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Report: Allen Iverson in discussions to play in Puerto Rico

Feb 6, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

Allen Iverson

To borrow a line from NFL Red Zone Channel man Andrew Siciliano:

Practicar? Hablamos de practicar?

After playing a couple years in Turkey but not being able to get a look from an NBA team, Allen Iverson is in negotiations to play in the Puerto Rican league, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Iverson’s business manger Gary Moore has talked with Puerto Rico officials, and the league’s teams are discussing a bidding process to woo Iverson.

The Puerto Rican league, which starts its 30-game season in March, pays its stars about $20,000 a month, plus living expenses, sources said. The league’s commissioner is selling Iverson on the chance to work his way back to a possible return to the NBA.

While there is a rich tradition of basketball in Peurto Rico (their international team will take part in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament this summer and have a solid shot at getting one of the three remaining spots in the London games), the national league itself does not see a lot of guys jump from there to the NBA. They have former NBA guys — Ike Diagu is signed for this year — but while the level of play is pretty good its steps below the NBA.

That said, Iverson would be a huge draw in the island nation.

Iverson and his representative reached out to a number of NBA teams before the season but there was no interest. In 2010 Iverson played parts of the season for the Grizzlies and 76ers, but in both cases was not terribly productive on the court and a distraction off it. Which has scared teams off. He played last season in Turkey.

  1. knicks4life - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    He was beast on Denver

  2. bearsstillsuck - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    At least he wasn’t starting fights in china.

  3. tomshoe - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Honestly AI, If you really want a shot at the NBA, then join the D-League.

    All the veterans are in there, trying to make a comeback to the NBA. People like Greg Ostertag, Mikki Moore, Mike James, and Walker Russell Jr. are down there. Plus there are scouts crawling all over the place, you’d be sure to at least get a chance from some team desperate for a PG. Lakers, Knicks, maybe?

    • youngyankee - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM

      Shame on you for grouping Allen Iverson with Mikki Moore, Greg Ostertag, etc. forreal.

      AI not being in the NBA has nothing to do with his ability to ball. Everyone knows he could still ball.
      Does Gilbert Arenas need to join the D-League for a shot in the NBA?….exactly my point.

  4. mjbulls45 - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    @knicks4life ,

    I dunno if ur being serious or sarcastic,

    but heres the deal, within the next 10 days there will be a new application where users can be more interactive with other users,

    if ur serious – hey , drinks- on me, my girlfriends busty friends – on me, time of ur life – on me.

    I love g’town. big John, and AI – always


    what MVP in any pro league sport would do a D-league, please be joking.

    ur the guy at the bar with his homies, and 0 girls.


    my opinion,

    this is a blacklist vs AI bc of his thuggish-ness and past,

    he still can give an NBA team 15-20, a hot night 30 ,

    off the bench,

    teams with SERIOUS title aspirations could use him definitely ,

    he is instant offense off the bench and could fit in with at least 5 out of the 8 contenders for an NBA title.

    I wont speculate on what team would fit best,

    but a LOT of teams could use him.

    and anyone who seriously hates on AI , does not KNOW basketball,

    no guard his size EVER comes into the NBA and does what he did,

    but if ur not a real ball fan or have never played the game, i dont blame u ,

    u wouldnt know.

    • tomshoe - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:25 PM


      First off, liking your own comment fail.

      Second, why are you up on the computer insulting some random guy, when you could be with your “GF” (and when I mean GF, I mean your right hand). Go get a life, I’m just offering my opinion.

      I bet your GF gives awesome handjobs.

      • mjbulls45 - Feb 7, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        ur mad corny , “fail” lil online thing, ok lol and all that

        u square,

        at work i have alotta down time, i like to pick apart dumb comments from haters like u ,

        at the end of the day i just have a lil fun online, i know i know, i will get back to my real life of hooking up with girls, blowing trees, and going to games.

        lord take my life today if i have to front to a guy named tomshoe online,

        square [] haha

  5. granadafan - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Iverson will never make it back in the NBA because he’s a cancer. He doesn’t improve teams, but is only interested in his stats. When the coaches have had enough of his selfish play he throws tantrums.

  6. youngyankee - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    The A.I story is just heartbreaking. I won’t defend some of his actions on and off the court but he’d be the first person to tell you, people make mistakes and poor decisions.

    But to a certain degree, the NBA has shitted on Iverson his whole career.

    When he won the ROY, the NBA didn’t publicize AI with his trophy because he was wearing a doo-rag.
    The NBA practically made the dress-code because they were afraid of his influences on the league.

    Yes, AI has an ego, a “It’s My Team” mentality but other greats have had the same. Only difference is that others were just more likeable.

    Jason Kidd this year has been HORRIBLE, but when he returns, he’ll be the starting point guard out of respect. Carlisle wouldn’t dare bench a future hall of famer like that.

    Why doesn’t AI get the same treatment? He’s said that his whole career, that he NEVER got the same respect that other Franchsie Players get.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      It’s not AI on the court that hurts him now, it’s that two seasons ago he wrecked the locker room chemistry in Memphis (remember how much better they got when he left) and Philly. GMs don’t want to risk it again. And there would be so much media attention, just a lot of risk and noise for a guy who is now a backup PG.

  7. teton818 - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    AI best player of his size that ever play this game! Top 10 of all time for sure. If Arenas and/or Sheed get à come back and not him then nba is like the law: one big joke

  8. tcclark - Feb 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    The reason he won’t make it back is because people don’t think he’d be willing to take a reserve role. And they might be right. He should’ve just hung it up when he left the Sixers the second time.

  9. tominma - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Iverson’s been blackballed??? Geee… never heard that one before. Maybe he has financial problems and is trying to hang on long past his expiration date to make some xtra money. If he couldnt make it in Philly, he no longer can make it anywhere in the NBA. Just sayin…..

    • tcclark - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      you mean the first place Sixers team????? He put up good numbers during his second stint in Philly, but left to take care of his sick daughter. He did make it in Philly, but family came first.

  10. ihatetoneydouglas - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Iverson is almost 37 years old folks,and he deteriorated a lil bit faster than Nash.Maybe he hasnt been picked up because he doesnt have it anymore.

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