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Predictable end to Iverson's Philly return

Posted on: March 2, 2010 10:16 am
Edited on: March 2, 2010 10:47 am
As much as I enjoyed Act I of Allen Iverson's career in Philadelphia, Act II never seemed like a good idea. Now, under much different circumstances than the ones that marked A.I.'s first tour in Philly, he's done in the city he owned for so long.

Done for good? That remains to be seen.

The Sixers confirmed Tuesday what has seemed obvious since the All-Star break -- that Iverson's return to Philadelphia is over. Unable to be around the team consistently while he tends to his ill daughter, Iverson and the Sixers are parting ways under amicable terms.

Team president Ed Stefanski had set a deadline of this week for Iverson to determine whether he'd be able to return to the team for good. Things never progressed to that point after the team granted Iverson an indefinite leave of absence after the All-Star break.

Two book-keeping matters related to A.I.'s season being over: He isn't being released, so there's no significance to this event happening after the March 1 deadline by which players must be released in order to be playoff-eligible for another team. (Since Iverson isn't able to play for the Sixers due to what's going on in his life, he wouldn't be able to play for anyone else, either). Also, Iverson gets paid for the whole season, because his one-year contract for the prorated veteran's minimum of $1.3 million became guaranteed on Jan. 10.

As is usually the case with Iverson, his situation is more complex than he or the team has admitted. While it would be in poor taste to criticize Iverson given the undisclosed health issues his daughter is experiencing, Iverson needlessly put himself in the crosshairs of criticism by co-promoting a club party with Jermaine Dupri on Feb. 27 in Charlotte. The promotional poster is here, complete with many dubious tweets confirming Iverson's appearance at the party. 

What does all of this mean for Iverson's future? It's foolish to even guess. But given that Iverson already has "retired" once this season, and given that his last three employment arrangements have ended badly, it's hard to imagine another team taking a chance on him next season, when he'll be 35.

Hard to imagine, but not impossible. Iverson was able to charm the Grizzlies and Sixers, so it's wise not to underestimate his ability to unleash his powers of persuasion on another NBA owner this summer.

If, on the other hand, there's no market for a 35-year-old scoring guard with arthritis and a series of bad breakups in his wake, that'll be too bad. If this is the end for Iverson, it's a sad, unfulfilling way for him to go out.

There was never a player even remotely like him, and it's safe to say there never will be.

One more thing, on a nostalgic note. Iverson, one of the most important sports figures in Philadelphia history, goes out on a very significant day. One year ago, I promised to acknowledge the anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game every year in this blog on March 2. And here we are on March 2 -- pausing to remember Wilt's historic night in Hershey, Pa., in 1962 and saying good-bye another member of Philly's basketball Mount Rushmore.

In some ways, Iverson was a giant. In other ways, he fell short of what he could have been. But one thing you can't take away from him: He made sure everybody knew he was here.



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2010 3:42 pm

Predictable end to Iverson's Philly return

I dont see a connection between going out to a party one night and taking the whole season off. There is a huge difference between going out to a party one weekend and being away for 4 months playing basketball. If anyone has been in a situation where you have been taking care of someone with prolonged illness it gets to you. Some times its good to get away for a day. I know when I was taking care of my grandma I did nothing but tend to her for 7 months straight and it wore me down mentally and physically to where i was a mess. My aunt saw how I was and made me leave for a couple days and go enjoy myself. I came back the next week refreshed and in better spirits, raising her mood along the way. Im just saying dont assume he took the season off to party, using his daughter as an excuse because there is no way possible that this is the case

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2010 3:35 pm

Predictable end to Iverson's Philly return

Wow...Let the guy be. This is one of the more useless articles on CBS and there are plenty...give it a rest pal.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2010 1:44 pm

Predictable end to Iverson's Philly return

Let's not get too crazy on Berger or anyone else for having the nerve to question such a stand-up guy like AI! If this were Tim Duncan or Grant Hill saying they were taking the year off due to a sick child, nobody questions it for a second. But sorry, AI made his bed (many times) and now has to lay in it. He was a punk in Memphis. He ditches out to be with his sick daughter, but he's out club hopping. Drinking and gambling in Detroit too...old habits aren't broken that easily. Normally I wouldn't question someone's motives, but A.I's diva act speaks for itself.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2010 11:05 am


While in Detroit is was no secret that AI was drinking and gambling late every night at the Detroir Casinos..maybe he needs alcohol rehab.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2010 1:44 am

Predictable end to Iverson's Philly return

kid is so sick he leaves to go party in charlotte?  not exactly the caring fatherly move there is it?  if you cant go to your job because of your sick child you sure as you know what should not be traveling out of state to help co-host an event party

Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2010 10:35 pm
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Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2010 10:10 pm

Predictable end to Iverson's Philly return

Umm. If my kid was sick, I'd be by her bedside every night praying that she got better and supporting her any way that I could, NOT out partying with Dupri and his posse down in Charlotte....Just a thought....

Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2010 8:51 pm
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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2010 8:27 pm

Predictable end to Iverson's Philly return

AI Act 2 in Philly wasn't a bad show. If your expectations were what AI Act 1 around the turn of the century, then that's tough for you. Two different teams, the Sixers were a young and hard working team in Act 1. They are older and still work hard in Act 2. But let's face it, the 76ers of Act 1 outrebounded other teams, they shot average to poor and would get 2nd, 3rd, even 4th chance points with their hustle. AI was better, but a lot of that percentage was the same fast break layup he consistently made. Amazing he could knife thru the tallest of the NBA and score with the shot, but it's hard to guard it when he's gotten that step or created a little more hang time and altered the shot to softly bank off the glass. Then there was coaching. Larry Brown could get the rest of the cast to work harder, the current coach, he's trying to get that out of older and more established players. Just different team style & chemistry.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2010 7:58 pm

Predictable end to Iverson's Philly return

I will guarantee he will be at a craps table soon lol

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