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Brown thinks Iverson isn't done

Mar 11, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

iverson.jpgLarry Brown took Allan Iverson’s career father than it ever has been. It seemed an odd-couple marriage, but Mr. Play The Right Way coached this shoot-first-and-always point guard all the way to the NBA Finals.

And he doesn’t think Iverson is done, he told the Charlotte Observer.

“He needs basketball and I think our league needs to take care of guys who have made a contribution,” Brown said of Iverson. “Maybe he’ll never play again at the level I saw him play at, but I think he can still help somebody.”

Iverson could still help someone, maybe even a contender. He still has shades of that offensive game that was so brilliant, so tough and heartfelt. But he has to accept a role — he is not option number one anymore. He could be the spark plug off the bench, that is what they wanted him to do in Memphis this year. And Detroit last year. And he couldn’t accept it.

But Brown is right, if he can change his mindset Iverson still has a place in the league.

  1. R U Serious? - Mar 11, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    This is not journalism. Spell check. Do not waste my time.

  2. Randall - Mar 11, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    “I think our league needs to take care of guys who have made a contribution”
    The league made the millions of dollars he’s already been paid possible. He repaid that by being a ballhogging problem child. Call it even.

  3. MattC - Mar 11, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Saying there’s a place for him “IF he can change his mindset” is like saying “Gee, that Ted Bundy guy would have been a real woman-charmer if he could change his killing mindset.”
    AI is a clown. He’s done and I’ll laugh at any team stupid enough to pay him anything… even at the veteran’s minimum, he’s not worth the drama and headaches he’s sure to bring.

  4. Joe - Mar 11, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Iverson is still better than half of the league. Memphis would be the 7th or 8th seed without a doubt if he had stayed. Look at most teams benches. He would always be at least the 6th-8th guy on a depth chart. That’s good for 20 minutes a game.

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