Allen Iverson: Fear no One

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HE HAS TAKEN HIS GAME -- AND THE GAME -- TO A NEW LEVEL
He grew up in Virginia with nothing but his talent and his heart. But he had The Plan: his never-say-die dream to become an NBA superstar. So he began his journey down a road full of obstacles. But the world underestimated Allen Iverson....
Fear No One
From his first days playing college hoops...to his turbulent early years in the pros...to his leading the Philadelphia 76ers to the 2001 NBA Finals and being named league MVP, here is the real story of controversial superstar Allen Iverson. Acclaimed sports journalist John Smallwood -- who has covered Iverson extensively -- shows readers the Iverson they never knew: the boy, the man, the rapper, the player, the role model, and the icon.
Get to know ALLEN IVERSON...the man behind the legend.
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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Feb 17, 2002
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9780743448666
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Sports
Sports & Recreation / Basketball
Sports & Recreation / General
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“A searingly honest and intimate portrait of a captivating icon.” —Baxter Holmes, ESPN NBA reporter

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His then wife Tawanna, seen often as the mild-mannered woman who tamed the bad boy, tried to keep her husband and family on the rails. But, as so many others learned on basketball courts, she was no match for the force of nature that was Iverson. Jealousy, meanness, and relentless eventually wore down even his biggest fans, teammates, and, eventually, even his most formidable opponent.
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