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Iverson gives play-by-play of his own demise

Posted on: August 21, 2009 1:15 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2009 4:17 pm
 
When Allen Iverson entered the NBA in 1996, people wore beepers. Seriously, Twitter Nation, to communicate with someone, here's what you did in 1996: You called their beeper number, listened for the beeps, punched in your phone number, and waited. Sometimes they'd call you back, sometimes they wouldn't.

It was slightly more effective than smoke signals, or rotary dialing.

Which brings us to the technical innovation of 2009 and how Iverson is using it to offer play-by-play of his own demise.

Iverson, a certain Hall of Famer coming off a $20 million-a-year salary who can't find an NBA job, has been waxing poetic about his comeback via Twitter updates. We call it a comeback because, well, Iverson does -- and also because he was for all intents and purposes retired down the stretch of a miserable stint with the Pistons last year. A proud 10-time All-Star, Iverson couldn't stomach coming off the bench for Michael Curry, who became only the latest coach to get fired after coaching A.I. Iverson went so far as to say that he'd retire for real before coming off another team's bench. But what he really couldn't stomach was the decline of his game. He's 34, his body has absorbed incalculable mileage, and he can't do the one thing he's always done better than anybody else -- get to the basket and score, by any means necessary.

Neil Paine of Basketball-reference.com analyzed Iverson's statistical decline and was spot-on in concluding that one of the problems is that while A.I. can still get to the basket, he's finishing with a lower percentage than he used to. That's what happens to players like Iverson when they get old; they don't fade away, they flame out like a comet.

I don't want to get too much into Iverson's sudden Twitter fetish. You can read the updates yourself. But the tone and volume of updates picked up noticeably this week, with A.I. saying that his "people" are telling him that he's "close to a deal." That was Wednesday morning. Still no deal.

Iverson also has floated the teams with whom he's apparently close to signing. "Waiting for the call," he wrote. "Charlotte, Miami, NY." Iverson, who has thrived off negative energy from his doubters since the moment he was drafted, also wrote, "If you think I am just going away, think again! ... I have heard all of the doubters, but they should know that I will not be broken."

Bobcats coach Larry Brown said this week that he'd gladly coach Iverson again, but didn't want to insult him with an offer that probably would be somewhere between the minimum and the mid-level exception. Miami? Why? As for the Knicks, we told you three weeks ago on this site that the Knicks had "zero" interest in Iverson. That remains true. Just ask the dozen media outlets that wrote it again this week.

Before you brand me an Iverson hater, think again (as A.I. would say). I've known him and covered him since his rookie year. I haven't liked everything he's done, but I've always liked him and enjoyed watching his career. For me, Iverson and Kobe have been my favorite post-Jordan players to watch. So if you're looking for A.I. bashing, or if you want to read someone who's hoping Iverson fails in his attempt to revive his suddenly dormant career, you've come to the wrong place.

I hope he succeeds. I hope he winds up somewhere that's a good fit, on a team that he can help. Some people are ready for the smiling, sanitized stars of the new NBA to take over and leave Iverson's rough public image and his innovative/frustrating/selfish game in the past. Not me. 

But in all the Twitter updates, amid all the bravado, I don't see the one line that Iverson needs to write. I don't see him stating that he'd accept a bench role, that he'd be willing to do what he could've done in Detroit -- which is allow his scoring gifts to impact the game as a reserve. If Iverson would say that, he might actually be getting some interest from teams other than the bottom-feeders whose intentions are really about the lowest common denominator: signing Iverson to sell tickets as opposed to signing him to improve their team.

I don't know how many more Twitter updates we'll see before Iverson signs somewhere. Maybe I'll page him and ask.



 



 
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Posted on: August 27, 2009 8:38 am
 

Iverson gives play-by-play of his own demise

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Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2009 7:56 am
 

Iverson gives play-by-play of his own demise

Iverson is my best loved nba player, i really want to say something about him,but in fact, i can't say anything out.  Maybe here i love his



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2009 5:56 pm
 

Iverson gives play-by-play of his own demise

He is good enough for a  NBA job, but not a starting one.



Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2009 3:48 pm
 

Iverson gives play-by-play of his own demise




Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2009 10:00 am
 

Allen was grand but uncompromising

I had the privelage of watching Allen's career unfold here in Philly. The talent was never in question but his ability to jive those talents with those of his lesser skilled teamates was apparent. Allen never got the math. 5 v. 5 was tough enough on offense let alone 5v.1. Allen often chose to play "free safety" on defense and his on the ball defense seemed to lack the same intensity of his game on the other side of the court. The highlight reels will live forever. Allen was perhaps the greatest pure athlete in the NBA of the last 20 years. Allen just never seemed to trust his teamates enough. Sad



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2009 7:42 pm
 

Iverson gives play-by-play of his own demise

What players like Iverson, Favre, and similar athletes do not want to see is their losing their abilities. Iverson has never been a winner, team players, or easy to coach. Now that he is older, why would a team want a headache similar to him. Zack Radolph is a similar type of player in that the teams that they play on usually, though n ot always lose. Iverson will have to take a role where he is not the star anymore, or he will not get a job. I really doubt that a contending team will have much interest in Iverson because of hi attitude. A team like Portland needs veteran presence on their team, but Iverson is a bad influence on the young players. That is why they signed Miller. Probably a cellar dwellar will sign him, but if he quits before the season is over will not surprise me.



Since: Jul 13, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2009 5:43 pm
 

Iverson gives play-by-play of his own demise

It's a young man's game.
If he wants to still run, there is a sixth man spot open in more than a few cities.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2009 5:10 pm
 

Iverson gives play-by-play of his own demise

I'm a big-time Allen Iverson fan, and I hope he gets a job somewhere. What I love about morons like rollnoles is that they create an entire post about how much of a cancer he is, without recognizing a single accomplishment of his on the court. There are many athletes who have had character issues interefere with their legacy, AI isn't the first, nor will he be the last. Its easy for a white-bred avg joe to hide behind his keyboard and criticize a guy like Iverson who obviously had a difficult upbringing. Iverson never jumped in the stands and beat people up, nor did he kill dogs or another human. Keep those things in mind when you Dudley Do-Rights criticize him.



Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2009 4:41 pm
 

Iverson gives play-by-play of his own demise

i would just love A.I. go to the lakers because he is a team killer and would be the death of that team and that would be great for this fixed NBA league


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