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Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:21 pm
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 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: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:05 am
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

AI isn't from Norfolk but across the HRBT in Hampton where he attended Bethel HS and was unstoppable in basketball and even more-so, football...he was quite a bowler too Wink



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:40 am
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

Georgetown got him out of jail..maybe Georgetown can give him a coaching job..all that aside,he was one tough "street player" who gave a 100%..you could take the boy out Norfolk,but could not take Norfolk out of the boy..too bad..only 36 yrs. old



Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:31 am
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

Pound for pound most productive player in NBA history.  Shame the Sixers let him go before he eclipsed all of Wilt Chamberlains all time sixers point scorer.

I hope he can make it back to the NBA, he was exciting to watch, and he plays hard.  East bound and down remix starring AI, I'd watch.



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:28 am
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

I wonder how much of his comeback has to due to wanting to play the game he loves or that fact that hes one broke bastard an needs a paycheck at anycost....Hell neve play in the NBA again, esp since hes a the Terrel Owens of the NBA. Always me first and when blame comes he blames everyone but himself. 


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Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:31 am
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Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:39 am
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

Hes an idiot and an arrogant jerk to boot. Bye bye gangsta. Good luck keeping it real yo.




Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:04 am
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

i agree... i think before you can label him a loser, you have to be better than him? which one of those people posting negative replies even played in the NBA??? i know he has had some problems and made some stupid mistakes before... but he was good... he carried my team by himself for few seasons... 



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:54 am
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

Haha class act out of a Lebron or Kobe lover I'm sure! AI is and always will be the best player to stand under 6 feet tall! Still is in the top 5 in scoring all time and never had a Shaq or Pippen of his own... Watch your mouth when talking about the only man to score 50 in 3 straight playoff games and to the most amazing show going in the NBA! I wouldn't ever pay again to watch an athlete like I did for him every year since he was a freshman at Georgetown! Have some respect moron! And to everyone who says he's out of money... He got over 100 million from reebok not to mention his multiple contracts... He's not rich he just finally grew up and wants to right his wrongs. Lots of players skip practices... The 76ers were the only team dumb enough to make it public. AI IS A BASKETBALL GOD! Best I have ever seen pound for pound!!!! That's the truth!!



Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:46 pm
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

I hate you



Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:02 pm
 

Allen Iverson to play in Puerto Rican league?

NBA should use AI and Tim Duncan as poster boys for the NBA rookies coming in.  This is what you don't want to be, pointing at AI and this is how you want to be, pointing at Tim Duncan.  Enough said.



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