The mystery surrounding Allen Iverson’s absence from his BIG3 game Sunday just got a little deeper.
Iverson was seen gambling in a Chicago-area casino the night before the game in Dallas, TMZ Sports reported.
One person said Iverson was still at Rivers Casino as late as 3 a.m. on Sunday. He was then seen at a Chicago-area restaurant Sunday night wearing the same clothes he donned at the casino.
BIG3 released a statement Sunday afternoon saying it was looking into Iverson’s absence and that it had launched an investigation.
So far, BIG3 has not released an update on Iverson’s whereabouts, and Iverson hasn’t posted anything on his social media in several days.
For the Rockets and coach Mike D’Antoni, the hope is that Anthony is ready to love NBA basketball again, that he can take with him to Houston some of that spirit he’s shown as an Olympian over the years. That is, of course, if the Rockets and Knicks are finally able to grant Anthony’s wish and come up with a deal that sends him out of New York and off to Houston, where he could join good friend Chris Paul and MVP runner-up James Harden.
The nuts-and-bolts of Anthony with the Rockets, plainly his preferred team, will be complicated. First, there is the roster. Should Houston have to give up some combination of Ryan Anderson, Trevor Ariza or Eric Gordon, they’ll be left with a significant dropoff in talent from the Anthony-Harden-Paul trio to its second tier of players, even with the signings of veterans like Nene, P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute.
Anthony wants the ball in isolation to do what he does best: create a shot and score. Last season, according to NBA stats, 23.1 percent of Anthony’s possessions came in isolation situations, fourth-most in the league.