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Iverson may be done with the Sixers. Again.

Feb 22, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

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. Sam - Feb 23, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    What fantasy world are you living in Mike? Iverson has always been a punk and should have played street ball and would have excelled as an indivdual. TO will always be a punk, that is who he is. But you are right about Buffalo, he did not do a thing good or bad. Ocho wants him to take his job in Cin

  2. edd - Feb 23, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    A.I. was a great player…but going to hole like an assasin has taken a lot out of him. Thanks to MJ, in 2000 the NBA began playing soft zone defense. MJ built it, and also torn it down. The game was great in the 80’s and 90’s, but has fallen off the radar.

  3. SD - NYC - Feb 23, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    You guys are hilarious. First of all you guys who call AI a ‘punk’ either have no idea who AI is, or have no idea what a punk is. This is a man who listed generously at 6 ft tall plays a game made for giants despite that he is #17 on the ALL TIME NBA scorers list…
    ahead of
    18 Charles Barkley 23757
    19. Robert Parish* 23334
    20. Adrian Dantley* 23177
    21. Elgin Baylor* 23149
    22. Clyde Drexler* 22195
    23. Kevin Garnett 21874
    24. Gary Payton 21813
    25. Larry Bird* 21791
    26. Hal Greer* 21586
    27. Walt Bellamy* 20941
    28. Bob Pettit* 20880
    29. David Robinson*
    and COUNTLESS others
    Iverson lead the league in scoring FOUR times…despite often being the ONLY option on his team.
    his list of awards and honors include the NBA Rookie of the Year (1997), All-NBA First Team (1999, 2001, 2005), All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2002, 2003), All-NBA Third Team (2006), NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (2001, 2005) and NBA Rookie Game Most Valuable Player (1997).
    Again 6ft 165 lbs…if you guys think a ‘punk’ could do that…you’re morons.

  4. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    haters. Plain and simple. People always assume the worst of any situation. I don’t and wwon’t bring race into this.
    With that said, He should deal with his daughters situation while still playing.

  5. khn - Feb 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    As in investing, Past performance is not an accurate indicator of future results. No one should continue to play based on past performance. It’s a tough world, but, “What have you done for me lately?”, applies.

  6. tyler - Feb 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    idiots are calling him a punk because he would rather spend time with his sick daughter. sorry but real punks criticize a move like AI is making.

  7. Jonny5 - Feb 23, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Well the fact that he’s a notorious ball hog could have something to do with that. When he was in his prime, he skipped practice, and Knew there was an “I” in team. He led the league in scoring because he wouldn’t pass the ball. Therefore his team lost still. he never cared about the team, it was all about “the answer”. His attitude was horrible. He’s changed it much since then ,but it’s too little too late. And yes Punks can still play ball. As a Philly fan I can attest to that because of Allen. While A.I. was putting up good numbers his coaches all had huge issues with this guy because he was a bad element to the TEAM. Basket ball is a TEAM sport, but he played like he was playing street ball trying to impress a girl on the sidelines.
    …. Now that that’s off my chest. I wish A.I. and his familiy all the best. I hope his daughter get’s through this illness quickly and painlessly.

  8. Kesa - Feb 23, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    A punk because his daughter’s seriously ill and he needs to be with her? I guess you’d prefer for him to travel to the west coast and forget that she maybe terminally ill. Hmmm. What a good father you must be.

  9. Chris - Feb 23, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    pound for pound, he is he best player to ever play the game, period! For someone who is all of 5’10 or 5’11, what other player of his size in history could remotely compare to what he has done? Like him or not, he is a great player

  10. Lion Woods - Feb 23, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    AI was a very competitive player. AI has never been able to transition his overall game to fit the team concept. Now that AI is on the tail end of his career he thinks that teams should bend over backwards to accomodate this ballplayer. AI spells team TAIM.

  11. keith - Feb 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    thats the whole point theyre trying to get him to see jr. (role player!!!) only and u should see it too .. role player or no player…..

  12. keith - Feb 23, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    its 2010 and its been seven years since AI put up those kind of numbers

  13. confused - Feb 23, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    I’m sorry but can someone translate this for me?
    d-nice, its called Hooked on Phonics. Get it!!
    Anyway, in my opinion, AI was a great player in his time but like it was mentioned before, he never was able to get the team mentality unless he was playing on the All-Star team which forced him too or he would not play. Players like Derek Fisher and others still play while there children are sick. Why do they do this? To put food on the table and to be able to afford ridiculous expensive medical treatment for there kids. If AI were smart, he would stick around, take the back seat role that was offered to him and keep getting paid to take care of his family.

  14. Anonymous - Feb 24, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    rrhoe you obviously don’t know what you are talking about. AI’s daughter has been at CHOP since he came back to play. They don’t know what is wrong with her either and anyone who wouldn’t be with their child in a time like this is no man at all. He is an asset to the Sixers everytime he steps on the court. There isn’t one other player on the team with the heart he has and he plays with it every night. He is one of the only reasons I am still going to watch the team. He is a great bball player with an even bigger heart and he loves Philly and the fans. Maybe you people should meet him before passing judgment.

  15. Shane NYC - Mar 2, 2010 at 4:45 AM

    You can still be a jerk if you put great stats.
    AI and TO are not team players. Great players, yes. I have seen AI have an attitude so many times when his team is up and he is on the bench. Forgot about TO because he is a huge A_ _.
    I’m a black man and I’m tired of this garbage of racism if you critique an athlete honestly. (Everything is everyone’s fault but our own)
    Some times people are who they are.

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