John Thompson doesn’t like losing, and he doesn’t take it well.
On Wednesday, he reluctantly lost Allen Iverson to the NBA, and all the coach could do was wish his player well and take a few potshots at the NCAA.
Citing personal and financial reasons, Iverson became the first player in Thompson’s 24 years at Georgetown to leave early for the pros. One of the last major pillars of the four-year student athlete has finally crumbled in the wave of the leave-school-early ‘90s.
“I don’t blame anybody but us,” Thompson said. “We have the most antiquated set of rules. They’re almost prehistoric based on the times. If we don’t look at it very clearly, there won’t be one halfway sensible reason why kids will stay in school.”
Under Thompson, 72 of 74 players who have stayed four years earned degrees.
An All-American sophomore guard and one of the game’s quickest players, Iverson said his decision boiled done to money. He revealed that he had a 1-year-old daughter and said his 4-year-old sister, Iiesha, had been having seizures.