National Basketball Association (NBA) legend Allen Iverson is now enjoying the bliss of fatherhood. Iverson is in Manila to attend a charity event titled All-In Basketball Charity Game today at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Iverson, 39, once an NBA Most Valuable Player was known for his daredevil moves inside the hard court during his heydays.
“The passion [for playing professional basketball]is gone. I’m already done,” Iverson, who led the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2001 NBA finals, told reporters during a press conference at the NBA Café in SM Aura in Taguig City on Tuesday.
“I love to be a full-time dad with my kids. I like to focus on my family because I lost a lot of opportunities playing in the league and traveling all the time,” said the 1996 No. 1 overall rookie top pick. “I also become emotional when I watch the Sixers. I can’t watch them.”
Besides the Philadelphia 76ers, Iverson also played for the Denver Nuggets, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Detroit Pistons then returned to Philadelphia in 2009 before playing overseas in Turkey in 2010.
The 11-time NBA All-Star player, Iverson, will serve as the coach of Team Gawad Kalinga comprised by Ball Up Streetball All-Stars players and former Philippine Basketball Association standouts Willie Miller, Ren-Ren Ritualo and veteran Jerry Cordiñera, among others.
Gawad Kalinga will play against PCWorx, which will be coached by PBA Grand Slam coach Tim Cone. The team will be led by former Barako Bull Energy player DerMarr Johnson, Kiefer Ravena of Ateneo de Manila University and Jeron Teng of De La Salle University as well as Eddy Curry, another NBA standout.
The event’s proceeds will go to Gawad Kalinga.