon departure, he would leave all those goodies behind in his hotel room or just give them away.
Now, it’s nice that he gave those clothes away but it probably would have just been simpler/more cost effective to carry some Louis Vuitton luggage.
(Courtesy of The 700 Level)