masslive – It was during that time when Philadelphia 76ers superstar Allen Iverson asked Mannix to buy as much Corona as he could for the team bus. As Mannix told the story for Sports Illustrated’s Off the Record (video below), the Celtics had just eliminated Iverson’s Sixers from the 2002 playoffs. Mannix took Iverson’s money — “I think it was close to $2,000,” he said — and walked to the nearest liquor store to purchase as much beer as possible. But as he rolled the beer back a quarter of a mile on a hand truck, happy Bostonians started stealing cases of beer. The amount of alcohol in Mannix’s control further diminished when Celtics players saw him in the players parking lot and took some for themselves. So by the time the “ball man” returned to Iverson, he only had about four cases of beer left. “He goes, ‘That’s what my money bought you?’” Mannix said. “That’s what $2,000 bought you?’” But emotions never really escalated. Mannix sheepishly escaped by saying yes, that was all the money could manage. “I think he was just in such a foul mood that he didn’t really argue,” Mannix said. “As long as there was something on that bus for him, he took it.”
Allen Iverson is the gift that keeps on giving. Seems like everybody has an Iverson story. “Remember that time AI kidnapped his own kids?” “Remember that time Iverson’s wife forced him to hand over the names and numbers of all the chicks he banged during their marriage?” “Remember how Allen Iverson didn’t carry luggage but instead bought new clothes in every city he traveled to?” The stories don’t end; the man is a mystical figure in Philadelphia sports history. Two grand for a few cases of Corona? Why not? Not any crazier than running around town with a gun in your hand frantically searching for your wife or freaking out at reporters for asking you about practice.
Heroes get remembered but legends never die.