NBA has answer for A.I.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The NBA came down on 76ers guard Allen
Iverson Tuesday by fining the All-Star $10,000 for verbal abuse of a game
official. The incident occurred with referee Marc Davis in Saturday’s loss to
Iverson was disturbed by an apparent comment Davis made towards the speedy
guard following a 94-88 loss to Chicago. The former Georgetown star was
vehemently upset about calls and challenged Davis after the game. Iverson said
Davis responded by saying he would “whup my ass.”
The 29-year-old Iverson then had to be restrained by teammates moments after
the confrontation and later was seen heading towards the referees’ dressing
room before Sixers GM Billy King stepped in and calmed his star player down.
Iverson, playing with a chip fracture in his left thumb, leads the NBA in
scoring with 30.3 points per game. He also leads the league in minutes (42.4)
and ranks second in steals (2.32).
The first overall selection of the 1996 draft, Iverson scored a career-high 60
points — the most in the NBA this season — in a victory over Orlando on
February 12. He owns three scoring titles and was named the 2000-01 NBA
Most Valuable Player. That season, he led the league in scoring (31.1 ppg) and
steals (2.51 spg).
Philadelphia, currently in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern
Conference, is 4-2 in its last six games.