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Allen Iverson may be headed to China

Sep 11, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

This is how the legend ends. Not with a bang, but with a contract in freaking China, playing against Stephon Marbury.

Allen Iverson, former MVP, former Finals competitor, former NBA All-Star, may be headed to China, according to Hoops Market.

There’s been no word from Iverson about whether he’s accept playing in China, but his NBA prospects certainly have come up short. There’s been no word of any team interested in Iverson for months. He’s dropped off the radar nearly everywhere, to the point you have to wonder if there’s something more going on here. Besides, you know, the age, ego, and the fact that he abandoned one team last season (the Grizzlies) and had to leave another for a personal family issue with his daughter (which was understandable, but complicated by a party promotion that came out during the same time featuring him).

Not that there’s anything wrong with the CBA, but it’s just such a step down from the NBA. But Iverson’s skillset simply doesn’t lend itself to contributing as he gets older. Unless a team finds themselves in a real spot, this may be Iverson’s only option to play basketball professionally this season. And that’s just depressing.

  1. birdmantd - Sep 11, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    I hope he takes a slow boat there.

  2. Michael Warren - Sep 11, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Where is the world coming to? First Stephon Marbury! Now this! Man!!! If he does go to China he’ll lead the league in scoring. He’ll take his team to the championship. No doubt.

  3. tha realist - Sep 11, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Why are these talented NBA players not in the league and going overseas? Stephon Mabury, Stromile Swift, Ricky Davis, James Singleton and now Allen Iverson.

  4. bigmike - Sep 11, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Allen Iverson. Rookie of the year. 4 time scoring champion. NBA MVP. Led NBA in steals 3 times. All-NBA first team 3 times and second team 3 times. 3rd team 1 time. 11 time NBA all star. Known for passion, toughness and lethal scoring ability. Olympic champion. Can come off the bench if a team gives him a chance. And can’t get a job. Unbelievable.

  5. you - Sep 11, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    how could you possibly know that he’d be willing to come of the bench…. the guy still wants to be the focal point of whatever teams he goes to. he’ll take away shots and bitch when he doesn’t get his way….i for one still own an iverson jersey and am a huge fan. but dont kid yourself into believing he’s willing to do what he needs to to get on an nba team…i dont think theres anything wrong with him going to china…prob get a better contract to pay off some of that debt

  6. Miss J.D. - Sep 11, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    WHACK ASS DAVID STERN HAS TAKEN A FEUD WITH THIS MAN AND DESTROYED HIS CAREER. THE NBA NOW STANDS 4 “NATIONAL BITCH ASSOCIATION” WHAT A PIG!

  7. Phil - Sep 11, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Diva syndrome: when one person puts himself above his team, and doesn’t care what he destroys in the process. See Stephon Marbury, Allen Iverson

  8. joe - Sep 11, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Iverson already said he has no problem coming off the bench and he swallowed his ego and became a good role player last year according to Philly’s GM. This China rumor is unbelievable. That’s for Juan Dixon, Marbury, guys like that. Iverson is still better than half the league…probably not a starter anymore but he’s better than most backup guards talent wise. His reputation (half deserved, half unfair) has ruined him. Still tho, the guy still has a lot left in the tank. I caught a game a few months ago where he destroyed the Lakers for a quarter or two.

  9. Mo - Sep 11, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Iverson being selfish is actually kind of a myth. When he played with no talent he ball hogged, when he played WITH talent he shared the ball. He got Chris Webber 20 shots a game, and he cut down his shots a lot when he played with Carmelo. When he was here in Denver, Kleiza and Nene both credited him with reviving their games by passing to them even too much (in George Karl’s opinion). He’s no John Stockton, but he’s also not a blackhole on offense. A lot of good PG’s can’t even average 7 assists a game.

  10. SHEEEEED - Sep 11, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    The “party promotion” the writer talks about after he left to care for his daughter, was for CHARITY and had been planned for months. All ticket sales went to scholarships for inner-city highschool kids. Bad timing? Yes. but again that shows how the media can be unfair at times.

  11. Tank - Sep 11, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    I’d bet a lot of money his team would not win the championship. He’s not the first American to go over there, but he would be the first to be successful. I’d be surprised if he even finishes the season.

  12. loungefly - Sep 11, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Wow…I cant believe the amount of people here thinking AI is still a force to be reckoned with in the NBA. If 30 NBA teams don’t want this guy, there is a good reason. They know a lot more than we do about the players. I saw a great talent, who as he got older and slower, not accept a proper role. His ego got the best of him. He became a virus in the locker room (Ya hearing this T-Mac?). Starbury got a clue, hopefully AI will too. There are too many good NBA players now available for a team to waste their time on a guy like this. I thought AI was great. I remember watching Hoyas games thinking this guy is going to dominate…and he did…but his time is done…time to move on. He will get paid $$$ in China, be a star attraction, and become a top player there. It makes sense. Good luck AI.

  13. NBEEAY - Sep 12, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    I dont think anyone thinks Iverson is still a major force but he’d be the best backup guard for almost any team. Darko can get a job while he sleepwalks through games but Iverson can’t?

  14. mbison - Sep 12, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    AI would probably make millions just on endorsements in China. If Marbury, a guy who doesnt have half the skills or star power of Iverson, can sell more shoes than anyone over there, just imagine what Iverson could do……..back to basketball tho. Iverson is far from washed up. If his reputation wasn’t so damaged, he would’ve been signed the first week of July. The irony is that Iverson is finally ready for a 6th man role, but now no one wants him. Sad. The guy is still a very good NBA player.

  15. Sal - Sep 12, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    “This is how the legend ends.Not with a bang, but with a contract from freaking China.” Matt Moore what’s the hell wrong with you! You sound like going to China is like ending in a remote Island with leprosy. Come on! If that’s the only opportunity and AI has to go there to feed his family and earn an income, then the man has to do what he has to do.

  16. Nat - Sep 12, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    As flawed as A.I. is he should never be compared to guys such as guys like Stephon Marbury or Steve Francis. While i’m not much of an Iverson fan it would be sad to see him end up in China and he would inevitably be grouped with Marbury forever. Iverson is not just a former allstar. This guy was possibly the best player on the planet for a brief moment. I’d love for the Thunder to bring him here off the bench. He could help Westbrook like he mentored Jrue Holiday last year in Philly.

  17. JP - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    DON’T COUNT BIG AL OUT JUST YET………I DON’T BELIEVE THE SEASON WILL PASS WITHOUT SOMEONE IN THE NBA GIVING HIM A CHANCE………IF A TEAM DOES SIGN HIM HE WILL REALLY HELP THEM………………LETS BE REAL WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A MAN THAT’S A TRUE SUPERSTAR AND HAS BEEN ON TOP OF THE BAKETBALL WORLD FOR A LONG TIME….WHAT WOULD MAKE ANYBODY BELIEVE HE WOULD ACCEPT A LESSER ROLE THAN HE KNOWS HE DESERVES……….HIS “B” GAME IS STILL BETTER THAN MANY NBA STARTERS…AND THE MAN SELLS TICKETS…..HIS BAGGAGE….PLEASE!!……
    …MANY GREAT PLAYERS HAVE BAGGAGE AND BAD RAPS…ONE GUY EVEN HAD A RAPE CHARGE AND HE’S STILL PLAYING….. AND BEING TREATED LIKE THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD….HELLO??? DID YOU GUYS FORGET???
    ALLEN IS SPECIAL…..JORDAN WSN’T A SAINT AND NEITHER WAS QUITE A FEW OTHERS……..
    THE BOY CAN FLAT OUT PLAY……AND STILL HAS A LOT OF GAME LEFT….HE KNOWS IT’S TIME TO BE THE SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR…CUT THE MAN SOME SLACK…IT HASN’T BEEN AN EASY RIDE FOR HIM TO FACE THAT REALITY…….STAY STRONG AL THE WORLD HASN’T SEEN THE LAST OF YOU YET……………….JP

  18. rjmaech - Sep 13, 2010 at 6:26 AM

    its a disgrace for the NBA,, not to having him play the game in the highest level is a big shame,.. why should the best little guy in the planet to ever play the game be treated this…. man,…. whats on your mind coaches,,,.. GMs…,, well, reasonable maybe his down with some injuries, and facing aging problem… but guys,,, watch his plays last season.. though the little time being with the sixers,,, he still showed us the moves and shots that made him not once, not twice but four times scoring champ…. if he aint playing next season… surely ill never gona watch the NBA no more….

  19. Omnius - Sep 13, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    As long as Ball Hog Iverson has already ended his career stinking up American basketball courts I’m glad. The little ball hog has always been overhyped and he never was a good team player. Bet he doesn’t last the seasaon in China before he bails out on them.

  20. Anonymous - Sep 13, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Now that’s true statement A I still has skill to play with a decent NBA team like L A,Miami,Boston,and Magic

  21. Anthem - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    In a world where most pro athletes don’t play their hardest and only live for money, the guy known for always going hard 100% can’t get a minimum contract. I dont care that he’s not on Lebron’s level anymore and I dont really care that he was mad about backing up a rookie in Memphis. Just like i couldnt care less if he raps and gets tattoos. I just like athletes that play hard. Dive for looseballs when the game is out of reach, always play injured. We love to talk about the oldschool athlete–no pads, playing with this bone broken or that muscle torn. THOSE ARE THE ONLY PRO ATHLETES WORTH PAYING THESE RIDICULOUS TICKET PRICES TO SEE! Like him or not, that’s always been Iverson.

  22. Anticipating A.I. - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Anthem – No truer words have ever been written about the Guy. Say what you say, but you got to admire the guy’s heart N hussle.

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