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Train wreck warning: Sixers may bench Iverson

Feb 9, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

NBA_iverson_small.jpgUpdate 5:09: Looks like the show will be delayed, the Sixers organization just announced that Iverson will miss the next two games for the team (a back-to-back before the All-Star break in Minnesota tonight and Toronto tomorrow). He will be expected by the NBA to at least be around on All-Star weekend (remember, the league once fined Michael Jordan for missing a Friday event, they are serious about having everyone there so the corporate sponsors feel important). Please check back after the All-Star break to resume this crash.

12:20: Hey, pull up a chair and grab some popcorn — there’s a train wreck a comin’ and you can have a front row seat. Let us head to Philadelphia and talk Allen Iverson.

But after Monday’s practice, which Iverson again missed due to his daughter’s illness, (Sixers coach Eddie) Jordan wouldn’t commit to Iverson starting when he comes back.

“That’s a topic we have to discuss,” Jordan said.

Later, Jordan said, “We’re going to talk about that as a staff. We’ve had some of those discussions. We’ll cross that bridge when we cross that bridge.”

That bridge has more explosives under it than the one over the river Kwai. In Detroit last season and Memphis to start this one, Iverson destroyed locker room chemistry and became a big distraction when he didn’t start. He can’t fathom sitting behind a lesser player, and in his mind most players remain lesser. And he’s not going to be quiet about it.

Of course, Jordan is right, the Sixers are better when Iverson is out — they are 3-0 in this stretch without him, all against playoff teams. The new starting backcourt of Willie Green and rookie Jrue Holiday give the Sixers better defense, better size and guys working within the flow of the offense.

Iverson can still play in this league — in his last seven games he is averaging nearly 14 points but on a very Iversonesque, inefficient 40% shooting. Andre Iguodala has a couple more assists a game than Iverson. He remains a gunner. That is the kind of player that can be a big boost off the bench.

If said player will go to the bench. Iverson will not go quietly into that good night. So pull up a chair and enjoy the coming train wreck.

  1. Ron - Feb 9, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Iverson needs to retire.
    He is a distraction to any team he plays for. He is also a distraction for the league.
    I am tired of his whining. He needs to go.

  2. number three - Feb 9, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Iverson said you should retire too, his locker room towels are not as clean as they were when he first played for the sixers.Slacker!!

  3. TrenAman - Feb 9, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    What a come back! It shows your education level.
    Iverson has been finished for years.

  4. Anonymous - Feb 9, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    he should run for president

  5. Anonymous - Feb 9, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    thats my bull though

  6. rrhoe - Feb 9, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    The Sixers need to end this now,Iverson has a history of reasons not to play.The game has changed for players like him and in his mind he is still a superstar,not.

  7. The Argonaut - Feb 10, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    I wonder what this daughter’s illness is that needs his undivided attention. Is it really THAT serious?
    I’m a father too and if my son is sick, I will tend to him WHEN I GET BACK from work.
    The thing is, unlike me, A.I. doesn’t need to be out for work 8 hours a day. My take on this is that he is acting primadonna again. he thinks the whole world owes him a lot.
    No wonder till now, he doesn’t have a ring.

  8. dfontaine - Feb 10, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Allen Iverson obviously has a big problem understanding how BLESSED he is to have the opportunity to play professional sports and make millions of dollars while doing it. Mr. Iverson should thank God EVERYDAY that he made millions of dollars off the NBA and can support his family in a huge way. With people out of work everywhere, it is disgusting to see these young millionaires act like they do off the court.Take your TIRED ASS BACK BACK HOME and give the NBA fans a break from watching you self destruct. I am so sick of this stuff !
    If you were not playing in the NBA, your little uneducated ass would be slanging dope or working at some BS job making minor money !

  9. geo1951 - Feb 11, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    Well Mr. Argonaut, your take is simply wrong. First of all, it’s very possible that Allen’s daughter is seriously ill and he needs to be there for her and the rest of his family. He’s a family person and being there is the right thing to do. Who are you to question another man’s statement about the illness of one of his children? Secondly, your statement that you would worry about your son’s illness only after you got home from work is unbelievably ignorant. Are you saying that your job is more important than the health of your children? You sound like the prima-donna. And, I can guarantee that, with that attitude, you will never be wearing any fatherhood championship rings. Your fatherhood approach stinks!

  10. Erika - Feb 12, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    I LOVE Allen Iverson! To me, he ‘is’ the Sixers. As long as he sells tickets, he deserves good pay and a spot on the team. And as far as challenging whether his daughter is really that sick… really? You wanna go there? AI is so happy to be back with the Sixers, for him to take off so many games, there’s obviously something big he’s dealing with at home.

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