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Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 4:51 pm
Posted by Royce Young

When Allen Iverson signed to play in Turkey last year, I think most people felt like me. Not like this, Allen. Don't finish like this. It was reality, though. Iverson's last couple of stints in the NBA fizzled out with a reunion in Philadelphia not working and a short stay in Memphis.

And when a calf injury cut his time short in Turkey, it appeared that the great basketball career of Allen Iverson would end with a whimper.

But in an interview with SLAM, Iverson said he hopes to get one more shot in the NBA.

"I want to finish my career out in the NBA, if that's possible," Iverson said. "And that's in any capacity. I did a lot of things, I made a lot of mistakes as far as my actions and things that I've said, and I think that was the reason for me not being in the NBA. My whole thing now in trying to get back is letting any organization know that I'm willing to play any part that they want me to play."

Iverson is 36 but says he's fully healed from the injury that caused him to miss most of last season in Europe. He went to Europe largely because he couldn't find an NBA team that wanted him -- and, more specifically, wanted him in the role that he wanted to play.

That's why the last part of what Iverson said is important. He's acknowledging that he'll play any role for any team. Now, knowing Allen Iverson, is that really true? Can he really be OK with playing the 10th man in a rotation and seeing maybe four or five minutes in a game? If he's serious about an NBA comeback, that's reality for him. Because like so many other players that have played deep into their 30s, he's going to have to re-invent himself as a player in order to extend his career.

It's probably unlikely that Iverson makes his way back to the NBA. But I'm sure he saw the way Shaq retired and how much attention was poured out there. Iverson likely wants a similar reception. Instead, he kind of became forgotten because of the way his career just sort of fizzled. Is there a fit out there for him? Obviously a team looking to draw some interest could give him a call, but I'm not sure there's a big demand for an aging, undersized guard who made a living in the NBA because he was quicker than everyone.

So it might be tough for The Answer to find an answer. But the fact that he's giving it a shot is at least admirable.

Category: NBA

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:01 pm

Look Ma! I Changed the Title of My Comment!

Iverson was THE MAN at one point in his NBA career. After sitting him down to make sure he's serious about being a good teammate and his new ability to swallow his pride, I'd sign him. We all make mistakes. Let Iverson show everyone that he's moved on. Forgive the man.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:43 pm

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

AI's my dude, but I don't see anyone taking a chance on signing him on a NBA team. His last few NBA stints diddn't work out at all because of his pride as far as not being "the main man" anymore. It's too late for AI to re-invent himself because I fee that he's set in his ways. It would have been nice if he could have ended his career when he was re-joined the Sixers for a second time.Frown

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:22 pm

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

Before there was Derek Rose, there was Allen Iverson -- and he helped redefine the point guard position.

Iverson's MVP 2000-2001 season was one for the books; he single-handedly carried the Sixers on his back into the finals. And if AI had $100 for every time his body hit the court, he wouldn't have needed to extend his career so long. 

Iverson certainly made his fair share of mistakes during his career but on the court, he was an absolute warrior. Philadelphia should sign him to a 7-day contract and let the Philly fans salute him one last time. I think he deserves it.

Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:59 pm

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

First let me state for the record this is my first time ever responding to anything on any sports website anywhere. Second I am a huge basketball fan. I love the game for what the game is entertain, sport, and athletics. I dont things its the answer to how to save the world. Lastly I am not a huge fan of Iverson the current version. I was a huge fan of iverson the original version for what he did on the court not off it. 

Having said that I would had to take the time out to put this in terms that everyone should be able to relate to. At the age of 22 I made bad desicions. 25 made better desicions but still made some mistakes. As I matured so did my descion making. As Iverson is in his 30's and has matured with time I think if he can play at a NBA level he should be allowed to come back. I think he can be productive off the bench for 10-16 minutes a game playing a little combo point - shooting guard.

The perfect fit??? Miami. After the Heat win the championship this year and prepare for the grind of next year I think Allen Iverson fits in well with backing up a Mario Chalmers. Mike Bibby may stay or he may go. One thing he has shown in the playoffs is that he is too slow to guard any quick guard in the league. Iverson even slowing down is quick enough to guard a JJ Barea or a Rondo for short periodws of time.

Can he draw fouls? Yes. Can he give you 6-12 points with the occasional outburst of 20? Yes. Can he give the starting point a good productive breather for 12-16 minutes a game? Yes.  

Think about this as a backup lineup. All are relatively cheap and replace expiring contracts:

Point Guard- Iverson ( MIL or less)
Shooting Guard- Chris Douglas-Roberts and Iverson (Mil or less)
Small Forward- Miller (signed)
Power Forward- Haslem (signed)
Center- DeAndre Jordan, Theo Ratliff,  Jeff Foster or Shaq ( Big Z, Nazr, and Maglorie all have to go. Have to get more athletic and all are cheaper. Foster is a good shooter.) 

This will make the claims of multiple champsionships much more believeable.

SFC Threats Out.


Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:52 pm

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

Fav modern day players for me.  Come to Miami and collect your ring AI...

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:45 pm

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

I suppose looking back over your career and seeing what others have seen all along is a lot better now. When Allen was screwing up I am sure he told many of his teammates and friends to F**k them I am the man, I could care less. They can kiss my A$$.

I vividly remember his practice tirade on TV which is now required watching in You Tube for every player having a mental break down and don’t want to be captured by the media having t his break down.

He is not trying to convince a NBA team that  he has changed his role and would accept any role or position on a team they would offer. Now this would benefit him. Seems like the same ole same ole to me.

I would wonder if he would be willing to take a reserve role behind the young team from Oklahoma, where all the players at one time would watch him play. He has more experience in the NBA than the entire team.

The age ole saying might be appropriate here karma is a monster and could be a monkey on your back as most all remember you and your sayings to include how you handled certain situations.

Would one team now want to take a chance, with a potential cancer in the locker room?


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