Is Coach Allen Iverson Being Held Hostage In China Because He Wont Play In Games?!

Published on May 22nd, 2015 by Astramskas, David | 4,420 views


Is Allen Iverson being “held hostage” in China?!  According to Real GM, that seems to be the developing story.

Despite signing an agreement to coach a Chinese tour, Allen Iverson has been pushed so hard to play by local promoters in Harbin, China, that officials held the 11-time NBA All-Star in the city and delayed his next stop, sources told RealGM on Thursday.

“He did everything he could to leave for his next city, and they still held him hostage. For a guy who’s beloved in China, it was ridiculous.”

A day before all this happened, AI won in his coaching debut and celebrated afterwards at a promotional dinner with Yao Ming. But when he tried to leave the next morning, that’s when “local fans and promoters closed off transportation.”

I can’t confirm anything from the RealGM story, but Iverson did post the following picture with a thank you note to his fans in China last night, so who knows what’s really going on. But while we wait for more on the story, I recommend you watch the Iverson Showtime documentary if you haven’t yet.

Thank you to my fans in China for all the love!!! … #TheAnswer

A photo posted by Allen Iverson (@theofficialai3) on


For the past few years, Allen Iverson has been travelling to China to participate in exhibition games. In 2012, he went with the streetball organization Ball Up and scored 37 points and dished out 8 assists in his first game. The following year, AI returned with Ball Up and was once again treated like a King during a 3 game exhibition tour. Later that same year, a week before he officially announced his retirement, he went to Jakarta and “played” in the well known LA Lights Streetball Event.

Then in 2014, a retired Iverson hung up his streetball jersey too and became Coach AI, when he decided to coach and not play with the Ball Up team as they competed in the All In Exhibition Game in the Philippines.  Even though he didn’t play he was still shown lots of love.









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Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.

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