Response to Bomani Jones’ (Washington Post) piece entitled the Tragedy of Allen Iverson

 I agree with much of what Bomani Jones says. However we cannot fail to mention the impact of family and a poor quality education. Allen’s posse was his family. His loyalty, however much sometimes we wished he didn’t have so much,was born of a street culture he lived even if many of us didn’t.  He made the NBA stars respect him because of his work ethic,  his huge heart and his incredible talent. Practice my behind! Other NBA players admitted the stars didn’t do all the drills,etc. Couldn’t afford having them get injured in practice. Allen was blessed with a monster heart, not size. He gave it all on the afternoon/night of the game and then some. Sometimes I think all he had was his ego. He often seemed to will himself to maintain the stamina,  make the shot, dive for the ball, win the game.

The enemy isn’t Iverson;  it is a system that has consistently failed to educate all of its people thus ensuring parents who aren’t properly educated, adequately employed, and therefore unable  to provide the necessities for solid home and community life and well-being. It is easy to cast aspersions when folks don’t live up to their potential. The real tragedy I think is when society, that means us, fails to recognize and admit the part we collectively play in it.

 

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