Iverson still battling with longtime addiction to everything
Updated: March 9, 2010

By Zaki, PhillyGameday.com

Former 76ers guard Allen Iverson spoke openly on Tuesday about how he has long suffered through menacing addictions to everything ever, including alcohol, lamps, gambling, drama and Saved By The Bell reruns.

“You ever wake up in the middle of the night feenin’ for a Snicker’s wrapper?” Iverson said on Tuesday. “Not the Snicker’s…not a Snicker’s. I’m talkin’ ’bout the wrapper. Well, that’s where I am right now.”

Iverson said that while he suffered from his addictions well before he was ever drafted by the 76ers in 1996, the money he made only made things worse for him and his family.

“When I was just a broke kid, I couldn’t do much to feed my habit for diamond-encrusted diamonds,” said Iverson. “But signing that first contract kind of enabled me and made that habit a lot worse. The money did help my addiction to ‘broke’ though. At least temporarily.”

Iverson mentioned that although he suffered from addictions to Curling and Mongolia, it was his dependence on professional basketball and the city of Philadelphia that impacted him the most.

Zaki is the Chief Rocka and senior writer for PhillyGameday.com.

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