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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: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

this guy is a pure loser.  I always cut Iverson slack with his attitude, his high school bowling alley incident, his leaving Georgetown after his freshman year, etc.  However, when you bump heads against Larry Brown (coaching legend, champ in both pro's and college, and overall basketball legend), that's when I had enough of Mr. Iverson.
The Answer was always too big for the game, too big for his team, and too small of a heart to win a championship.
No organization in their right mind would give this gangster a shot to ruin their team from the inside out.
This cat is poison......



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

I'm sure he could sell beer for about any team in the league....of course, especially since he's never done this, he would indeed need to practice..which means, he's done!!!!



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

Not denying his desire and heart when the ball was in his hands. It is a team game, and if your want to win, you do what you can to make the team better. He never got it, and aparently you don't either.

MJ was legendary for practice, drive, and pushing his team mates.  Larry Bird, the same.  Magic Johnson, the same.  AI gefused to get the message.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

I'm sure the Bulls could use someone in the Benny the Bull costume or someone to sell beer.  The only way this guy gets on a court in the NBA is if he gets to shoot a half courter for a promotion.  And, at 36 with old legs, he shouldn't be on the court.  How long before his ego kicks back in and he quits again?  

Maybe a team signs him as a gimmic to sell some tickets after the lockout, but I highly doubt it.
 



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

You mention the practice thing like AI was a lazy player.  There were few before him and none since that would fearlesslessy drive the lane and take punishment like AI did on a nightly basis.  He was 110% effort on a nightly basis.  I'd put AI on a top 10 desire/heart team. 

i don't think AI made the players around him much better, but the players around AI sucked.  He singlehandely willed that team to the finals against the Lakers.

Sad ending for a player who epitomized Philly hustle.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

His rant on practice still resonates. The best bball player in history, Michael Jordan, PRACTICED every day. MJ practiced with a ferocity that is legend among ballers everywhere. MJ's practice and work regimen helped mold Scott Pippen and Horace Grant (and every other Bull from those teams) into winners that would not quit.

Iverson had no desire to practice with the team because he didn't want to play on a team. He took bad shot after bad shot and refused to distribute the ball (or even share it a little on occasion.) What did that get you AI? No rings.

Musicians practice just as athletes practice. They work on their craft, daily, to perfect it. That makes the INDIVIDUAL better. Then they go and practice with their band/ team. That makes the TEAM (or band) better.

This dude just doesn't get it. Never did, probably never will. And he'll probably end up in the hall of fame for being a good scorer.



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

look at how many "team" players eith have or had a lower career assist/game avg than Bubba Chuck... Then look at who he played with... matt geiger, Aaron mckie, Eric Snow. With his talent who do you think should of had the ball?



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

Iverson needs cash flow to maintain his lifestyle. The reality that he is not going to generate that cash flow based on endorsements, or his education, has opened his eyes. He is 36 years old, and the rest of his life is becoming clearer. He wants to get his hands on one last chunk of change. Unfortunately, the opportunity has passed, although he can't see that fact at the moment. Now he is all of a sudden...humble? Now he is suddenly willing to dance for the man? Hopefully, Iverson has been smart with his money, because whatever he has now, is going to have to last him a long time.



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

A.I. may have been the best one-on-one ball player in histrory.  But basketball is a team game.  He NEVER got the message. 



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

anyway, so would he finally accept that he has to practice and needs to be on the bench?? honestly, that's what he should've accepted years ago, it seems too late now.


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