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Sixers meet with Iverson in Dallas (UPDATE)

Posted on: November 30, 2009 4:04 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2009 5:03 pm
 

Free agent Allen Iverson met for two hours in Dallas on Monday with 76ers president Ed Stefanski and coach Eddie Jordan, the first step in a possible reunion between the controversial star and the team that launched his career.

Stefanski issued the following statement on the team's web site after the meeting, held hours before Philadelphia was to continue a four-game Western swing against the Mavericks:

"This afternoon, we met with free agent Allen Iverson in Dallas for the first formal discussion regarding a possible return to the Philadelphia 76ers. The meeting lasted approximately two hours and covered a variety of topics, all of which we would prefer to keep between the team and Allen. The meeting was attended by Allen, his agent Leon Rose, and his personal manager Gary Moore, along with 76ers senior vice president/assistant general manager Tony DiLeo, head coach Eddie Jordan, assistant coach Aaron McKie, and me. At this time, both parties remain non-committal regarding a final decision and we will continue to discuss internally whether or not to pursue this course. We want to thank Allen, Leon, and Gary for taking the time to meet with us today. The Sixers will have no further comment at this time and further updates will be provided as they become available."

The two sides got together after Iverson spent the past week manipulating media coverage in his favor -- first, announcing his retirement on long-time confidant Stephen A. Smith's personal web site, then reaching out to the Sixers through intermediaries to express his interest in returning to the team that responded to his 2006 trade demand by dealing him to Denver.

Earlier Monday, it was reported that Sixers chairman Ed Snider said the team's basketball department would have autonomy to make a call on signing Iverson. For a team struggling with attendance and unable to recapture the relevance of the Iverson era, a reunion would make perfect sense from a business standpoint. Imagine the uptick in ticket sales, not to mention jerseys and other merchandise. But ask the Grizzlies how that plan worked out; Iverson lasted only three games before leaving the team amid complaints about playing time. The Grizzlies wound up shipping 3,000 Iverson jerseys to Tanzania, the birthplace of first-round pick Hasheem Thabeet, instead of handing them out as part of a promotion at a recent game.

Other than signing with the Sixers, playing in Tanzania would seem to be Iverson's best option at this point. Former coaches and teammates (Larry Brown, Carmelo Anthony) have publicly proclaimed that they don't want to see Iverson's career end this way. Yet no team other than the Sixers has stepped forward with legitimate interest since the Knicks decided not to offer Iverson a contract on Nov. 20. Prior to meeting with Iverson, the Sixers discussed the possibility of signing him over the weekend after learning that point guard Lou Williams would miss up to eight weeks with a broken jaw.

There continue to be significant objections among the Sixers' basketball staff to adding Iverson's dominant personality to a rebuilding team that has tried to distance itself from an era that included success and a litany of distractions. Notably absent from the meeting with Iverson was assistant coach Randy Ayers, for whom Iverson once lobbied to become the Sixers' head coach before quickly turning on him and getting him fired. 

Ultimately, Jordan will have to decide if he's willing to sacrifice the offensive system and winning culture he's attempting to instill and instead hitch himself to Iverson's whims, a tactic that did not work out well for many of his predecessors.



 

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Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2009 8:54 pm
 

Sixers meet with Iverson in Dallas (UPDATE)

Iverson is a point guard.....DUUUH!!!! Compare him to Marbury or Michael Adams, not a group of players who play a totally different position. No one is "hating on Iverson". The purpose of my post, it was to point out that the Sixers would be better off, from a purely basketball perspective, not to sign Iverson and to develope their younger players. Also, Carmelo is spelled with a "C". There is no "e"after the "D" in Dwyne's name. Try seeking to understand, before being understood.




Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 12:48 am
 

Sixers meet with Iverson in Dallas (UPDATE)

As a 76er fan and a moderate NBA fan, the sixers have been down for years. Not sure why they fired Cheeks.  Bringing Iverson back would give some hope to a team trying to find something to hope for. Iverson could be a pain and if he is and wants his career to end with more anger and embaressment I would tell him  to be his usual pain self. But if at worst he wanted to reitre a 76er, where his best days were, to at least enjoy the season be a team player and who knows, maybe he does have some basketball left. Wouldn't it be nice to see Iverson, in a positive way, help the 6ers make the playoffs and end his career.



Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2009 12:28 am
 

Sixers meet with Iverson in Dallas (UPDATE)

well said bro!!!  We seen what E. Snow , A. Mackie, G. Lynch, and the rest of them bums did when AI left em, Nothing!!  He made all them players great, play hard, and trip to finals. This cast of players on team now are way better than them. Give Ai all the minutes he wants and he will do the right thing. I really hope this happens.



Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2009 12:12 am
 

Sixers meet with Iverson in Dallas (UPDATE)

I can't beleive all the haters. The Sixers are unwatchable!!! If AI comes back to Philly , he will have a much better cast of players around him than he did in the past. Do you guys forget what AI did for the city, with a special olympics team , A. Mckie, E.Snow,... etc, The Sixers should be thankiing the good Lord that a talented player like AI is available. If he can stay healthy, he can play same role as in the past. Its not like any player on team is demanding ball, so he attempts  25-35 shots a game, so what, would you rather other guys penetrate the  ball and shoot. Cmon !!! AI wants to retire in Philly, he is a warrior, with these guys able to run the floor , I think AI will make them better. Its not like its that hard to be good in the east.

I am a DIEHARD PHILADELPHIA FAN and love basketball.  I will pray this goes down and A.Iverson becomes a Sixer.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2009 11:59 pm
 

Sixers meet with Iverson in Dallas (UPDATE)

Oh and by the way Wiseguy1991...

How can you say this team is "rebuilding" when they just signed Elton Brand to a huge longterm contract a few years ago?  You can't rebuild around that...  HAHAHAHAHA

For being a "Superstar" you sure are pretty retarded!

GOD I HATE PHILLY FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2009 11:52 pm
 

Sixers meet with Iverson in Dallas (UPDATE)

Im with you, good points....



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2009 11:20 pm
 

Sixers meet with Iverson in Dallas (UPDATE)

You guys are all f***ing retarded... First off AI is, was, and always will be the best pound for pound player and the best player 6'0" and under of all time.  He was only a point guard his first few seasons until coaches could see that he was a prolific scorer and needed to be a shooting guard or scoring guard.  Yes when he was young he over reacted like a kid would and went on to talk about coaches and practice in a negative light.  Very wrong on his professional behalf but quit over looking numbers guys!  Why would so many of his ex teammates and coaches, that know the true Allen Iverson, love him and embrace him so much?  From John Thompson and Larry Brown to Aaron Mckie and Carmelo Anthony, any player that played with and knew AI loved him and has nothing bad to say about him.

I think it is paramount that Philadelphia brings back AI.  Not only is he the best player that the franchise have had since Charles Barkley but he loves Philadelphia and lets face it... When it all comes down to it... Philadelphia loves and needs AI.  

Give him the chance to win a championship with a good team!  Let him come back with your depleated team, lead them to a decent season, and let him show other teams he is still capable of grooming young players and scoring 30 points and 5 assists a night again!  If nothing else Philly owes it to him for letting Billy King (the devil) slam his name, ruin his reputation, and run him out of town.

Philly's final answer...

Resign AI. Let him start. Give him the minutes he deserves and can handle. 

Why?

You a$$holes owe it to him for all of the tickets and merchandise he sold...

End of story. 



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:21 pm
 

Sixers meet with Iverson in Dallas (UPDATE)

This is a lose..lose situation.  The Sixer are trying to rebuild..an old selfish AI will not help the cause.



Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:18 pm
 

Sixers meet with Iverson in Dallas (UPDATE)

Cmon man know about what you are writing... Elton Brand CANNOT be traded...Hell, he cant be GIVEN away...He is owed a ton of money and has nothing left for a team to take on his salary... So many people come on here thinking they know what they are talking about and just end up looking stupid.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:10 pm
 

Sixers meet with Iverson in Dallas (UPDATE)

Why in the world would a team take a chance on Iverson? Philly has an other AI already, and Iversons return would in no way help this team. Iverson is one of the most selfish players in the history of the NBA, and he would only hurt the chemistry of the team. Whether they sign Iverson or not, making the playoffs is very doubtful for this team, so why not just go with the players you have for the next 8 weeks? Long term, short term, and logically this is the only way to go. Let Iverson just fade away. Perhaps Europe is the final destination for this disgruntled washed=up human being.



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