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Allen Iverson: The Answer is Retirement

Posted on: November 25, 2009 11:33 pm
 
Sad to see The Answer hang up his sneakers. I don't want to insult anyone's intelligence or call anyone an stupid, but if you don't think Allen Iverson deserves to be in the HoF you need a serious mental evaluation and should consider checking yourself into a psychiatric hospital.

The guy gave us the greatest crossover of all time and broke countless ankles. He is one of the greatest scorers in NBA history: he is tied for 4th all time in points per game with 27.0 ppg (tied for 5th if you count LeBron James, but I don't) and 17th all time in total points. He's ahead of guys in scoring like Charles Barkley, Elgin Baylor, Adrian Dantley, Clyde Drexler, and even Larry Bird. Explain to me how those guys deserve to be in over him (except for Bird, Baylor, and Drexler; but how does Barkley and Dantley deserve to be in?). And I don't see how you can say he's only a scorer? The guy has a career average of 6.2 assists per game and has proven to be a very good passer. Yes, he takes a lot of shots but when you're one of the greatest scorers of all time then I think you should take a lot of shots. And if you know you're history well, I'd like to see you show me someone on those 76ers teams in AI's prime that should have got more shots because they could score good and be worth taking points from AI. He can penetrate the lane just as well as LeBron can now and he's about 8-9 in. shorter and almost 100 pounds lighter. He was able to draw a lot of contact and get a lot of FT opportunities which he knocked down at a good percentage.

And what about his ability on defense? Yes, I just said defense. No, a 6 foot guard is not going to be able to defend 6'6" and 6'8" guards but he could defend other PGs his size very well. And he was an excellenct ball hawk which got his teams a lot of easy points in transition. He is 7th all time steals per game average with 2.2 spg and 12th all time in total steals. He has a better steals per game average than John Stockton and Maurice Cheeks, both whom are seen as two all time great defensive PGs. Then you throw in the fact that he was a warrior and could play just about the entire game every game all year long. He has a career average of 41.4 minutes per game (4th all time), and has played through countless different injuries and has been banged up on many occasions while still playing big minutes in games.

Plain and simple facts are AI is one of the greatest scorers the NBA has ever seen in it's entire history. Pound for pound, he is the most athletic player of all time. Pound for pound, he is one of the greatest players we've ever seen play the game. He could play 5 on 1 and still win and make it all the the NBA Finals in 2001. You can't blame him for being a ball hog when he became one out of necessity when playing for those horrible 76ers teams. And then later in his career with the Nuggets and Pistons, it's hard to ask him to change at 30+ years of age; I'm sure the old saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" really applies here. Regardless of whether he needed the ball in his hands alot or not, so did all the great scorers. Did MJ, Wilt, Kareem, West, etc. not have the ball in their hands for most of the game when they were in their prime and scoring a ton? It's just an excuse to hate on AI because you don't like him because he could beat your team all by himself.

Allen Iverson is my 2nd favorite player of all time behind Ben Wallace, and unless the HoF voters are a bunch of haters then there should be no question this guy gets into the HoF and is a Top 50 NBA player of all time.
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Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2010 12:03 pm
 

Allen Iverson: The Answer is Retirement

Good stuff haphar! Right on the money!



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2010 12:01 pm
 

Allen Iverson: The Answer is Retirement

Lee, a cancer you say? A cancer? A loser? Hahahhahaha The T.O of the NBA? Where were you during the 2001 NBA season when he took Aaron McKie, Rodney Buford, Tyrone Hill, Matt Geiger, Eric Snow, Toni Kukoc, George Lynch, Todd McCullack, and a 100 year old Dikembe Mutumbo to the NBA finals against Shack and Kobe in their prime?????? AI was the glue of that team. The heart and soul of Philly. To sit there and call him a cancer? I know you are from the sticks some where that you never watched the man play. 6' nothing he was. Drove the lane like Charles Barkley for gods' sake. A beast driving the lane. Played with more injurys than today's player can imagine. AND THROUGH ALL THAT HE KEPT IT REAL! And THE ANSWER did it night in, night out. Down by 20 or up by 20. His best scoring options to pass the ball to EVER was Larry stinking Hughes! So please, LEE, go back to watching lumberjack competitions on the Outdoor Network! 



Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2009 9:16 am
 

Allen Iverson: The Answer is Retirement

Charles Barkley is one of the greatest rebounders of all time, averaging over 12 rebounds a game during his career.  I understand that he is 12th in scoring all time, but give some credit to one of porfessional basketball's biggest stars.  Yes A.I is HoF bound, but you shouldn't be dissing on some of the greatest players of all time!  I get that you are trying to make a point about how A.I deserves to be inducted (Which EVERYONE knows), but COME ON! And Allen Iverson is one of the greatest stealers of all time which I gave the stats and proof for above. And I wasn't trying to down play any of those guys, just prove that if you don't think AI is good enough then you must not think they are good enough either. It's called reading comprehension buddy; I don't think you were able to grasp that though.
And yes idiot it is hard to score without the ball in your hands! Tell that to the people who say he's only scored alot because he shot a lot. If I'm an idiot, I wonder what that makes them?

If he is even a decent athlete, he should be able to adjust in different situations, even if it is after his prime.  Legends are able to overcome obstacles, and excel in all conditions, so please don't worship A>I, then continue rambling hipocritaclly. I don't think you've every played basketball, so I wouldn't expect you to understand this one. No other "legend" in NBA history was asked to change their game entirely and excelled at it. Was Bill Russell ever asked to turn into the team's top scorer instead of their defender and rebounder? Was Michael Jordan asked to start being the point guard and passing more instead of shooting so much? Was Stockton asked to become a scorer instead of passing it so much? Was Wilt asked to start shooting 3's instead of dunking on people down low? The point is, you can't change your game entire after you've spent 10+ years in the league playing your game a certain way. No one else has ever doen that regardless of changing teams or staying on the same team. When you play a role for that long, that's the only role you're going to be able to play successfully.

Basketball is a TEAM sport, and that requires TEAMMATES! Unless he is playing against a grade school travel team, never mind professional NBA athletes, then he will not achieve victory entirely by himself. Hehe, I guess you missed that one too. That was exactly my point; if AI had a real team around him he would have had tons more success and given a lot more credit. He was so good though, he didn't need a team, he could beat teams all by himself. And if you still can't grasp that concept either, I guess you should take Hooked on Phonics or something.

I have nothing against Allen Iverson, and personally believe that he is one of the NBA's greatest.  However, there is no need to pray to the man and worship him like a 14 year old girl.  "Allen Iverson is 2nd favorite player of all time" Seriously? Are you ten? Besides ,how does this relate to him being "hated on" and trying to convince others why he deserves to be in the hall of fame?

GROW UP!
Wow, so you agree with me but you're arguing with me because you think I worship AI? I don't know what you have interpreted from this site, but this is where we talk about sports and the players. When people are arguing in favor of a player they like, they give facts and proof of why they think he is good (as I was), and they do just the opposite if they don't like them and think they suck. So if you think I'm worshipping AI, then I guess this entire site worships players and we all should just start our own new religion just to piss you off.


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Since: Apr 20, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2009 8:39 am
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Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2009 9:01 pm
 

Allen Iverson: The Answer is Retirement

What are you smoking?  "...but how does Barkley and Dantley deserve to be in?" Charles Barkley is one of the greatest rebounders of all time, averaging over 12 rebounds a game during his career.  I understand that he is 12th in scoring all time, but give some credit to one of porfessional basketball's biggest stars.  Yes A.I is HoF bound, but you shouldn't be dissing on some of the greatest players of all time!  I get that you are trying to make a point about how A.I deserves to be inducted (Which EVERYONE knows), but COME ON! 


"did MJ, Wilt, Kareem, West, etc. not have the ball in their hands for most of the game when they were in their prime and scoring a ton" And yes idiot it is hard to score without the ball in your hands!


"it's hard to ask him to change at 30+ years of age" If he is even a decent athlete, he should be able to adjust in different situations, even if it is after his prime.  Legends are able to overcome obstacles, and excel in all conditions, so please don't worship A>I, then continue rambling hipocritaclly.


"He could play 5 on 1 and still win and make it all the the NBA Finals in 2001" Seriously? Basketball is a TEAM sport, and that requires TEAMMATES! Unless he is playing against a grade school travel team, never mind professional NBA athletes, then he will not achieve victory entirely by himself.


I have nothing against Allen Iverson, and personally believe that he is one of the NBA's greatest.  However, there is no need to pray to the man and worship him like a 14 year old girl.  "Allen Iverson is my 2nd favorite player of all time" Seriously? Are you ten? Besides ,how does this relate to him being "hated on" and trying to convince others why he deserves to be in the hall of fame?

GROW UP!




Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2009 9:28 am
 

Allen Iverson: The Answer is Retirement

AI is the only player who filled the arena in Philly. Wilt, Dr J, and Charles never did. He was enormously popular in Philadelphia where the fans saw him sacrifice his body every night. The people who weren't there are the ones who badmouth him. With Williams out, the 76ers should bring him back.



Since: Sep 19, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2009 11:44 am
 

Allen Iverson: The Answer is Retirement

I think I see a pattern here...

"Allen Iverson is my 2nd favorite player of all time behind , and unless the HoF voters are a bunch of haters then there should be no question this guy gets into the HoF and is a Top 50 NBA player of all time."

He was a good basketball player and probably will be voted into the Hall of Fame.  His off court antics might not help his chances...?  
What would the 76ers vote be?  How about Larry Brown's opinion?


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