Gilbert Arenas: Allen Iverson's Risky 'Tag' Game with Ray Allen Nearly Fatal

Unveiling a Hidden Side of NBA Legends..

by Nouman Rasool
Gilbert Arenas: Allen Iverson's Risky 'Tag' Game with Ray Allen Nearly Fatal
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In a thrilling revelation from the annals of NBA history, Gilbert Arenas, the former Washington Wizards All-Star, shared an astonishing story about two of the league's legends, Allen Iverson and Ray Allen. This tale, though not set on the hardwood floors of an NBA court, captures the essence of their competitive spirits, harkening back to a moment that transcends their professional rivalry.

The narrative unfolds during their time with the U.S. men's basketball team, specifically around the 2003 Tournament of the Americas. Here, the duo was not just teammates but also participants in an unexpected and perilous game of tag - a stark contrast to their usual high-stakes basketball encounters.

Iverson's Risky Leap

According to Arenas, the incident occurred when Ray Allen playfully tagged Iverson and retreated to his room, locking the door behind him. In a daring and almost reckless response, Iverson, determined not to be 'it', leaped from his own balcony to Allen's in a high-stakes maneuver that put his life at risk for the sake of this childhood game.

This anecdote, as told by Arenas, paints a vivid picture of Iverson's relentless competitiveness, even in the most informal of settings. This incident reportedly happened during their preparations for the tournament, which included various exhibition games, making it difficult to pinpoint the exact location of this near-tragic game of tag.

However, it's not uncommon for NBA players to engage in light-hearted activities while bonding during tours, whether on a bus, plane, or at their hotel. While card games are typically the go-to pastime, this instance of tag, according to Arenas, demonstrates the youthful spirit that persists even among these millionaire athletes.

On a more serious note, Iverson and Allen were significant contributors to the U.S. team's success in the 2003 tournament, leading them to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Iverson, averaging 14.3 points per game, was a key scorer, while Allen added 10.6 points per game. However, their

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