Tag:Allen Iverson
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 4:51 pm

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

Posted by Royce Young

When Allen Iverson signed to play in Turkey last year, I think most people felt like me. Not like this, Allen. Don't finish like this. It was reality, though. Iverson's last couple of stints in the NBA fizzled out with a reunion in Philadelphia not working and a short stay in Memphis.

And when a calf injury cut his time short in Turkey, it appeared that the great basketball career of Allen Iverson would end with a whimper.

But in an interview with SLAM, Iverson said he hopes to get one more shot in the NBA.

"I want to finish my career out in the NBA, if that's possible," Iverson said. "And that's in any capacity. I did a lot of things, I made a lot of mistakes as far as my actions and things that I've said, and I think that was the reason for me not being in the NBA. My whole thing now in trying to get back is letting any organization know that I'm willing to play any part that they want me to play."

Iverson is 36 but says he's fully healed from the injury that caused him to miss most of last season in Europe. He went to Europe largely because he couldn't find an NBA team that wanted him -- and, more specifically, wanted him in the role that he wanted to play.

That's why the last part of what Iverson said is important. He's acknowledging that he'll play any role for any team. Now, knowing Allen Iverson, is that really true? Can he really be OK with playing the 10th man in a rotation and seeing maybe four or five minutes in a game? If he's serious about an NBA comeback, that's reality for him. Because like so many other players that have played deep into their 30s, he's going to have to re-invent himself as a player in order to extend his career.

It's probably unlikely that Iverson makes his way back to the NBA. But I'm sure he saw the way Shaq retired and how much attention was poured out there. Iverson likely wants a similar reception. Instead, he kind of became forgotten because of the way his career just sort of fizzled. Is there a fit out there for him? Obviously a team looking to draw some interest could give him a call, but I'm not sure there's a big demand for an aging, undersized guard who made a living in the NBA because he was quicker than everyone.

So it might be tough for The Answer to find an answer. But the fact that he's giving it a shot is at least admirable.

Category: NBA
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:26 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 11:33 pm

Chris Paul crosses up Kobe Bryant video

New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul hit Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant with a mean crossover during Game 4 of their Western Conference playoff series. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Just before halftime of Game 4 between the New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Lakers, Hornets point guard Chris Paul added Lakers guard Kobe Bryant to his crossover victims list, nailing him with a vicious left-to-right cross at the top of the key before getting to the basket to finish an uncontested lay-up. 

Paul methodically dribbled near the three-point line, setting Bryant up with a behind-the-back dribble from his right to the left. As Bryant leaned in, Paul unleashed the beast, crossing back over to his strong hand and leaving Bryant in cement shoes. A few power steps and Paul was near the rim, where he kissed in the lay-up as he crashed into the baseline crowd.

Here's a look at the video.

The obvious comparison is Allen Iverson's immortal crossover of Michael Jordan, in which he set it up with a similar back-and-forth rocking motion. Bryant was left grasping at air just like Jordan was, although Iverson settled for hitting a pull-up jumper rather than attacking the basket. 

In case you haven't watched an NBA game in the last 15 years, here's video of Iverson working Jordan courtesy of YouTube user vanessama.

Iverson's cross is seen as a stepping stone in Jordan's aging process and the heralding of a new generation of players. Paul's doesn't carry that kind of weight. Bryant is still near the top of his game, and the Lakers remain atop of the NBA. 

Still, sick.
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:47 pm

Allen Iverson cursed out cops during traffic stop

Former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson reportedly went on a profane tirade against police officers during a car stop. Posted by Ben Golliver. allen-iverson

The saga of former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson has taken another turn. Last week, Iverson was a passenger when a Lamborghini that he owns that was pulled over by police in Georgia for a traffic violation. 

In short order, CNN.com reports, Iverson went on a profanity-laced tirade, implying that police officers were out to get him and dropping the one line you can never, ever say to law enforcement and hope to get away: "Do you know who I am?"
Iverson became "irate," according to the police report, saying, "I'm the (expletive) passenger." The officer radioed for backup, and a second unit arrived, according to the report. Clisby and Iverson were asked to exit the vehicle, while Iverson continued to curse at the officer, the report said. 
"Take the vehicle, I have 10 more," Iverson said, according to the report. "Police don't have anything else (expletive) to do except (expletive) with me." He then asked, "Do you know who I am?"
The officer wrote in his report that "For the next 20 minutes, Mr. Iverson went on and on about who he was. I stated to Mr. Iverson, 'It really doesn't matter who you are. You tried to conceal your vehicle with a fake drive-out tag due to you not paying for your tags.' "
Iverson then said, "I make more money than you will in 10 years," according to the report.
Iverson signed a two-year contract with Turkish club Besiktas in the fall but was sidelined by a calf injury that required treatment and recovery here in the United States. Roughly two weeks ago, reports surfaced that Iverson would be returning to Besiktas shortly to join the club for their playoff run.

There's not much to take from this situation except that it's sad on a number of levels. Sad that Iverson feels targeted. Sad that he wasn't able to control his temper and comport himself more respectfully. Sad that police officers have to deal with abusive behavior on a daily basis. Sad that Iverson isn't in a jersey somewhere doing what he loves: hooping. 

This year hasn't been a good one for Iverson. Rumors of his financial difficulties and drinking problems. The boomerang trip to Turkey. The injury. Supposedly his health is back. Let's hope that once his body gets right his life falls back into place. If only it was that simple.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 18, 2011 3:33 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2011 3:34 pm

Allen Iverson to return to Besiktas of Turkey?

Allen Iverson is expected to receive medical clearance so that he can continue his career with Turkish club Besiktas. Posted by Ben Golliver. allen-iverson

When we last heard from former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson back in February, noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews said Iverson needed to spend 6-8 weeks resting his leg as he recovered from a calcium deposit in his calf. 

Six weeks have passed and ESPN.com reports Friday that Iverson "expects to receive medical clearance on Monday" so that he can make a return to the Turkish team, Besiktas, that he signed a multi-year contract with last fall. Iverson's business manager, Gary Moore, is quoted as saying Iverson is raring to go pending doctor's approval.
"He's going to start rigorous training as soon as he has clearance," Moore said. "He's determined to get back to playing."
"He's ready to go back," Moore said. "He just needs the word from Dr. Andrews."
Iverson's brief stint this fall and winter produced some amazing footage. After agreeing to sign with the team in October, he was mobbed at the airport and cheered at a soccer stadium. There were also rumors that he was set to retire and that he was broke.

When the extent of the injury was finally confirmed, Iverson's manager made it clear that Iverson, 35, wanted to continue his playing career as he remains under contract with Besiktas through next season. One of the league's most tenacious players and a lock to make the Hall of Fame, we probably shouldn't have expected anything less.

Iverson averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 assists in 31.4 minutes for Besiktas in seven Turkish league games before his injury.
Category: NBA
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:02 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:08 pm

All-Star Debate: How much does legacy matter?

How much should legacy or prior career achievements factor into a player's All-Star selection? Our NBA crew debates that question. Posted by Ben Golliver.

All-Star reserves will be announced on Thursday, and par for the course, the coaches have some tough decisions. We'll be debating the merits of each choice the coaches will have to make. These debates don't necessarily reflect the actual opinions of the writers. Think of it as opposition research, only if we opposed everyone. Our third debate? How much does a player's legacy influence his potential selection and how much should legacy influence the selections? Should guys get in on past accomplishments or should the coaches reward the younger guns?

Legacy isn't that big of a deal, and that's a good thing

by Royce Young

The All-Star Game rewards players for having fantastic individual seasons. For having excellent statistics and playing terrific basketball. I think players like Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal have indeed earned something over their careers. They've worked their way into immediate Hall of Fame induction and greatest ever discussions. So in a game that awards that sort of excellence, a player's legacy certainly has something to do with it. If nothing else, it's a pretty good trump card to have.

Overall, I don't think either things should matter all that much. If you're good and you're having a great season, you deserve All-Star consideration. If your team stinks and you've got no legacy, it shouldn't matter if you're an All-Star. That distinction should be earned over the first half of the season, not over 15 years prior. 

Legacy matters a lot, but it shouldn't

by Matt Moore

I think it's pretty clear that legacy is the overriding factor in a lot of coach's decisions. This sport revolves around respect for those who have consistently been great, and is tough on accepting those who have not gone out and obtained such success this season. I think when you look back at so many of the decisions being made out of respect for previous accomplishment, Allen Iverson, for example, versus current role, abilities, and performance, that's pretty clear. But is it right?  I tend to think it's a silly waste of a mark of recognition that could go to someone else. It's one thing if it's someone like Tim Duncan, who's team is the best in the league right now, and while his production doesn't mirror that of his past All-Star seasons, he's still a huge focal point and able to put in a great night's work. But someone like Shaq, or Vince Carter in year's past, where his performance really doesn't have that much of an impact on the game? To include those players over someone younger, who's carried his team this season and performed at a star level I think misses a great opportunity to expose the fans to guys they may not have heard of. 

We've got enough opportunities to lavish over historic legacies. But younger, hungrier players are trying to make a name for themselves now, and in ignoring their efforts, you're downplaying what matters most: what's happened on the court. I look at a guy like LaMarcus Aldridge, or even a less obvious pick in Rudy Gay, whose contributions have meant as much to his team as many of the reserves, and I see a wasted opportunity to really shine a light on guys having a phenomenal season. Oddly, the East seems much more ready to simply accept the work done, with guys like Al Horford and Gerald Wallace selected last year. The typical response is "Those guys are All-Stars?" They are, and they should be. It's time we stop treating the game like an annual repetition of a lifetime achievement award. 

Legacy matters a lot, deal with it

by Ben Golliver

Pardon me for always playing the role of the cynic, but we can agree that the NBA All-Star game is a popularity contest. The easiest way to win a popularity contest? Have an established track record of being popular, of course. Name recognition and star power count a lot; That's just life in a league where the super-duper stars that cross over into "household name" status are 10-100 times more well-known than up-and-comers that haven't tasted true national popularity yet, even if they're better players over the first half of the NBA season.

Does it bother me that young guns occasionally get left out of the All-Star game to pay homage to an elder statesman? Sure, it does. But I tend to look at the cream of the crop NBA talent as a giant warehouse, with new models being introduced to an existing inventory and old models eventually becoming obsolete. There's an assembly line process feel of it, and the coaches do a solid job of making sure deserving players get a crack at some national publicity while the truly deserving players come back year after year. 

To boil it down: I'm cool with the current "you have to really, really prove it" system for young guys to make it. Every year, someone (Kevin Durant, etc.) rises to that standard and it makes the accomplishment that much more special. And, every year, we get a final look at some oldie classics (Tim Duncan, perhaps). I just don't see any perennial, big-time losers in the current set-up.

Posted on: February 1, 2011 5:19 pm

Another twist in the road for Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson will miss at least six weeks with a calf injury. Posted by Ben Golliver. allen-iverson

A few weeks back, rumors began circulating that Allen Iverson -- beset by a mysterious injury -- was ready to retire from basketball, which had taken him to the Turkish professional team Beskitas. His manager quickly shot down those rumors and Iverson returned to the United States for treatment, his Turkish experiment complete for the time being.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Iverson's issue is fairly serious.
Allen Iverson tweeted Monday that he hopes to return to his Turkish team in time for the playoffs at the end of March. But according to a statement from renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, that could be an optimistic assessment. 
Andrews said Tuesday that Iverson requires "prolonged rest" totaling at least 6-8 weeks, along with an injection to treat a calcium deposit in his calf. The mass is in a "very precarious spot" because it is pressuring the main nerve and artery that go down the leg, Andrews said. 
The best-case scenario: Iverson is able to return to Besiktas this year and contribute during the playoffs. His motivation for a quick return is obvious: the team obviously wants him back as soon as possible, expectations demand that he deliver on his big-dollar deal, and his professional pride will surely be powering him through this rehabilitation.

The smarter scenario: Iverson takes the "prolonged rest" advice literally and holds off on a comeback until next fall. With seven or eight months to get right, Iverson, who is already 35 years old, would be doing his body a huge favor. His contract with Besiktas runs through next season and Iverson hasn't personally given any indication he won't fulfill that contract and potentially seek another deal after that.

Given these circumstances, the safe play is the slow play for The Answer. But keeping one of the game's all-time great competitors off the court, as many NBA trainers can surely attest, is easier said than done.
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:32 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 11:03 pm

Knicks to hire Mark Warkentien as consultant

The New York Knicks will reportedly hire former Denver Nuggets executive Mark Warkentien. Posted by Ben Golliver. mark-warkentien

Here's some news that figures to kick up another solid round of Carmelo Anthony trade rumors: the New York Knicks are reportedly set to hire former Denver Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Mark Warkentien as a consultant to president Donnie Walsh, according to Yahoo! Sports.
In a move that undoubtedly has roots in the pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh has reached an agreement with former Denver Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien to join the Knicks as a high-level consultant, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday.
The hiring of Warkentien is expected to be a prelude to a larger and more specific front-office role in the future, but that’s still an issue to be worked out. As the Knicks work to acquire Anthony through a trade this season or in free agency this summer, there’s no minimizing Warkentien’s institutional knowledge of the Nuggets organization and ownership, as well as a strong relationship with Anthony.
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms the Yahoo! report and further explores the hiring's implications on the Anthony trade talks.

The New York Daily News reports Anthony's reaction to the news: "As far as I'm concerned that's a great addition to their organization."

Warkentien is perhaps best known for landing point guard Chauncey Billups in a blockbuster 2008 trade for Allen Iverson. He has also established a reputation as a negotiations expert, having studied the art of deal-making extensively at Harvard.

Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke is said to be a demanding man to work for, as he runs the Nuggets by focusing on payroll management and profit maximization to a degree many owners do not. Pitching a deal with the scope and magnitude of a Carmelo Anthony trade takes a keen sense for what motivates an owner, and Warkentien's direct knowledge of those motivations would absolutely be an asset that could pay immediate dividends for the Knicks.

Still, this move feels like more than just "Melo-or-bust" for New York. Warkentien was named NBA Executive of the Year for 2008-2009 and was one of the biggest available names among the group of former NBA GMs, alongside Kevin Pritchard, Danny Ferry and Steve Kerr. Warkentien brings roughly 20 years of NBA experience to the table -- including a long record of scouting -- and the network of relationships that go along with that experience. 

During the four seasons that Warkentien headed up the Nuggets, Denver won 45, 50, 54 and 53 games. So whether or not Warkentien helps the Knicks land Anthony prior to the trade deadline, his hiring represents another sign that the Knicks franchise, a team on the rise, is looking for people to help transform it into a true title contender. 
Posted on: January 17, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 4:30 pm

Sixers' Lou Williams freestyle raps

Philadelphia 76ers guard Lou Williams has released a rap freestyle. Posted by Ben Golliver. lou-williams


Who could forget Jewelz, Allen Iverson's rapping moniker, and the giant mess it caused back in 2000 when A.I. recorded a song called "40 Bars" that included language that made NBA commisioner David Stern blush?

More than a decade later, and history is repeating itself: a 76ers guard has released a profanity-laced rap song.  Philadelphia's Lou Williams raps for roughly 20 bars in his "Imma Boss" freestyle that's posted on his YouTube account, although the profanities have been bleeped out to protect innocent ears. 

Williams' subject matter is familiar. His topics include: visiting his old neighborhood, driving in his old car, seeing his old girlfriend, sleeping with his old girlfriend, reflecting on his playing time and former lack of playing time and how he has received a lot more attention now that he is playing rather than sitting on the bench, listing the size of his NBA game checks, how rich he is, how young he was when he first became rich, how he isn't interested in settling down to start a family (instead preferring to play the field), how he makes more money than his rivals, how the money his rivals make is laughable to him, and how inauthentic his rivals are.

Here are the transcribed lyrics (as close as possible).

I be ridin in my old hood, but i'm in my old whip /
picking up my old *****, heard that was your new ***** /
you be bringing cash out, my money never use it /
because you gonna keep her fly, that ***** I abuse it /
I came to Philly not asking for no favors /
ain't accepting handouts, no sugars from my neighbors /
remember me bench riding, I get that tick now /
now these bandwagon ****** on my **** now /
thank God, all these games I done played /
$60k a game, all this money I done made /
I made my first million before I ever got laid /
I was only seventeen ain't that some **** now look at me, look at me /
if you see me, be like, "Ew, Lou Will /
I be looking at em, Ew, cheap thrill /
I take what I can get because if they could they will /
I just **** em, I don't love 'em, I leave 'em oh well /
***** I'm a boss, I get cake, you making money? give me a break /
you just a lame, you ****** hating /
ya homeys they rhyme but it's because they fake

Here's the video.

Williams has a natural delivery and certainly doesn't lack confidence. The reviews posted on YouTube are split. One commenter noted, "Keep playing ball ... it ain't meant to happen" while another noted that, "you rap better than Allen Iverson."

Williams' Sixers teammate, guard Evan Turner, wrote on Twitter, "Shoutout to my boy Lou Williams for killin that 'Imma Boss' freestyle." I'm not sure if an endorsement from Turner helps or hurts one's street credibility, but I digress.

Another YouTube user reflected, "I'd be makin' tracks too if my team kept losin'." Entering Monday, Williams and the Sixers were 16-23, on pace to make the playoffs as the Eastern Conference's No. 8 seed.
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