.@DwyaneWade on the time he met Allen Iverson at a casino as a rookie:
“He threw me a $1,000 chip and was like, ‘Yo, go play this, young fella.’ So I played $500, and I put the other $500 in my pocket.”
True OG 🤣
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 5, 2020
You know many people are going to hate on this and tell you this is the reason why Allen Iverson went broke. Not me. Allen Iverson made memories. He made more memories than some people could have made in 10 lives. The stories of him at the Bala Cynwyd TGI Fridays would be enough for a lifetime. This is the same guy who used to keep black Hefty trashbags full of cash in his house and buy new clothes on road trips rather than pack a suitcase. You think AI was worried about a $1k chip? Did you see that Adidas contract?
Everyone’s starting a podcast nowadays and I’m going to need AI to start one of his own. There is no doubt it would be one of the most successful podcasts running. Stories for days about his time in Philly, Denver, Detroit, and China with guests galore.
The best part is D-Wade only played half of the chip and put the other $500 in his pocket. It reminds me of the time Matt Barnes was a rookie and he talked about how AI used to throw $40k at the strip club like it was nothing.
One early lesson came from Iverson, his teammate for half a season in Philadelphia. “Allen was the first guy that showed me how NBA players spend money in strip clubs,” Barnes says. “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?’”
Iverson made a young Dwyane Wade’s day that night so much that he still talks about to this day. What an absolute legend.