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D'Antoni: Maybe we should've signed Iverson

Posted on: November 21, 2009 7:07 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mike D'Antoni provided some more insight Saturday into why the team decided not to offer four-time scoring champion Allen Iverson a contract. And while the Knicks' coach said he's "really comfortable" with the decision, he didn't sound convinced.

"Talk to me 30 games from now," D'Antoni said before the Knicks beat the Nets 98-91. "Maybe we should’ve done it, I don’t know."

The process never got to the point where D'Antoni felt compelled to meet face-to-face with Iverson, who is a free agent after getting waived by the Grizzlies in another ugly parting of ways for the future Hall of Famer. D'Antoni said he didn't need to meet with Iverson to understand what kind of role he would've expected in New York.

"You guys have written enough about him," D'Antoni told a small group of reporters. "I think everybody pretty much knows the deal. He’s been pretty open about the deal. You have to play a certain away (with Iverson). Now, he’s good enough to command that and that’s fine. With Eddy (Curry), with our young guys, that’s not the way we wanted to go. Nothing against Allen."

Asked if he would've been sold on the idea if Iverson were capable of accepting a secondary role, D'Antoni said, "That’s not Allen. You know that, and it’s not even fair to ask him to do that."

D'Antoni then compared Iverson's situation to that of Stephon Marbury -- reluctantly, he said. D'Antoni benched Marbury at the start of last season and ultimately banished him from the team.

"It’s a little bit like Stephon," D'Antoni said. "That’s not right. That’s not right to him. Either you're giving him the keys to the car, or you’re not."

Miami and Charlotte have been mentioned as potential destinations for Iverson, but NBA front office executives expect him to be on the market for a while -- perhaps becoming a contingency option for a team that suffers backcourt injuries. Iverson's agent, Leon Rose, attended Saturday's game between the Knicks and Nets but said there were no developments warranting a comment.


Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2009 8:43 pm

D'Antoni: Maybe we should've signed Iverson

Correct, finally the voice of reason.  Also remember Knicks management was concerned that the development of their young players might be hindered, this had nothing to do with playing time, but rather practice time and working hard. 

AI doesn't believe in practice.....I think when he went to Denver someone asked him about practice and his response was '....practice, nobody said anything about practice I'm here to play in the games...' or something like that.  


Having AI on a young a developing team would definitely send the wrong message about practice and working hard.  Good move by Knicks' management in not caving in for some short term gratification and sticking it out. 

We've come this far what's another season, we'll just keep throwing the youg'ens into the fray.  Like I've said before the Knicks are still holding tryouts to see who makes the team next year.

This is about next year not this year!

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2009 3:57 pm

D'Antoni: Maybe we should've signed Iverson

Gm's and coaches rarely learn from other team's mistakes. AI has burned bridges in  two cities so now a third team will think they are unique- something different about their situation and they will sign this guy..

Then we will be writing AI has burned bridges in three cities so now a 4th team thinks they are unique.....

Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2009 11:44 am

D'Antoni: Maybe we should've signed Iverson

you will never get cris paul never..../

Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2009 9:18 am

D'Antoni: Maybe we should've signed Iverson

Iverson has never excelled at fast tempo style of play.  He is still quick, yes, but he is a half court offensive player who needs to have the ball a lot.  A fast tempo style of game isn't condusive to Iverson having the ball a lot.  This is one reason why Denver wanted him out.  As soon as Iverson would go to the bench they would actually go on a run without him and speed things up.  I agree with their move not to sign him.  They need a lightning quick PG who can get everyone involved.  They had their chances in last year's draft.  When is Chris Paul a free agent? 

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2009 1:20 am

D'Antoni: Maybe we should've signed Iverson

Well, I think Iverson would have fit in well with New York. With Allen Iverson starting, mixed in with Mike D'Antoni's style of offense, he would simply kill it out there. I can understand why D'Antoni did not want Allen, he is trying to devolop a team into something great.

Nonetheless he still would have a great All-Start on his team and I really don't think he would have to sacrifice a whole lot on the floor to have Iverson play. He really should have picked him up, his loss i guess. D'Antoni's style of offense + Iverson= Sickness...enough said.

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