AI Once Lost To Nelly At Horse Drunk, Loves Fridays

Just came across a gem of an article from the fine folks over at CSN Philly. Basically confirms what everyone already knows which is that Allen Iverson was and always will be the biggest G to ever play the game of basketball. In an interview with AI he reveals two things: that he once lost to Nelly at horse while he was trashed, and that he is a big fan of TGI Fridays establishments. Check out the interview

“Have a lot of rappers over your career tried to come at you on the basketball court?

Not one-on-one. Me and Nelly played H.O.R.S.E. He’s a friend of mine. I remember one night we went to Jermaine Dupri’s studio and I had been drinking before I got there. We went into the gym and he beat my ass. Then he went on 106 and Park and bragged about it. So the next time we played, I made sure that I came prepared. I hadn’t drunk anything and beat his ass. And during that game he was saying, “You need to get him a couple drinks.” I told him, “Nah. Not today. You ain’t going to brag on this one.”

We all know he loves Fridays by now, but his explanation of it is still quite fun.

What is it about that place?

Just that it’s not too uppity. It’s not bougie. It’s a down to Earth restaurant. I like doing things like that. Unless I’m like taking my girl out. I’ll take her to the real expensive, you know, exotic restaurants. Other than that, when I’m hanging with my friends, we just like to go to a spot where we can chill out. And we like the food there, so it’s always been love at Friday’s.

I heard the locals called it Club Fridays whenever you were there.

Yeah. I’ll always be attached to it because I remember a lot of the people in Philadelphia were real when they were greeting me at Friday’s. They always made sure I was comfortable. By me going there, it ended up being the No. 4 Friday’s in the country. So, I did a lot for them too.”

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Fucking. Legend. Gotta love AI, all you hear about nowadays are stories about Kobe and his insanely insane work ethic and everything of the like. “Kobe comes to practice 3 hours early.” “Kobe plays 1 on 1 games to 100.” “Kobe once tried to fight a teammate that beat him in practice”. Cool story bro, live a little. Sure Kobe has 5 rings and AI has 0 but there’s some things you just can’t put a price on and playing horse with the guy who made ‘Country Grammar” is one of them. See what AI did when he lost? He didn’t try to give Nelly band aid number two or anything like that, just basically gave the excuse that he was wasted and waxed his ass the next time. Classic.

Adding to him being probably the coolest athlete ever, the Friday’s bit is simply amazing. Doesn’t need the over priced, a la carte everything places that people only go to for the insta pics. Give this guy a good drink special and some loaded potato skins and he’s happier than a pig in mud. CLUB FRIDAYS sounds like a lame high school nickname that six dudes who haven’t gotten a blowjob yet go to on Friday nights (no pun intended), but of course AI makes it sound baller as shit. Got it up to the number 4 Friday’s in the country too, flat out impressive. Lebron, Melo, Wade and CP3 go on lavish vacations in the offseason with their wives. AI made it rain at a Philly Friday’s. They just don’t make em like they used to, that’s for damn sure.

Check out the full article right here:

http://www.csnphilly.com/blog/700-level/iverson-once-drunkenly-lost-horse-nelly-0

Kobe Retiring At End Of Season

In case you haven’t heard yet, Kobe Bryant is retiring at the end of this current 2015-2016 NBA season. Kobe announced his decision via The Players Tribune (an absolute must read, you can cry, it’s OK) in a poetic entry. This finally puts an end to the speculation of when the storied career of the iconic legend will come to an end.

Immediately after hearing about his retirement I questioned whether this was actually legitimate, whether Kobe was actually retiring or if it was one of those deals where they tug back and forth about returning or not. But after reading the announcement I am thoroughly convinced this is it for #8, or #24, The Black Mamba, or whatever else you want to call one of the best basketball players of all time. He basically says, among other things, that his mind and desire for the game is still there but the physical limitations are just too strong to continue. As a fan it’s definitely a bittersweet proposition but also a huge sigh of relief. As someone who respects Kobe and all of his accomplishments, I really didn’t want to see him drag this thing out and do what way too many athletes have done and stick around too long, it would just be too sad to watch. Kobe’s too good for that. If anything, one could argue that he should have retired already, but you can’t knock his approach. He was injured and gave an honest attempt to come back and compete at a high level, nothing wrong with that. The Lakers have a lot of young talent and while none may have the career Kobe had, it’s their time to represent the Lakers and try to get them back to their usually esteemed status. It will be sad to watch the NBA sans Kobe Bryant, but it would have been even sadder to watch him come off the bench and play limited minutes on a losing team. Love or hate, isn’t it hard to imagine the league without “8”? Adore or abhor, it just won’t be the same without 24.

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Here’s a link to his announcement:

http://www.theplayerstribune.com/dear-basketball/