February 14, 2009 7:58 PM
Will Iverson go to heaven or hell?
By Chris Tomasson
Rocky Mountain News
PHOENIX _ Since it's hard to be two places at once, the NBA puts out quote sheets during All-Star Weekend. The sheets are distributed to the media and put online.
For those who weren't there Friday, the first question listed on Allen Iverson's quote sheet raised some eyebrows:
Question: Do you think you're going to go to heaven or hell?
No, this wasn't some religious zealot who somehow got an All-Star credential putting a full-court press on the Detroit guard.
This most interesting exchange with the former Nuggets star actually began when a television reporter suggested it might be a bit staged when the NBA does some charity events, such as having the cameras roll when players are handing out Thanksgiving turkeys.
That got Iverson going.
"Fake,'' Iverson agreed.
Iverson launched into how he does charitable acts without the media being there.
"When I do a lot of things for my community, when I'm scheduled to do things like that, I always tell them, especially when I go to hospitals... I don¹t want the cameras around me,'' Iverson said. "Because it makes me feel like I'm doing it for that and that¹s not why I do it... I don't like that aspect of it having the cameras around because it truly is fake. I do things for people and for my community because it makes me feel good as a person and it helps.
"It helps other people misfortunate people. I just look forward to doing it. I don't need all the publicity that comes with it. I don¹t need that. When its time for me to get towards that gate, either he gonna say, 'Come in' or he gonna say, 'Turn around.' And a camera won't decide whether I get in or not.''
Naturally, curiosity seekers wanted to know how Iverson stands now regarding the gates of heaven.
"I¹ve done a lot of good things in my life and done a lot of bad things in my life so I don¹t know,'' he said. "I hope the good things I've done outweigh the bad things. I'm damn sure I don't want to go to hell.
"I'm not saying that I'm not in, because I think I am. Unless some things go dramatically wrong in next how many years, I think I'll be welcomed through those gates.''
So that's Iverson's look at heaven and hell. Soon, the media moved on from the afterlife to Iverson's current life, which includes a stint Sunday as an East starting guard.