Baggage? We're talkin' about baggage?
Yes, we're talking about baggage. Or luggage, which Allen Iverson apparently wasnt't a fan of bringing on the road during his NBA playing days, instead opting to buy a whole new set of clothing in each city that the Sixers played in.
At least that's the story a former teammate of Iverson's with the Philadelphia 76ers relayed to Forbes magazine.
Here's the wallet-popping part:
Perhaps the telltale indicator of Iverson’s divorce from financial
reality, however, was an anecdote I received via a former teammate of
Iverson’s from his days with the Philadelphia 76ers. This player, raised
on a far higher standard of fiduciary responsibility, was amused and
stunned by “A.I.’s” money habits. He related how on many road trips
Iverson refused to carry baggage, evidently seeking to remain as
unencumbered from physical things as he was of basketball defenders.
Because of this habit, Iverson would buy a full selection of new
clothes, shoes, and other expensive items at each new destination with
rolls of cash he carried on his person. Moreover, upon departure, he
would leave all those goodies behind in his hotel room or just give them
Now, we're all for ballers being ballers. But at a certain point balling simply turns into being a broke, unemployed former legend of the game.
If you ever wondered how someone could piss away $200 milliion in career earnings, I guess leaving luggage at home is certainly one way to help do it.