Chinese fans, promoters held Allen Iverson hostage…wanting him to play

allen-iverson-chinaAllen Iverson’s popularity is yet to decrease, as even outside the United States, he has enough of fans who just don’t seem to agree with the fact that he has retired.

Iverson signed a contract to coach a basketball team on a Chinese tour, yet the local promoters wanted him to actually play.

This ended up in Iverson being held up in the city, sources told RealGM.

After Iverson won the game by 10 points in his coaching debut, the local promoters in Harbin wanted him to step outside of his contract and put on a jersey, preventing him to move forward on the tour against his will.

Iverson remained on the sideline as coach, and after the game went to a promotional dinner that included Yao Ming. When Iverson readied to depart to Xi’an, sources say local fans and promoters closed off transportation, leaving him without a plane until later in the day.

After the incident, Iverson’s family demanded that the former NBA star stop the tour and return to the United States.

“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 source told RealGM.

Iverson announced his retirement from basketball in October of 2013. He spent 14 seasons in the NBA, playing in 914 games (901 started), and holds career average of 26.7 points per game, and 6.2 assists per game, with 41.1 minutes per game.

He scored a total of 24,368 career points. He was the winner of both the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors. He is an 11-time All-Star, and 4-time NBA scoring champion.

Iverson took his team all the way to the NBA Finals in 2001 but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. Despite never winning a championship, Iverson was rated the fifth greatest NBA shooting guard of all time by ESPN in 2008.

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