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Report: Lakers have had interest in Allen Iverson. Because that will solve everything.

Feb 12, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

Allen Iverson

Some of you may have varying opinions on Stephen A. Smith, but I would advise you to consider the following before passing judgment on the value of a rumor sourced from him. If you ever watch SAS work a room full of All-Stars, it’s just about the most fascinating thing you’ll ever see. He’s one of the very few individuals I’ve ever seen have All-Stars drop what they are doing to go reach out and approach him. This was in public, I can only imagine what happens behind close doors. The long and short of it is that Smith may not be your cup of tea, but he’s not some blogger sitting somewhere making up rumors. That’s my job. KIDDING. (I only make up terrible nicknames.)

So this report from him via ESPN on the Lakers being interested in finding the answer to their troubles in The Answer? It’s probably got legs at one end of the vine or the other.

Allen Iverson, who sources indicated the Lakers had some interest in as long as he was willing to go to the NBA Developmental League for a few weeks first, is not the answer. Hes simply not a point guard. The Lakers are also said to be interested in former Toronto Raptors point guard Rafer Alston, who helped the Orlando Magic reach the NBA Finals in 2009. But who knows if that will materialize into anything?

via Showtime is only a memory for Los Angeles Lakers against New York Knicks – ESPN Los Angeles.

“Hey, your offense suffers because it lacks players who can produce off the ball, your big men have been inconsistent, and your best player feels its in his best interest to take 28-plus shots a night, then receives no criticism  on drowning the offense because he manages to score 30-plus. I know! Allen Iverson will solve all these problems!” (Note: You can’t really blame Kobe for taking shots when his options are Troy Murphy and Jason Kapono while Andrew Bynum continues his slide back into the cuckoo nest, but it paints a more complete picture of the Lakers’ offensive troubles.)

Allen Iverson will not solve all these problems. Now, it’s clear that this was just a fleeting consideration, a flyer, a “why not?” approach. But it does show how desperate the Lakers are for someone to orchestrate the offense and create opportunities. I mean, Rafer Alston, guys?

Someone might want to tell management and the coaching staff that it isn’t 2008. The times are not a-changing. They have done changed.

Kobe and Iverson on the same team. We’re going to need to clone possessions in a hurry.

  1. shockexchange - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    The Answer to L.A. would definitely be a good look. L.A. knows how he “cooked” them in the NBA Finals years back. The Lakers need some scoring punch to complement Bynum and Gasol and A.I. would not have to carry the team like he did in Philly. Sounds like a “win-win.”

  2. b7p19 - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    If this happened, the Lakers would instantly become my favorite Western Conference team. Love me some A.I.

    • mjbulls45 - Feb 13, 2012 at 8:30 AM

      I completely agree.

      I love AI – Gtown #3, patton leather black jordans, victor page, crossover, 2000s decade king, dunk on camby, tyrron lou step back!

      PBT readers are way better then PFT readers, i dunno why,

      it just seems like the bball fans are a lil smater and think outside the box

  3. watermelon1 - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Still wondering why you’re trying to take shots at Rafer Alston.

    He was an important part of Miami getting as far as they did in the playoffs before Shaq got there. There’s no proof that if the Heat kept him, Butler, and Odom… they wouldn’t have won the championship the next year anyway.

    Then Orlando… he was an even bigger part of why that offense and defense was working. Then Stan Van Gundy ruined the whole thing, playing Jameer freaking Nelson in the finals. Just ridiculous.

    Yes, he’s had off-court issues. And yes, most people still have the notion that he can only play street ball and have no idea this guy played college ball, and has started in the NBA far longer than they can remember.

    I’d take Rafer Alston over Derrick Fisher, Steve Blake, and Allen Iverson. I’d take him over a Jameer Nelson. He’s no Chris Paul, but he could definitely help a few teams out… especially the Lakers. Before this Jeremy Lin explosion, he definitely would have been better than Toney Douglas or Iman Shumpert.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      Sorry my man, just like this article suggest, this isn’t 2008. (’09 or ’10)

  4. losangelasbasketball - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    I hear he doesnt like to practice….

    Youtube losangelasbasketball

  5. nightrain42 - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Oh heck no. That wld be a bad move

  6. sdelmonte - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    I respect SAS as a reporter. His facts are usually good. What bugs me is his opinions.

  7. progress2011 - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Kobe’s ill-advised, erratic, often out of control shot selection, has been the problem since he came into the league ( as Matt Moore mentioned in the article ):

    “Hey, your offense suffers because it lacks players who can produce off the ball, your big men have been inconsistent, and your best player feels its in his best interest to take 28-plus shots a night, then receives no criticism on drowning the offense because he manages to score 30-plus.

    Many of his future HOF teammates ( Horry, Fisher, Malone, Payton, Shaq ) have all said it.

    Phil Jackson said it in his book and only went back to coach the lakers because the Buss family threw the bank and one of the family heirs at him.

    People/ Reporters are just now starting to say it publicly !!!

    Because kobe has so much control over the ball on that team, the lakers can’t truly rebuild with talented players, until kobe is gone.

    • LPad - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Derek Fisher is not going to the Hall. Neither is Horry.

      • progress2011 - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        Ahahahaha….LPad, I don’t even think your response deserves an answer. But in the event you just started watching B-Ball:

        * Horry has more rings than kobe. He was instrumental in all SEVEN of his championships ! Any guy that wasn’t on the bench/ that started and / or had a significant contribution to the team, winning the ring = will get into the Hall ….Period !

        Note: Kobe wasn’t the MVP of his first 3 rings….Shaq was

        * Same thing with D-Fish, the guy was instrumental in every championship the lakers received. He ( nor kobe ) were the MVP of the first 3.

        I will argue, all of the starters of the lakers 3 Championships, when Shaq was the man, will or should make the Hall.

      • tcclark - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        wow this has got to be the dumbest thing i’ve ever read? When’s Steve Kerr getting into the Hall? Are all of the Bill Russell Years Celtics in the hall? Just because you contributed to a couple of championships doesn’t mean you’ll get into the Hall of Fame…. Toni Kukoc? Luc Longely?

      • progress2011 - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        tcclark….what’s even more perplexing, is that you don’t realize some guys are 1st round Hall of Famers ( ex: Jordan, Magic etc ). Others don’t get inducted for 20 years or more. A few have been inducted after they have passed away. However, their body of work made them Hall Of Famers at the end of the day.

        As I stated before, any guy that was a starter on a team and helped contribute to 3 ( or even 7 ) championships is a Hall Of Famer.

        If you live long enough, you will bear witness to Horry and D-Fish getting inducted.

      • tcclark - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        Why is this guy getting thumbs ups?

        Jim Loscutoff – 7 Championships 6.2 points 34.5% shooting
        Robert Horry – 7 Championships 7 points 4.8 rebounds
        Larry Siegfried – 5 championships 10.8 points 3.5 assists
        Michael Cooper – 5 championships 8.9 points 4.2 assists
        Ron Harper – 5 championships 13.8 points 3.9 assists
        Steve Kerr – 5 championships 6 points 45% three-point percentage
        Horace Grant – 4 Championships 11.2 points 8.1 assists

        Are those Hall of Fame players? Horry has the same number of championships as he has points per game. He only average in the double digits ONCE in his career. Honestly the person who has the best argument is Ron Harper. He was a 20 point scorer for the first 10 years of his career, but averaged about 7 for the rest of his career (when he won all of his championships.) Grant’s got the next best resume, but 11 and 6 are not hall of fame numbers.

      • tubal22 - Feb 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        @progress2011: Like others have said, Horry and Fisher will never get into the HOF. The fact that you think they will makes everything else you said worthless.

      • progress2011 - Feb 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

        Tubal…you represent the rest of kobe nation. The house has been condemned and falling down around you but because you still have a door knob/ kobe….all turns out o.k.

        The rest of us understand that kobe nation is delusional. Here is the very basic premise of my position, being explained by a sports writer on this network, after the Toronto game today :

        The once dominant, once invincible Los Angeles Lakers needed Kobe Bryant to his 9th shot out of 23 attempts in seconds remaining after gunning his team into losing the lead late Sunday in order to stave off a win from one of the worst teams in the league without their best player in Andrea Bargnani to make sure they finished 3-3 on their road trip.

        Bryant was 9-23 and missed six straight shots in the 4th quarter, but did get excellent space on the game winner because Toronto for some reason did not think to hedge to the baseline where Bryant is absolutely deadly. Bryant also had 4 turnovers and missed a free throw late to give the Raptors a chance, which of course they blew by giving it to DeMar DeRozan instead of the en fuego Jose Calderon, because Bryant was blanketing him exceptionally well.

        So to recap, the Lakers almost lost to one of the worst teams in the league because Kobe Bryant did not play well, but wound up winning because Kobe Bryant wound up playing well. Yup, everything’s fine in L.A..

      • tcclark - Feb 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        What does this have anything to do with Derek Fisher making the hall of fame?

    • cinnalocks - Feb 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      There are a lot of complaints but no solutions……And the alternative to Kobe shooting is who…….Bynum 3 points two games ago? Blake? Fisher? Gasol is getting shots. There is no longer an Odom on the team, and the small forward is non existent. Even with Kobe jacking up shots they cannot score 100 points so who would you have shoot the ball?

      • progress2011 - Feb 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

        Unfortunately Cinnalocks…….I know kobe nation doesn’t want to hear this and it is unheard of in laker nation…..BUT,

        Its Time To ” Re-Build ” !!!

        The problem laker nation faces is the fact that, no other elite player is forcing their hand to come play along side kobe !!!

        They are apparently unwilling to take a back seat to him dominating the ball ( D.Will, CP3, Howard, Billups, Kenyon Martin etc. etc. etc. )

        Plus, as with previous teams and with the current team, when things don’t go kobe’s way, he publicly throws all his other teammates underneath the bus, puts it in reverse and runs over them again.

        Who wants to play with a guy like that………..that’s the cancer !!!

        The faster you cut your losses, the sooner laker nation can re-build.

        I’m gonna say it ( I know kobe nation is gonna go krazy ) but you gotta start with retiring kobe.

        Only then can you build a ” TEAM ” ! Other than a one man, street ball show.

        Maybe kobe can go do some of his trick shots with the Harlem Globe Trotters or something.

    • progress2011 - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      tcclark… if you read my post, the premise of my commentary was :

      Kobe’s ill-advised, erratic, often out of control shot selection, has been the problem since he came into the league ( as Matt Moore mentioned in the article ):

      You and the other delusional kobe fan, read the entire paragraph, and all the reasons why kobe is a cancer and all you focused on was the one sentence that suggested Horry and D Fish are HOF players.

      You missed the rest of the entire paragraph !

      The point was never about Horry or D. Fish, the point was to help enlighten laker fans that, the sooner you rebuild, the sooner you can possibly return to significance again.

      Rebuilding will start with sending kobe to do trick shots with And1 or the Globetrotters.

  8. hawkinsob - Feb 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    “Kobe and Iverson on the same team. We’re going to need to clone possessions in a hurry.”

    No kidding. Let, see, that would be about 70 shots per night between 2 players. Better hope their shooting % stays high.

  9. progress2011 - Feb 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Id also like to add, I think Bynum and Gasol get thrown under the bus, to protect Bryant from ridicule.

    Big men / 7 footers need regular touches, to get in the flow of the game and to stay in the flow. Because they don’t bring the ball up the court, they rarely get to touch it, unless the PG or SG passes it to them.

    I believe if Bynum or Gasol played with any other premier team, they would be immediately considered a favorite to win the championship !

    Bynum to the Heat = Championship
    Gasol to the Bulls = Championship
    Bymun to the Thunder = Championship
    Gasol to the Knicks = Championship
    Gasol to the Clips = Championship
    Gasol to San Antonio = Championship
    Bynum & Gasol to Denver = Championship
    Bynum & Gasol to New Jersey = Championship
    Bynum & Gasol to the Hawks = Championship

    You get the picture. Basically, if you put one or both of these guys on any other team, a championship is VERY likely. Conversely, the lakers may limp into the playoffs.

    So, what is the additional component on the other teams, that is not on the lakers = Team Play !!!

    As opposed to one guy jacking up 20-40 shots a game…which disallows others to get into the flow !

  10. 00maltliquor - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    He wouldn’t be the “answer”, but it would sure be intriguing. I wouldn’t want him at all if the Lakers intend on playing him at the 1, but it’s worth a shot to bring him in as a scorer off the bench at the 2 guard. Lord knows we need the bench scoring, not to mention a replacement for Jason Kapono!

    Let’s review who we’ve had talks about the last few weeks…
    Allen Iverson
    Rafer Alston
    Jose Calderon
    Steve Nash
    Ramon Sessions

    All these talks about an upgrade at PG and no action…c’mon Mitch, show me something!! At this point I’m willing to take back Smush Parker! (Soooooooo f’ing around about that one!)

  11. smoothaswilkes - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Iverson hasn’t been the “answer” for years. Last I read, he was going to play in Puerto Rico. His name being mentioned is more an indictment of the Lakers PG’s than anything else.

    It behooves the Lakers to look under every rock and tree for a PG at this point. I mean Jose Calderon is lighting them up Lin-style with 20 through 3 quarters right now.

  12. bobdabruin - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    I say get them both! Lakers need all the help we can get!!!

  13. tcclark - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    If he’s willing to come of the bench, he would be a good pickup. If there is anything that iverson can do, it’s score, and the Lakers need bench scoring more than almost anything. he would improve the bench so much.

    His attitude has needed work over the years, but i think too much is made of it. The only problems i could foresee is him not wanting to come off the bench and Mike Brown not approving of his defense. Other than that, he shouldn’t clash with the team.

    With that being said, i don’t think it will happen. Allen will not want to go to the D-League. He’d rather play in Puerto Rico and hope someone calls wanting him to play right away.

  14. yahmule - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Stephen A Smith is popular with athletes for the same reason Dan LeBetard is popular with athletes. They know he will pander shamelessy to them and happily promote their individual agendas against all prevailing common sense. How can people not know this by now?

  15. losangelasbasketball - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Iverson and kobe….. Not happening period. Next topic.

  16. goforthanddie - Feb 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    The Lakers need to look at anybody and everybody. Someone like AI gets a look he normally wouldn’t for one reason only: he’s teamless. They have no one to trade for a decent active player, except the 3 they don’t want to trade. That narrows the talent pool tremendously.

  17. JB (the original) - Feb 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    They’ll come out of nowhere to sign a mystery player who goes by the name of Stephon Marbury…..

  18. shockexchange - Feb 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Iverson brought us a lot of fond memories during his playing days. He deserves to finish his career in the NBA like the rest of the all-time greats. Would love to see him go out a winner http://clicky.me/5Y6p .

    Not sure there are enough shots to go around in L.A. though. After Robert Horry, Jr. gets his 35 shot attempts what will be left for A.I.?

    • goforthanddie - Feb 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      If he “deserved” to be in the league, he’d be there. He’s not, and there’s a reason.

  19. shockexchange - Feb 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    @goforthanddie Fair point. It’s just that A.I. played at a high level for a long time and once he went to Denver, people seemed to blame the team’s woes on him. Once he went to Detroit, the Pistons’ losses were A.I.’s fault and everybody kept pushing for Rodney Stuckey to replace him. After A.I. left Denver and Detroit, both teams were either mediocre (Denver) or downright trash (Detroit). A.I. had the dilemna of playing at a high level for so long that he got criticized later on in his career if his team was not winning.

    That’s a long-winded way of saying that I think he exited the NBA with a lot to offer the league. Part of his exit was basketball-related and part because people who control public opinion (sportswriters) may have been waiting with baited breath for him to get his comeuppance.

    • progress2011 - Feb 12, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Very well written response Shockexchange. I agree 100%.

      There are ( and have always been ) a lot of politics in professional sports. Guys that are brash, confident or even cocky and don’t say the most politically correct statements and eat apple pie, get exiled early.

      Even though they still have talent.

      There have been many and will be more to come. I believe the issues LBJ, Stoudemire, D. Howard & Mello have caused, unless they start eating that apple pie real soon, when their skills start to fade…..just a little, they will be unceremoniously exiled !!!

      • Kurt Helin - Feb 13, 2012 at 3:18 AM

        Iverson’s skills faded a lot, and did you notice how once he left Memphis they got better. Teams will put up (and cover up) a lot of crap if you can play, but Iverson isn’t one of them any more.

  20. retsfdemo - Feb 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    AI is a selfish, in-debt..has been. ANSWER..to what? Let him take his Posse to LA…enjoy him LA!!

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20120212_Bill_Lyon__Iverson_on_the_rocks.html?page=1&c=y

    Story out of Philly about the thug.

  21. twoods6464 - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    The answer is done. Kobe is too

  22. shockexchange - Feb 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    There are a lot of Kobe “stans” on here who obviously regurgitate whatever they read in the newspapers or hear on T.V. The media is not in the “truth-telling” business. It is in the business of selling newspapers and getting viewers and the media has gotten a lot of mileage out of promoting Kobe.

    The “truth” is he is a very good player who only won chips when he played on teams with exceptionally more talent than the rest of the league. When he did not have exceptionally more talent, he whined and the media lamented “poor Kobe’s” plight. People have acknowledged that “Shock Exchange, everybody needs help winning titles … blah blah blah.” I totally agree. When Kobe won those chips he was “the help” – A “glorified Robert Horry.”

    • progress2011 - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      AHAHAHAHAHAahahaha………….” The Help ” …..as in cleaning toilets !!!! ahahahaha

      Now Shaq’s toilet cleaner wants another Big man !

      After Shaq helped him, Gasol helped him, now he wants Howard to please come help.

      He wants all the glory of taking the final shot but want others to get him there. Otherwise, there is going to be A LOT of bickering, whining and gnashing of teeth from….

      ” The Help ” …..ahahahaha

  23. purplerain53 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    What about Penny Hardaway or John Stockton? Aren’t they interested in this too.

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