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Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:21 pm
 
 Iverson wants to make an NBA comeback, but it might have to start in Puerto Rico. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

For some guys, it's just harder to let go than others.

Allen Iverson had a failed comeback in the NBA last season and then a failed stint in Turkey. Common sense might say it's time to just hang it up, but Iverson is potentially looking at another comeback. This one coming in the Puerto Rican professional basketball league. Via Yahoo! Sports:

Allen Iverson and Puerto Rico’s professional basketball league are engaged in exploratory talks about a possible deal for the 11-time NBA All-Star, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Iverson’s business manger Gary Moore has talked with Puerto Rico officials, and the league’s teams are discussing a bidding process to woo Iverson.

The Puerto Rican league, which starts its 30-game season in March, pays its stars about $20,000 a month, plus living expenses, sources said. The league’s commissioner is selling Iverson on the chance to work his way back to a possible return to the NBA.

By the sound of the report, it's more than the Puerto Rican league is pursuing Iverson and less than Iverson is pursuing them. Obviously Iverson would be a bigger draw than any player currently in the league and a much-needed boost in selling tickets.

It's not a place totally devoid of NBA talent though. This season Rashad McCants and Ike Diogu are both spending the 2012 season there. Puerto Rico has a better basketball tradition than you think, putting out good NBA players like Carlos Arroyo, Renaldo Balkman and J.J. Barea.

The report says Iverson's representatives reached out to NBA teams this season about interest in signing The Answer, but the response wasn't met with much enthusiasm. Iverson hasn't played in the NBA since 2010 when he was released by the Grizzlies and failed making an impact in returning to Philadelphia. After that, he tried to play in Turkey but an injury (and possibly other issues) brought him home early.

Iverson, 36, is hoping for a comeback and working out for one. But if it's going to happen, he's going to have to prove he's capable of playing. In October, Iverson told Yahoo! that he'd "play for anybody." That anybody might have to be in Puerto Rico though.
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Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:29 pm
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

He is broke and it's the only way he can make a dime... Have you ever heard him speak? There will be no commentator jobs in his future, having a posse is really expensive I guess.



Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:05 pm
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

Would this loser just retire already.  What is he, the Brett Favre of the NBA.  No wait, he would have to be good first.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:02 pm
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

You gotta love "The Answer" and I hope he stays around the NBA.  If nothing else maybe he can contribute from the coaching side of the game.  I got a smile just seeing his name again.  Sure, I could bash the guy but thats been done ten times over so all the best A.I..



Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:31 pm
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

@ Kubb Fan
He's not doing this for the love of the game, he's broke. He just had to settle on a bunch of outstanding debts he had. This is the same thing as when Antoine Walker wanted to return to playing basketball after he retired.




Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

Of course he wants to make an NBA comeback.  Most all of them do.  Not easy giving up the money, adulation and groupies.  Probably in that order, but not guaranteed.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:31 pm
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

This Loser is so desperate, he might even agree to participate in practice.  "Practice?  Practice?  We talkin' bout practice?''  LOSER!!!



Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:55 pm
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

it's sad really.  this is what happens when an nba player is all about the stats.  they join the iversons, francis' and marbury's of the league, forever known for their selfishness.  AI would have been an amazing 6th man to a team if he'd only accept the fact that he just wasn't the player he used to be.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:53 pm
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

he made a lot of money withhis basketball talent. he had a lot of fun playing all those years. i dont blame im for wanting to play the game he loves and was so good at.



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:04 pm
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

He probably thinks Puerto Rico is in Mexico.


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