The Resource Only the strong survive : the odyssey of Allen Iverson, Larry Platt

Only the strong survive : the odyssey of Allen Iverson, Larry Platt

Label
Only the strong survive : the odyssey of Allen Iverson
Title
Only the strong survive
Title remainder
the odyssey of Allen Iverson
Statement of responsibility
Larry Platt
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
There are few figures among America's media-saturated landscape that loom larger than the National Basketball Association's undeniable superstar Allen Iverson. He was the first overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft, and the spotlight has not left him since. Defiantly tattooed, with his hair in cornrows, the six-foot Philadelphia 76ers point guard has been vilified by a sports press still fawning over Michael Jordan's non-threatening, clean-cut visage. From Iverson's rap sheet to his rap album, from his on-court feats to his off-court antics, breathless fans and journalists alike seem determined to track his every move. Part sports star, part antihero, part hip-hop icon, Iverson has managed to cross over into the mainstream of American culture -- without compromise. It wasn't long before Iverson's prodigious athletic skills became apparent. Raised in poverty, with his father in prison, Iverson retreated to his local playgrounds and found escape from the all-too-common woes of the inner-city dweller. In one summer alone, eight of his friends were killed in shootings. But Iverson's talent simply could not be denied, and basketball remained the one constant in his tumultuous existence. And so Iverson, despite all odds, rose. A now-infamous scuffle in a bowling alley led to near race riots in Iverson's hometown of Newport News, Virginia, resulting in his being sentenced to jail time during high school. Eventually, Governor Douglas Wilder granted him clemency, the conviction was overturned on appeal, and his ascent continued. Georgetown coach John Thompson stepped in, giving Iverson a berth on his team at a time when other universities were too skittish to offer the same. It was their loss. After two tremendous years at Georgetown, Iverson declared himself eligible for the NBA draft. And the rest is history
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 796.323/092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • GV884.I84
  • GV884.I84
LC item number
  • P53 2002
  • P53 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Only the strong survive : the odyssey of Allen Iverson, Larry Platt
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
50638526
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 259 pages
Isbn
9780060097738
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002031857
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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