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Iverson may be done with the Sixers. Again.

Feb 22, 2010, 3:01 PM EST

NBA_iverson.jpgThe Philadelphia 76ers boarded a plane for a three-game West Coast swing this week, but Allen Iverson did not join them. He may not join them again this season on the court as the team may cut ties with the icon, according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo.

Iverson is with his family to deal with medical issues concerning his daughter, but his constant in-and-out of the lineup this season has led team officials to believe a permanent break is best for the organization. Sources said Iverson went to team officials over the weekend and said he needed to leave the team again.

Sources say Sixers coach Eddie Jordan addressed the players on Sunday, and told them there’s a chance Iverson may not return to the team. However, Sixers ownership, general manager Ed Stefanski and Jordan haven’t sat down and formally come to that decision, but sources with knowledge of the Sixers plans believe the franchise is leaning in that direction.

Iverson started 24 games (played in 25) for the Sixers this year and was who we thought he was — he scored 14 points a game but needed nearly 12 shots a game to do that, hitting 41.7 percent of his attempts. He was giving them 4.1 assists per game, but their offensive flow was not there with him.

When he left the team to deal with his daughter’s illness the first time, Jordan went to a lineup of Willie Green and Jrue Holiday in the backcourt that gave then Sixers better defense and some matchup advantages. And they won. They looked like a team that could grow. Iverson simply does not help that growth along.

Allen Iverson is in a tough spot on the court — he needs to accept that he is now a role player, but he can’t bring himself to do that. He was driven out of Memphis because of it. (On a side note, that whole experience forced the young Grizzlies players to bond and step up in a way they hadn’t before, and that may have helped them on the court this season.)

Iverson is a bad fit on a young team. He’s a bad fit on a contending team until he can accept a role. When he’s ready for that, he can join some team’s plane.

  1. David - Feb 22, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    This guy is a cancer, always has been. The only bigger cancer I can think of is T.O. in Buffalo! A.I. should retire, it’s over!

  2. Pudbert_Savannah GA - Feb 22, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    What a punk, he’s ALWAYS been a punk..
    Serves the Sixers right for even considering taking this punk back in the first place.

  3. mike - Feb 22, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    T.O did nothing wrong in Buffalo at all, he was not a cancer in the locker room, and he was not the QB, GM, Owner or Coach of the Bills. He seemed to be on his best behavior. AI was a great player in his day and was/is still a great competitor who gives his all every night on the court. Dave don’t comment on things you obviously know nothing about.

  4. andy - Feb 22, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    totally useless player, who can’t accept that he isn’t who he used to be…
    and the fact that fans voted him an all star…shameful!

  5. Rick - Feb 22, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Iverson’s not a bad guy. His heart is in the right place. He’s may be having family issues. Cut the guy a break. Thanks for the years Iverson — it was amazing to watch. I wish half the guys on our team had your heart.
    -Rick

  6. FLA - Feb 22, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Iverson it’s over …retire ..go home and be with your daughter.. end of story

  7. Jr. - Feb 22, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    What a display of ignorance. Don’t try to speak up (negatively) what you don’t have a clue about. This guy carried a TEAM and a CITY over his shoulders for much of his career, and he is not used to take roles. He feels he can’t be sidelined (not yet) as he has a lot more to give, NOT TO PROVE, because he doesn’t have to prove anything else. The numbers are there, the legacy of his game will prevail, even if he does not play again. Taking care of family is not abandoning the team. He is still a useful 25 minutes, 15-20 PPG role player for ANY nba team. So, please, please, don’t be an ignorant hater.

  8. kerry - Feb 22, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Iverson comes and goes this year but those same totally idiot fans vote for him to start in the All-star team this year irregardless!

  9. john - Feb 22, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    andy & rick are u a father,A.I. is the JOB will always be there, even if it’s in a new city.Most players today dont put up his numbers. dont take the game so personal u dont pay him.

  10. Anonymous - Feb 22, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    AI is and always will be a selfish, whiny, attention grabbing brat…he hasn’t been the leader of a team since he left the Sixers the first time…Go ahead and retire, AI…the NBA is better off

  11. catlady - Feb 22, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Allen Iverson is still a great player. He is also a father with a daughter who is ill with an unknown ailment. Give the man a break!
    Most of those complaining about this issue woyld do the very same thing fdor their kids.
    In Philadelphia, we will always have a place in our hearts for AI. He raises us up as a team, and as a city.

  12. wmw - Feb 22, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    JR..
    Where exactly did AI take us?? As a frustrated fan of the sixers I saw many attempts to put players and coaches around AI that would pay off. We had one year when we made the finals under LB but most years we were a mediocre team with no real chance of contending. AI was a great player but for whatever reason the team was never great. He may have had great skills and heart but the teams just didn’t do it.

  13. Fort Wayne - Feb 22, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Your right on the whole cancer thing. Now my question is why the guys we know from Initals are bumbs. T.O., A.I., L.T.

  14. rrhoe - Feb 22, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Derek Fisher,Ray Allen are players who’ve dealt with their children and illness,it’s not easy,but their wealth provides their children with the best doctors and care.If Atlanta doctors don’t know what’s going on then you get that child where she needs to be to receive the care she needs.A.I. plays in a city with one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation,he even stated that he would do this but hasn’t(brought her there).
    The Sixers should cut ties with this guy asap,he doesn’t want to play anymore

  15. rrhoe - Feb 22, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Derek Fisher,Ray Allen are players who’ve dealt with their children and illness,it’s not easy,but their wealth provides their children with the best doctors and care.If Atlanta doctors don’t know what’s going on then you get that child where she needs to be to receive the care she needs.A.I. plays in a city with one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation,he even stated that he would do this but hasn’t(brought her there).
    The Sixers should cut ties with this guy asap,he doesn’t want to play anymore

  16. Rodney - Feb 22, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    You are crazy and with comments like that you are a cancer yourself. T.O. and A.I. are first ballot hall of famers in their sports. You are a hater who cannot stand black ballers who talk.

  17. desperado10 - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    What is the illness his daughter has? I understand family must come first. If the child is illness, give him time to take care of her and be with her. But, but if she is not and he is just using it to get out of playing. Release him, be done with him asap..

  18. paul - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Kerry, the word is “Regardless”

  19. Iverson=Selfish - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    You guys are all idiots! First you dont know whats going on with Allen Iverson’s daughter and if she is even sick. Second he has a history of either getting his way or leaving like a little kid. He is not used to the fact that there is a new AI (Andre Iguadala) in Philly and because of that he does not want to take a back seat. So Allen Iverson will go ahead and leave the Sixers like he left everyone else and he is most certainly running out of teams that will want to put up with his selfish attitude.

  20. Iverson=Selfish - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Ofcourse someone has to come up with the racist comment!!!! Dude why cant people accept the fact that Allen Iverson sucks now and is not as good as he used to be. Why is it all about him being black all of a sudden? I’m black too and I think AI is a punk who refuses to quit and wont be a team player in a team game. Stop being ignorant.

  21. nedd - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Mike , he is a cancer, did you not read the article that you were commenting he never practiced in philly the first round and was a less than 50% shooter, he did nothing for denver, nothing for detroit, nothing for memphis and back at philly nothing, he’s been an overpaid baby for a long time.
    Which is why I can’t stand the NBA!

  22. BriaN C - Feb 22, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    As much as I can’t stand the guy and have always thought he was overrated I hate to see him have to deal with the illness of his daughter. He’s a jackass, a jerk, at times a lazy SOB but I do wish the best for him and his daughter.

  23. Anonymous - Feb 22, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Because he was on a bad team with nowhere else to go.

  24. al P. - Feb 22, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Due with all respects to the family, Allen Iverson certainly
    contributed to the game of roundball,It was about practice, and
    now the fat lady has sung.

  25. CLAYTON - Feb 23, 2010 at 6:14 AM

    I truly agree with Rick. Allen Iverson is seriously going through a difficult time right now,lets have some Godly respect and keep our personal feelings to ourselves.

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