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Iverson may miss All-Star Game

Feb 10, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

NBA_iverson_small.jpgAllen Iverson has missed the last four Philadelphia games due to one of his children being sick, and he is not with the team to play in Toronto tonight. He is expected to return to the Sixers lineup after the All-Star break.

But will he suit up for the All-Star Game itself in Dallas Sunday? There has been no word yet from the Sixers or the NBA.

Fans inexplicably voted Iverson in as a starter. Iverson is a cultural icon and a famed player, but he is a decade past his peak and should be coming off the bench. He’s been on three teams since last trading deadline. He’s shooting just 43% with Philly and they are better when he sits. He’s not deserving of a starting spot, but the fans get what the fans want.

Iverson would have a hard time getting out of his All-Star Weekend responsibilities. This is the NBA’s showcase, the chance for the NBA to kiss the ass of thank all their sponsors.

And attendance for everything in mandatory. Remember, the NBA gave a huge fine to Michael Jordan and Karl Malone back in the day for just skipping a Friday night event. It may depend on Iverson’s family situation, but I’d expect him to be in Dallas.

It’s what the fans want.

  1. Greg - Feb 10, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Shows you why the fans should not get to pick the players. He isn’t the 5th best player on his sorry team let alone good enough to start in the all star game.

  2. Matt - Feb 10, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    This game is for the fans. If they want a player, why shouldn’t he be voted in? This is not a serious game, so let the fans enjoy it. Its unfortunate that a player will not make the team because of AI but give the fans what they want.

  3. stopjockinmyswag - Feb 10, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    How is Iverson a ‘cultural icon’?

  4. Jay - Feb 10, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    I think the whole All star thing is a waist of time anyway so it don’t matter, personally it sounds like he has his priorities in the right place though

  5. Gabriel - Feb 10, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Kurt Helin, you really have to check your spelling when putting out articles, this page is full of errors. (And attendance for everything “in” mandatory)(the chance for the NBA to kiss the ass “of” thank all their sponsors)??

  6. James - Feb 10, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    And we wonder why kids are dropping out at an alarming rate. We tell them stick in school because you need an education to get places in life. But how can they believe that when they can go online and find that half the columnists have poor grammer.

  7. Mojo - Feb 10, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    And poor spelling…it’s grammar James!

  8. Mojo - Feb 10, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    And poor spelling…it’s grammar James!

  9. Nick - Feb 10, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Yo, Jamie Boy,
    you must mean…grammar.
    What school did YOU go to?

  10. dan - Feb 10, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    I am not sure how much can be blamed on the fans or the NBA for allowing a “ballot stuffing” voting mechanism to exist. I am not sure that an adequate answer exists for dealing with that issue, but I live in the Northeast and cannot find anyone in the office of a major sports complex that even has any respect left for AI, most even say that they didn’t like him ten years ago. Is it what the fans want? I don’t think so, and while that may be a selfish perspective, his invovlement guarantees that I won’t watch the game.

  11. Lion Woods - Feb 10, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Good afternoon fellow lodge members… Allen Iverson was a very good player at one time in his career. Of late, Iverson has a side show appeal that frankly doesn’t appeal to me. Laker fan at heart currently roilin in the hoops provided that is Detroit… can you say AI for Chauncy? How about AI for A-1 and a ribeye from Logan’s. Iverson has failed to morph his game into that of a more experienced veteran. A rule should be implemented that a player must reside on a team for a full season in order to be voted in as a starter at the NBA All-Star game. call it the AI rule.

  12. Dave B. - Feb 10, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    A.I. is a cultural disease, not an icon.

  13. Poppa Hunt - Feb 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    I remember when Major League Baseball used to throw a bone the way of of beyond their prime ball players like Wille Mays, Carl Yastremski, Willie Stargell, etc., when they grew into fan favorites, no longer All-Star caliber. A.I. is like that in a lot of ways. He deserves to be recognized some kind of way. Starting for The East All-Stars, I don’t think he should be in the spot of a deserving player. Honorary Player, yes. Don’t think his ego would accept that though.

  14. JAY - Feb 10, 2010 at 7:06 PM


  15. coffees - Feb 10, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Keep up the wonderful writing. I enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks

  16. Swellin - Feb 10, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    He has a sick child, people! At least (for once) this is a father who is involved with his child and is staying home to care for him. I give him credit for that.
    Who cares if he misses the All Star weekend? Our priorities in the this country are messed up.

  17. Judyco - Feb 11, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    A decade beyond his prime????????? Come on – he was MVP of the NBA in 2001. So was he past his prime then? I don’t think so.
    I’m also a little tired of hearing how he is taking the place of someone else in the all star game. No he isn’t – that player wasn’t voted in – we don’t want to see that player. We want to see AI! He may be struggling with an injury right now but we want to see HIM play!!!

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