30 for 30 (2010)





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Years before he became a star in the NBA, Allen Iverson was a high school athlete in Hampton, Virginia who showed tremendous promise on both the football field and the basketball court. Iverson's talent had attracted the attention of a number of college and pro scouts, and a bright future seemed assured until February 19, 1993, when he and some friends went to a local bowling alley. Iverson and his friends, who were African-American, got into an argument with another group of young men, who were white. Iverson and his friends said the white youths shouted racial epithets at them, while the white students said that Iverson and his pals were harassing them in an arrogant manner. The youngsters got into a brawl, and while a videotape showed that plenty of punches were thrown by both sides, Iverson and two of his friends, Michael Simmons and Samuel Wynn, were the only ones who stood trial for the melee, in which Iverson was accused of striking a woman in the head with a chair. The subsequent trial became a major news story in Hampton, and divided the community along racial lines in a way no event had since the Civil Rights era. Award-winning filmmaker Steve James, who was born and raised in Hampton, examines the incident and its impact on Hampton and Iverson in the documentary No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson. Produced for the ESPN cable network as part of their "30 for 30" documentary series, No Crossover was an official selection at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival.
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In my opinion, the most gifted basketball players and each position are PG Allen Iverson, SG Michael Jordan, SF Lebron James, PF Shawn Kemp, and C Shaquille O'Neill/Wilt Chamberlain are a draw. Here's a great story about a guy who almost never showed his greatness.

Tim Hallahan
Tim Hallahan

Interesting documentary on the assault trial of Allen Iverson one of the NBA's most controversial stars of all-time. Before he was even a star at Georgetown Iverson was the center of racial controversy in the small city of Hampton, New Jersey. Tried for an assault on a young white woman during a fight in a bowling alley Iverson was convicted and served his sentence (which many though was to lenient and others too tough) before becoming the star that we remember him as today. Interesting for sports fans but not so much for others.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

deep, hard story of a very uncomfortable subject. and personal too, that I didn't expect. It's about a white guy trying to understand not just a controversy but what all these 'black person problems' are all about. In a good way. I also loved that the film didn't paint Iverson as some saint. There's a LOT of gray area about the whole case, and by the end no one can really be sure of anything, except that ultimately Iverson's rising star got him both in prison and out by the same coin. His other co-horts... not so lucky.

Jack Gattanella
Jack Gattanella

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