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Where could Allen Iverson land?

Aug 23, 2010, 8:04 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for iverson_sixers.jpgRumors leaked out this week that Allen Iverson could play next season in New Orleans or Orlando. And as quick as those rumors started, officials from those teams shot them down.

Iverson scares NBA teams because last season he showed he was not ready to accept a non-key role, even though that’s what his game now demands. The experiences of Memphis and Philadelphia have teams scared.

But where could he end up? NBA.com took some guesses.

New York Knicks… Has there ever been a more perfect setting for a gutty, gritty actor like Iverson to take his final bow than Broadway? No little guy has ever been slapped and hammered down to the floor like A.I., but kept getting back up and never forgetting his lines. He’s been a star of the highest magnitude and could live in the spotlight of Madison Square Garden.

Charlotte Bobcats… Larry Brown knows that he can’t resist a challenge and that he is the one coach who has been able to battle through the idiosyncrasies and get the most out of Iverson.

New Jersey Nets — Does the Russian billionaire Mikail Prokhorov with all of those rubles to burn in his deep pockets really want to make his NBA debut with Jordan Farmar, Travis Outlaw and Troy Murphy as his headline acquisitions out of the great 2010 Free Agentpalooza?

There are other teams suggested, like the Miami Heat, which is simply not going to happen.

But the fact of the matter is none of these teams makes sense because they are trying to build something and Iverson would be a major distraction. Unless he really has learned lessons from the disasters of last season in Memphis and Philadelphia.

Maybe he has. Maybe he hasn’t. But is an NBA team trying to rebuild going to take a risk on that?

  1. Henry - Aug 23, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    WTF? How was he a problem In Philly????? It’s stupid 2 say that he was a pass. First guard he only took 10 shots per game and was on his best behaivour ur a hater

  2. John P. Bouchard - Aug 23, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    The guy and his posse are losers!!!!!!!

  3. alex - Aug 23, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    …well a very skilled and rich loser….
    hope he gets another shot!! love to see him in new jersey!

  4. Joe - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Agreed. Iverson in Philly last year was not a disaster. He was praised by virtually everyone for being a good soldier. His family issues were the problem, not anything related to how he acted as a Sixer. Had his divorce and family illness not occured, he’d probably already be signed. He showed he could leave the “star mentality” behind and play as a solid role player.

  5. Joe - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    If I were a team i’d take the chance. He already announced he’s fine with being a bench player and he’s still able to give you 15 ppg as your backup guard. If you’re a 7th or 8th seed why give the vets minimum to Earl Watson or Earl Boykins when you can get Iverson for the same price? Bigger risk yes, but a much bigger chance of reward.

  6. BALLER1900 - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    MAN A.I WAS NOT A PROBLEM IN PHILLY.YALL JUST LOOKING FOR A REASON NOT TO SIGN HIM………… THE 3RD BEST PLAYER TO PLAY FOR PHILLY

  7. bernadette - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    i wish Boston would take he’s still a great player i wish ppl. stop hating on him every one of us has issues..so stop judging…look n da mirror………………………… AI loves his family & that’s a good quality….now …

  8. matt d - Aug 23, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    his time in Philly last year was CERTAINLY a problem. He came in because philly’s starting PG (lou Williams) broke his jaw. He led the team and started immediately, even though he wasnt ready. His handle was off, and this caused many, many unforced turnovers. Then his kid got “fake sick” when Lou will came back. I say fake sick because doctors in Atlanta and the University of Pennsylvania could not find 1 thing wrong with her. So anyone that thinks his daughter was an issue is wrong. Ai cant handle when the spotlight isnt on him. Philly dont want him back. He has been a cancer to every team since leaving philly the 1st time.
    guy has marriage problems as well as drinking and gambling problems. He can CHOOSE to get help for these, or do it his way , and end up like a lot of other athelete stereotypes. Pennyless and bankrupt begging for endorsement deals that wont come anymore.
    Good riddance AI, you wont be ruining my team this year. Go sixers!!

  9. nba878 - Aug 23, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    As you can see he was QUITE the disaster in Philly last year….great job reporting NBC Sports….
    “He made guys want to play hard. He wasn’t late for a meeting or late for a practice. All the past stuff you heard about him didn’t happen here.” – Elton Brand, 2010
    “The impact he had on the locker room, the spark he provided, playing good basketball and the way he blended in was good for the team when he got here, he was terrific. People ask me all the time if I would do it again. I tell them I would in a second. He was good for our team, and no one’s career got thrown down while he was here.” – Sixers GM Ed Stefanski, June 2010
    “No one can deny that he was good for this team when he was here. We needed a spark. The whole time he was here, we had zero problems with Allen.” – Sixers GM Ed Stefanski, June 2010

  10. Randall - Aug 23, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    There’s always China. Starbury seems to like it there.

  11. nbeete - Aug 23, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    SO MANY OF YOU ARE HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!! LET THE MAN PLAY, THATS WHAT HE LOVES TO YOU. HE CAN COMPETE WITH THE BEST OF THEM. I AM A CELTICS FAN AND I HOPE THAT THEY PICK HIM UP. GOOD LUCK AI LUV U

  12. MaWa - Aug 23, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Ok where’s the law about being a “hater” (at your own discretion or not?)???? Having an opionion not in agreement with someone does not a hater make. But, be that as it may: Good lord. I really hate haters. But worse I hate haters of haters. OMG I hate myself!

  13. hornets11 - Aug 23, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    This is different than most cases because he’s not an old vet that has nothing left in the tank. He’s still a double-digit points guy and he still has good stamina. It’s more questions about him fitting in chemistry wise. The talent is still there. It seems like he’s been humbled so maybe he’ll get a shot.

  14. Maurice - Aug 23, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Ai goes hard and should be picked up, so everybody needs to stop hatein on him and let him ball, cause he still has some left in the tank

  15. sweetrose - Aug 23, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Iverson is and has always been my favorite basketball player in the NBA. Out of all what he has brought to the NBA, and the excitement he has brought to the NBA fans, It is disgusting for the Nba to treat him like this. He has given his all for 14 years. AI is still among the greats. I want him to go to Miami, Celtics or New york.

  16. Marv - Aug 23, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    FYI Louis Williams came back 6 games after AI got to Philly las season. Try knowing what you are talking about before you open your mouth. And how in the Hell do you know how much money he has in the bank. ALL I know is in his career he got 100 mill from Rebook and another 100 mill from the Sixers kind of hard to imagine him being broke, unless you are just wishing he were broke, which makes you a hater!!!!!
    As far as him loosing his handle; I saw all 28 of the games he played in Memphis and Philly on LeaguePass and I defenantly did not see him loos his handle or turn over the ball. I saw the same Iverson just 10 yrs older with a better jump shot, but does not even attempt to shoot as much anymore. If anything it seemed like he was holding something back to make the media happy. Maybe you should try watching the games instead of reading what stupid MF write about him on blogs as your measuring stick.

  17. Ted Radcliff - Aug 23, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Sounds like your typical athlete to me. Drinking,gambling but he can still play. Just add him to the list.

  18. cedric - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    i agree 100% with comment 16, couldn’t have said it better

  19. yoyoyoyo - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    all these haters must be working for david stern coz if u look back the past 2 years a.i. was voted a starting all-star (people’s choice), his shooting percentage was high, took less shots, less minutes, and yet these NBA teams aren’t signing him??? david stern must be a very rich man. espn, nba.com, NBA team execs, a.i. haters is all cashing in. happy for you all. if that’s how u get money nowadays so be it. i’m not hating, i’m just saying. i hope a.i. get’s signed by the knicks we’re he belongs and where people really show him love. and my advise to knicks execs, as a knicks fan, listen to the fans! one.

  20. jaimes maclain - Aug 24, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    yoyoyoyo! :)
    Well said my man, I’m a New Yorker and have not been a Knicks fan since Latrell Sprewell and Allen Houston days. I would love to support them again if NYK’s could sign Iverson this season. It would definitely put NY back on the NBA map. You’re right about the fans. I remember last year when Knicks passed on the deal and the fans weren’t happy. They definitely was happy about AI and what he could have done for the city.
    All the best to Allen. If knicks signs him i’m back on for the ride with season tickets.
    David Stern give AI a chance and please stop hating.

  21. blackpoet53 - Aug 24, 2010 at 6:09 AM

    This type of treatment is connivant, there has been worst in the NBA and they were not treated this way. The team owners, gm’s, coaches and likewise need to relook at themselves!

  22. blackpoet53 - Aug 24, 2010 at 6:12 AM

    why don’t try goin, who good r u?

  23. blackpoet53 - Aug 24, 2010 at 6:21 AM

    Considering that the sixers is not your team, for AI not to be on the team is a great blessin, why? because their not good anyway!!!!!! and Lou (lucy) can’t touch AI’s game. Matter of fact, he tries to play like him.

  24. AI#1Fan - Aug 24, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    Matt D you sir are a idiot. His daughter was sick. The doctors could not find what was wrong for a little time, but they did find what was wrong. It was a rare condition. He was praised like crazy in Philly. If you think Philly was not a success you don’t know basketball. And should stop posting just, because you hate the guy.

  25. AI#1Fan - Aug 24, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Matt D you sir are a idiot. His daughter was sick. The doctors could not find what was wrong for a little time, but they did find what was wrong. It was a rare condition. He was praised like crazy in Philly. If you think Philly was not a success you don’t know basketball. And should stop posting just, because you hate the guy.

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