Allen Iverson is always a great interview – cough cough come on Crossing Streams cough cough – and after one cancellation (this is A.I. after all) Complex magazine caught up to him to talk drunk HORSE, T.G.I. Friday’s, and his possible front-office future. First, Sole Collector’s Gerald Flores went straight for story time:
Have a lot of rappers over your career tried to come at you on the basketball court?
Not one-on-one. Me and Nelly played H.O.R.S.E. He’s a friend of mine. I remember one night we went to Jermaine Dupri’s studio and I had been drinking before I got there. We went into the gym and he beat my ass. Then he went on 106 and Park and bragged about it. So the next time we played, I made sure that I came prepared. I hadn’t drunk anything and beat his ass. And during that game he was saying, “You need to get him a couple drinks.” I told him, “Nah. Not today. You ain’t going to brag on this one.”
You may beat drunk A.I. in HORSE, but don’t go bragging on BET about it or he’ll come back and beat your ass.
Meanwhile, AI on Friday’s:
What is it about that place?
Just that it’s not too uppity. It’s not bougie. It’s a down to Earth restaurant. I like doing things like that. Unless I’m like taking my girl out. I’ll take her to the real expensive, you know, exotic restaurants. Other than that, when I’m hanging with my friends, we just like to go to a spot where we can chill out. And we like the food there, so it’s always been love at Friday’s.
How did you first find that place?
It was in Philly and I stayed right down the street from it. It was somewhere I could grab me something to eat after practice and go home. After games I used to go there and get me something to eat and go about my business. That was my stomping grounds in Philadelphia.
I heard the locals called it Club Fridays whenever you were there.
Yeah. I’ll always be attached to it because I remember a lot of the people in Philadelphia were real when they were greeting me at Friday’s. They always made sure I was comfortable. By me going there, it ended up being the No. 4 Friday’s in the country. So, I did a lot for them too.
What was your go-to meal at Friday’s?
Philly cheese wrap.
Read the full interview here.