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Former NBA superstar Allen Iverson — one of basketball’s most controversial and enigmatic figures — comes vividly to light in this hard-hitting biography that examines what drove his successes and failures. Nothing could stop Allen Iverson’s rise — not trends or rules. The only thing that could stop him was himself. Not a Game is not a sanitized, skim-the-surface version of the Iverson story. This fascinating biography doesn’t ignore his flaws, or the reality that if a sports hero is good at his job, no one pays much attention to warning signs off the court.
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“A searingly honest and intimate portrait of a captivating icon, but also a cautionary tale for any young star. Kent Babb captures the complexity of Allen Iverson from all angles in a fascinating must-read for all sports fans.”
— Baxter Holmes, ESPN NBA reporter
Portrait of author Kent Babb
Kent Babb is a journalist and writer who writes sports features for the Washington Post. His work appeared in the Best American Sports Writing in 2013, and he has been honored eight times by the Associated Press Sports Editors, including first-place national awards for features in 2005 and 2010. Babb has received commendations from the Poynter Institute, the Hearst Foundation, and in numerous state and regional journalism contests.A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he lives in northern Virginia with his wife, Whitney. … READ MORE
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“This is more than just great sports writing, this is writing at its best. Babb strips away the public persona of iconic superstar Allen Iverson to tell a stunning story of triumph, tribulation and ultimate tragedy.”
— R.G. Belsky, author of “The Kennedy Connection” and “The Midnight Hour”
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“Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable fall of Allen Iverson” is available in eBook format, so you can read it on your favorite device.