Los Angeles Clippers star Matt Barnes has revealed that NBA legend Allen Iverson used to spend up to $40,000 on every trip to a strip club.
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Reports have long circulated that Iverson is having financial problems, and although there has been no confirmation of those suggestions from the man himself, stories like this would suggest that there could be an element of truth to them.
Many of the point guard’s former teammates have stories to tell about the man regarded as the greatest ‘pound-for-pound’ player that the league has ever seen, and Barnes has certainly added a new tale to the collection.
“Allen was the first guy that showed me how NBA players spend money in strip clubs,” he said, as reported by Sports Illustrated.
“That guy went. HARD. He’d throw so much money, and this was when I was first in the league, that I used to take my foot and scoop the s— under my chair and either re-throw it or put some in my pocket. He’d throw $30,000, $40,000 every time we went. I’m like, ‘You realize what I can do with this money?’”
The Clippers forward played with Iverson during the 2005/06 season in Philadelphia, and in the same piece reveals several other stories about his teammates during his NBA career thus far.
However, the Iverson story has certainly been the one that has stood out to the media, and it gives an indication of what it was like for a star of the league with that much money.
Iverson has recently insisted that he would love to return to the 76ers in a front office role, but it remains to be seen whether or not they have a position available for him.
The Sixers are currently going through a rebuilding process with the roster, and their former star believes that he could play a key role in ensuring that they make the right decisions when it comes to player acquisition.