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Report: Allen Iverson willing to start comeback in D-League

Feb 16, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

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John Ireland, the Lakers radio play-by-play person and long-time Los Angeles sports radio and television personality, told an interesting story on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles today:

The Lakers had interest in giving Allen Iverson a shot before the season started and offered him a contract — but he had to start with the D-Fenders, the Lakers D-League team. He would get a call up to the Lakers when he proved ready.

That killed the deal, Ireland reported.

But beggars can’t be choosers and apparently Iverson’s attitude has changed, reports Chris Broussard at ESPN.

Iverson is willing to play in the Caribbean, in South America or even in the D-League if it gives him a chance to return to the NBA, the source said.

“Allen only wants to play if there’s a possibility that it leads to the NBA,” the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “That’s the only way he would go to one of these lower leagues. He wants to get back to the NBA and leave the game on his terms.”

While there was talk of Iverson playing in Puerto Rico, there is nothing imminent, according to the report.

It’s hard not to wonder if this is tied to Iverson’s reported financial troubles. If he really would accept a D-League assignment it seems like that could be the path he wants to get back to the NBA. But there will be no guarantees from teams of an NBA spot — after Iverson’s last year in Memphis and Philly teams are leery. They think the off-the-court distraction and media circus would not be worth what they get on the court from him at this point.

  1. dsimp724 - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    d-league we’re talking about the d-league. not the nba not the nba that i love but we talking about the d-league!

  2. Justin - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    I feel like we have all seen this movie and, unfortunately for Iverson, it doesn’t end well.

  3. turnmymicup - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    How sad is this story right? Once everyones favorite point guard. I thought this guy was going to be in the NBA breaking ankles forever. Now he can’t even find a team that will let him ride the bench. He should’ve took the offer from the lakers when it was on the table. I wonder if he still has that deadly crossover though.

    • bozosforall - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      The Lakers would be better off with “L’il Bow Wow”, a younger, shorter, less talented option…but still with (according to Bow Wow) “the ill crossover like Iverson”.

  4. cmbailey7384 - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    The man who once crossed over MJ, the man who was once NBA MVP, that man is going to have to go through the D-League… never thought I would see that

  5. isujames - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    sounds like he does need the $$$$$ to me.

  6. totallydisgusted - Feb 17, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    The moral of the story: no tackey jewelry, stop impregnating loose women, invest/save money, say no to family and hangers on.

  7. dixx8ball - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    if the dope would have got rid of half the blood suckers that he allowed to hang around him, which attributed to him blowing tons of cash and also too his attitude, he would have finished a great career and been constantly talked about as one of the all time best. The things he could do and did do were amazing for a man of his size.

    Great career gone up in smoke…

  8. tominma - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Ive got the feeling that AI cant seem to let go of basketball or that he’s in financial trouble. If it’s either, it’s too bad really.

  9. minnesotablizzard - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    I saw him in Vegas either last summer or the summer before playing slot machines with a big posse watching..what a waste of time/money for a guy that already had reports swirling about his financial issues.

  10. karlton2 - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    I don’t know any franchise players that play in the D-League.
    I don’t know any Olympian that that plays in the D-League.
    I don’t know any All-Star that plays in the D-League.
    I don’t know any former MVP that plays in the D-League.
    I don’t know any three-time scoring champion that plays in the D-League.
    I don’t know any first team All-NBA (player) that plays in the D-League.

    • florida727 - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      So what you’re saying is that Iverson would be a trailblazer! A true first-of-his-generation pioneer. Good for him…

    • maureeng33 - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      Antoine Walker is on the Idaho Stampede, but he only qualifies for the all star and franchise player achievements. If Allen Iverson is serious about wanting to make a comeback, he is going to have to go through the D-League, have a massive attitude overhaul, go to some sort of thing like rehab for his gambling addiction, and he has to accept a bench role at this stage of his career. Although, he is probably a better option than Derek Fisher at point guard.

  11. t16rich - Feb 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    I gotta give him credit if he does get the chance. If he plays D-League, he will be doing somthing all his haters wouldnt expect him too. And for that I give an ego maniac like Allen credit.

  12. wilfredo31 - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Iverson is going to play in my home town. Team. Mayaguez indios. Here in Puerto Rico. All. The game tickets have bin. Sold. He one of the greates. Point guard of the game he diserve. More. Respect

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