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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

Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:31 am

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

i think he would be great on one of those trampoline dunk teams. maybe he could wear one of those all spandex suits. he has a good start with that huge arm band. keep it up A.I, i would trade you for chauncey again any day....blah

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:56 pm

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

I can see it now... the Sixers get rid of Hip-Hop and go with a new mascot...

"The Answer"

AI could be the guy in the costume (a la Will Ferrell as Chaz Michael Michaels all f'd up and drunk with no career)

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:09 pm

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

I think he just wants to get in a practice not a game practice.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:56 pm

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

AI is an aging player who has never been a team player and never will be a team player. What team, besides the Heat, would want a player who's ego is twice as big as his talent and is out to do nothing more than run up personal stats (besides the Heat)?

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:46 pm

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

AI remember practice were talking about practice. I wish I got a free ride to Georgetown Then I would have something to fall back on

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:22 pm

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

cdawg81 - his leaving Georgetown after his freshman year, etc.
Really?  Last I remember he played two years in college.  Maybe you should be sure of the facts before you hold something against someone.  

And you think he's the only player that ever bumped heads with Larry Brown? 

Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:17 pm

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

i dont think its about the money for AI... its the  about his legacy and the regrets in life on/off the court... like many of the past greats (MJ, Barkley, Olajuwon, etc) its tough to stop doing something you are known for and were great at... he wants to correct wrongs and finally do the right things...

AI isnt garbage either, he is a great all around player that wold be an asset to any team... Only behind Wilt and MJ in scoring titles, 17th on All-Time Scoring list, 10th on All-Time Free-throw list, 12th on All-Time Steals list, 37th on All-Time Assist s list, 11 time All-Star and an MVP Award...

im a Lakers fan and i would love to see AI coming off the bench cause we really need guard help.. if he truly is ready to change he could also help groom rookie Darius Morris, along with Fisher, to help his transition to the NBA after only one season at michigan... i dont question his hear and desire to win... he willed the weak 76ers to the finals, by far the worst team ive ever seen in the finals... i know people always point to that "practice" rant but few really even know what he really meant or why he said it... he said what he said because he was releasing  (venting) some of the pressure he was under... and he meant that "professional " players dont need him for them to get better during practice... not that he doesnt need practice to get better... he knows that he wouldnt be a third as good as he was without practice, he even said that himself in an interview with stephen a smith... he also cried when larry brown said such beautiful things about him after coaching him... he is only human and we all make mistakes more times than we would like...

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:15 pm

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

Being the 6th man isn't easy. It requires a lot of study and practice so when you do step onto the court you're already up to pace. Is AI "mentally there" to take up that responsibility is the major question.

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:11 pm

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

It's great to hear Allen Iverson is doing well and is willing to accept whatever role an NBA team may offer him b/c the guy can still play the game of basketball. His past issues are why people don't want to deal with him, but if he gets a chance he better not cause any problems because it will be his last as a member of the NBA. I think he could be a good mentor for young players if he's really willing to do what he says, but will he get the chance?

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 5:41 pm

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

There is no I...verson in TEAM. 

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