DIFF 2010 Review: No Crossover…The Trial of Allen Iverson

12 04 2010

Practice?……We talkin’ bout……..practice?

If you know anything about basketball, you know Allen Iverson will be remembered as one of the most talented and troubled humans to ever play the game.

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson was directed by the same man who directed the classic Hoop Dreams, Steve James.  The documentary chronicles the star’s 1993 bowling alley brawl in Hampton, VA that landed him in jail.  It describes a racially divided city, and one very hard to read athlete.

Iverson had no involvement in the making of this doc, and that’s probably for the better.  The purpose of a documentary is to present an unbiased view to the audience.  This does exactly that.  You leave the theater wondering what to really think of The Answer.  Is he really a thug, or just a guy with good intentions who is (always) in the wrong place, at the wrong time? I was always under the impression of the latter, but after seeing this, it’s much easier to see the other side of things.

The film is a part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series and will be premiering on the network later this month.  You can see it at the Magnolia today at 1pm.

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