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Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:38 am
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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.  
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Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:53 pm
 

Back off on da weed...

They still test for the cronic. Cycle off son, try chewin' gum



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

Nothing like a 36 yr old ball hog without a team.  Maybe the Heat will sign him.




Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

Iverson has burned his bridges in the NBA and now apparently in Europe as well.  He says he will do anything to get back in the NBA.  I can sympathize about dealing with the illness of a child but divorce not a chance   Many families deal with severe illness of their children and family members every day and they appear to be able to continue to work and provide for their families the best way they can and they don't burn their bridges while they are going through difficult times.  Iverson is not a team player and now the european league knows this.  He is a cancer on any team he plays with and he should hang up the shoes for good.
There are bridges to be burned in Turkey? what are they made out of? Sand? Who cares about Turkish baseketball? They bring in a star in Deron Williams to play there and 1500 people show up. It's all about if he is willing to play a role, instead of being the man. That has been the whole sticking point all along. 

Yes, families do deal with illness and still work jobs and go about there lives, but guess what?? There not playing the NBA and spending most of there time away from home, they work 9 to 5's then go home to there family. Bad comparison.

Who cares about the European Leagues? Like really? The only time they are talked about is NBA players using them as a bargaining chip for the lock out. No one wants to play over there. 



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:37 am
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

Iverson has burned his bridges in the NBA and now apparently in Europe as well.  He says he will do anything to get back in the NBA.  I can sympathize about dealing with the illness of a child but divorce not a chance   Many families deal with severe illness of their children and family members every day and they appear to be able to continue to work and provide for their families the best way they can and they don't burn their bridges while they are going through difficult times.  Iverson is not a team player and now the european league knows this.  He is a cancer on any team he plays with and he should hang up the shoes for good.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

Unfortunate Allen Iverson’s past has preceded him. Even though he has indicated he just want to be able to get on any team even if  it means coming off the bench.

Even with the veteran minimum who would want to contaminate their locker room with this guy‘s promise?

You know that eventually this guy will have baby mama drama, financial difficulties, or just get pissed off at something a coach said or did.

If he had a history of keeping his mouth shut or being a team player by leaving team problems or difficulties in the locker room that might be fine. This is not the case with Iverson. For some reason he feels as if he has got to make his feelings known and the world is waiting for his knowledge to be spewed over the air waves and into TV land.

I don’t think any team in the league would want to go through this or even take a chance that this guy has been rehabilitated to being a team player, and willing to help the team in  
Role he has or would be assigned.

I can hear him now after the first week or so. I am better and should be the starter. The coach does not know what he is speaking of and if he had balls he would put me in as the starter.

There is an old adage said by old folks. You have made your bed not you have to lay in it.

“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THIS HAPPEN, PEOPLE MISSED YOUR GAME A.I.




Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

So there would be four ballhogs? 



Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

Shoulda practiced.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:34 am
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

Now if only he can handle the "Heat" of being the 4th most important player on the team, I'm sure LeBron and Wade would welcome him with open arms.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 9:28 am
 

Allen Iverson wants back in the league, any way

If he is really happy to come off the bench and accept a low base, incentive laden contract, then he should get a few offers assuming there actually is a season.  There is little risk if his expectations in terms of playing time and compensation are in check.  At best, he still generates some fan excitement and goes off every once in a while off the bench.  At worse, he shows he just doesn't have it anymore and seldom sees the floor or even gets cut...all for minimal cost.  In short, it sounds like a low risk move to sign him now.


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