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Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:38 am
 
By Matt Moore

Pride goeth after the fall, apparently, and after the Answer, as it turns out. Two years ago, Allen Iverson signed on with the Memphis Grizzlies for less than a month before his ego and attitude got him booted. The Grizzlies went on to have one of their better seasons in franchise history, setting up this year's playoff run. Iverson, on the other hand, went to Turkey the following year, but again, wound up pulling out after personal problems derailed him. He suffered through a severe illness with his daughter, and also started the process of divorcing his wife. 

So, no, it has not been a great couple of years for A.I..

But Iverson's back in the states, putting together an All-Star exhibition in Las Vegas, and as part of its promotion, he's also talking about how he wants back in the league. He spoke with Yahoo! Sports and wanted to let the world know that he's past the point of thinking he deserves anything. He just wants a spot, any spot, with any team.
“I’ll play for anybody,” Iverson told Yahoo! Sports.

Iverson says he has no serious offers from any teams overseas right now. He added that playing overseas also gave him a stronger appreciation for the NBA since it took him away from his family and “the highest level [of basketball] in the world.” He also says he’ll be willing to come off the bench and a reserve role even “makes it easier for me.”

“Obviously, they might have some issues thinking I don’t want to help a team in a certain capacity,” Iverson said. “But that’s over with. All that was going on through an emotional time. It cost me to not play. I’m just willing to help any squad in any capacity.

“Hopefully, one squad will believe in me and we will go from there. That would be a lot better than having to go overseas.”
via Iverson wants last shot at NBA - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

Iverson's 36. He's not a distributor. It's hard to see where he would fit in with a team concept. Due to his size and age, even a team like the Celtics would be reticent to invest in him. It's going to be difficult finding a team willing to take a chance on him. It would be great if he were to get that shot, though, if only to put anything close to a better ending on such a storied career. The interview also has Iverson talking about "not being there, mentally" the last few years, but the problem is convincing teams those times are over. That kind of element is a black mark on a scouting report.

We'll see if the Answer can get the one he's looking for.  
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 4:18 am
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

Come to the MAvs, we make old washed -up basketball players into superstars and J kidd is on his last leg, C'mon over baby an get a rangggg..



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:05 am
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

I wonder if he misses throwing his wife outside naked on X-mas, at least that is checked of his bucket list....



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:04 am
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

hahahahahahhahaa he is the reason I stopped watching my Sixers, this guy is a maniac and has nothing left in the tank or upstairs or in chest....



Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

AI is a future Hall of Famer.  And he's one of my favorite players of all time.  But he's not able to contribute in the NBA any longer.  Undersized in height and weight, AI got over on both heart and a great first step.  I'm sure he still has the heart.  But the burst is long gone.  He's not a distributor and he's not a pure shooter on the perimeter.  Would love to see AI on TNT with Charles and Shaq. 



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

The Hornet's are in need of players, AI is old, but I think CP3 can make him into a decent SG. With out west, we need somebody who is willing to take the tough shot..



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

A.I. "I want back in the NBA." Translation..."I miss poppin' Cristal bottles wit my boys in VIP while lookin' at the tricks go up and down on tha pole at tha club. I miss smokin' blunts wit the 'hood honeys at 2 in tha mornin' while they rubbin' on my basketballs in tha limo. I miss all the kidz in America kissin' my azz when I showed up at the arena and they would have that #3 jersey on. I miss ALL that!! I still don't miss practice, though. HOOD 4 LIFE BABY!!"
I think someone has been watching a little too much BET this week. I'm going to call your Mother and get her to take away your 50 Cent albums.

In reality, if he wanted to live that way..he still could, lol...He's made enough money. I think he would like to genuinely play the game, and if he could get off his high horse...and played a role on a team, instead of being the team..It would be great to see. Throw him on a team in a back up / limited position with some other veterans on the team, like say a Boston Celtics team..and he wouldn't get out of line.

I know a lot of people hate on A.I. but I remember the fearless guy going to the rack play after play, getting knocked on his butt and doing it over and over again.  



Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

A.I. "I want back in the NBA." Translation..."I miss poppin' Cristal bottles wit my boys in VIP while lookin' at the tricks go up and down on tha pole at tha club. I miss smokin' blunts wit the 'hood honeys at 2 in tha mornin' while they rubbin' on my basketballs in tha limo. I miss all the kidz in America kissin' my azz when I showed up at the arena and they would have that #3 jersey on. I miss ALL that!! I still don't miss practice, though. HOOD 4 LIFE BABY!!"



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

GO TO THE HEAT AND GET A CHAMPIONSHIP!! CHALMERS IS A BUM.... lol




Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:26 am
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

The main reasons AI is out of the league are lack of maturity and ego. He SAYS he is willing to do anything. Then when he gets there he wants it to be like the old days when he was a star. Learn from Tim Duncan: you age, your role diminishes but you can still be effective. You age gracefully and you can have a long career. You continue with the arrogance and attitide you could get away with when you were a superstar and no one wants you after you lose a few steps.

AI has burned many bridges through his career: his famous reference to practice not being important, more recently being poisonous on teams that gave him a chance. He is also hurt by his shoot first style: you need to adjust to more of a passing/ supportive role as you age; AI tries this a bit then wants to return to old habits.

Any team bringing him back will be making a mistake. They will lose a young talent to make room for him and two years from now will have nothing to show for it.



Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:39 am
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

I totally agree. he can help the lakers guard position and help the young guys if nothng else understand the game. anyone who has not made a mistake please raise your hand?????? i say he sounds like he has the right frame of mind now. he admits now that coming off the bench is a role that is important to a team and that he's ready to take it on. put him in a lakers uniform now...he'll make it 78 wins now instead of 75......well that is if there is a season.......lol


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