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Can we stop with Iverson to Knicks (or anywhere) rumors?

May 28, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

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People don’t want to hear it, but Allen Iverson’s time in the NBA is done. Maybe if a couple years ago he had not been a cancer in Memphis and Philly, if he had been able to accept a reserve role and be a sixth/seventh man, he might be coming off a bench on a good team right now. Might. His skills were eroding and he’s had injuries. But he didn’t accept that role then.

All of it combined means GMs are not giving him another chance at the expense of a young player who can be groomed for the future.

Which has brought up the silly rumors that the Knicks were going to go after Iverson. From the New York Post.

But The Post has learned Iverson is one CAA client the Knicks won’t pursue, deeming it too big a gamble. The mercurial 76ers great appeared in Philadelphia on Wednesday for his former team’s Game 6 against the Celtics and told a national TV audience: “I want to play basketball so bad.”

Knicks coach Mike Woodson was on Larry Brown’s Sixers staff for two seasons coaching Iverson, 36, who last played in Turkey in 2010-11.

The Knicks are a team that needs guards, that will be without Iman Shumpert to start the season (due to his ACL) and we have no idea who is running the point.

And they are not taking a shot on Iverson.

Iverson even seemed to accept that when talking on the ESPN broadcast during the Celtics/Sixers Game 6, saying he thought his time in the NBA may be done.

That feeling is pretty universal around the league. Guys love what Iverson was, but he is not the future.

  1. devasher - May 28, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    “and we have no idea who will run the point”

    Jeremy Lin just shed a tear…

  2. ss3walkman - May 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    If there’s room in the league for Derek Fisher, there’s room for a vet like A.I..

    What is a Dooling?? Haha

    • edweird0 - May 29, 2012 at 2:43 AM

      Truth.

  3. drewzducks - May 28, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Nice of Philly to have that bake sale for him before game 6. It was a bit awkward when they asked him to give back the jersey and hat though.

  4. cw3214 - May 28, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    @drewzducks, Iverson still has more money than you will ever see. http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/02/report-allen-iverson-is-not-broke-because-a-friend-was-smart/

  5. mrlitl - May 28, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    I’d pick up AI. He still has upside as a reserve.

  6. nokoolaidcowboy - May 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Yes…let’s stop the “Rumor Mill”. Hmmm, where do we start…

    • deadeyedesign23 - May 28, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. I hadn’t heard of this rumor until I read this article essentially chastising itself.

  7. greej1938l - May 28, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Your going to look silly if he somehow plays in league next yr!

  8. fireflies3 - May 28, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    I`d pick up AI in a millisecond. Thanks for the motivation Kurt. Never thought I`d here the media complain about rumors. lmao. Youre hilarious Helin.

    btw, the knicks should have signed AI in 2011-2012 season. they started the season with baron davis, mike bibby, toney douglas < Allen Iverson

    http://bebe310.blogspot.com/2012/05/notable-sports-figures-speak-out-for.html
    http://bebe310.blogspot.com/2012/05/allen-iverson-still-got-it-never-lost.html
    http://bebe310.blogspot.com/2012/04/allen-iverson-career-stats-simply.html
    http://bebe310.blogspot.com/2012/05/allen-iverson-still-got-it-never-lost_28.html

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