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Friday And-1 links: What is Allen Iverson’s legacy?

Aug 31, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

Allen Iverson

Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Republicans love bashing Obama… well, maybe not that much.

Just how good was Allen Iverson? Ethan Sherwood Strauss argues his style of game was bad for a generation of ballers to imitate.

• Iverson’s crossover would have been among the all-timers on this list, but who now has the NBA’s most signature moves.

Nick Collison‘s story about going with other NBA players to Kenya for UNICEF is eye-opening and a must-read.

• The Rockets have waived big man Sean Williams. The Timberwolves and others have some interest.

• The Bobcats hope they can reach Tyrus Thomas in a way previous coaches could not. Let’s just say a lot of the people who have worked with Thomas in the past had that same thought and wish. Yet here we are.

Take a look at some pictures of high schooler, pre-unibrow Anthony Davis.

• Darius Songaila, who played pretty well during the Olympics, is willing to take less money to play in the NBA (as opposed to contracts he’d get in Europe) to be closer to his child who lives here.

• This year the Lakers broadcasts in Los Angeles will move to the new Time Warner Cable SportsNet, which launches Oct. 1. You know, that crazy big local television that allows the Lakers to have a payroll $17 million more than any other team in the league next season. But there is an issue, the new channel does not have contracts to air on DirecTV, Verizon FIOS, AT&T U-Verse or any other cable outlet in the Southern California region that is not Time Warner. A lot of fans could find it hard to see Lakers games in Los Angeles. And people are getting worried about it.

• Yes, the Bobcats picked up Ramon Sessions, but don’t be surprised if Kemba Walker is the starting point guard.

• A fantastic story about the Lakers Steve Blake, who sponsors a child in Rwanda, going with his wife to meet the girl and see how she lives.

• Patrick Ewing is taking a year off coaching and will try to relaunch his “Ewing Athletics” shoe brand.

• Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren has taken himself out of the running for the 76ers GM job.

• Remember how the Warriors were taking to hold their draft position last year and keep their pick? Well, they are giving up a lot of picks in the next couple years as well.

• Hilton Armstrong has reached a deal with Panathinaikos in Greece.

  1. timb12 - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    When I see little kids play I see more Iverson in them than I do Battier. Or anyone else who is a solid team first guy. But to be fair, these kids probably don’t know who Iverson is, so he’s not really to blame.

    • KIR - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:04 AM

      THUG LIFE BABY! Magic, Bird and Jordan dam near made the NBA the nations #1 sport and then this clown came in to the league as the future top player and just P@#SED and SH*#@ED all over their hard work. An entire generation of Black adolescents and teenagers idolized and imitated this guy. He was the superstar athlete who brought the gangsta rap, big balla image to the NBA. An immature, cornrow, tattooed, wannabe gangsta buffoon. A sociopath who thought the world revolved around his shallow backside. He was the symbol for the “I got mine, contempt for authority and team play” attitude that permeates parts of the black community and to a certain extent almost screwed up the NBA. That’s why he lost in Philly, The Olympics, Denver and Detroit. And, when he left these organizations became BETTER.

      Before he entered the league and glamorized the NBA “Thug/Gangsta Rap Wannabe Player”, the NBA was don’t miss TV, attendance was up, and it was close to the most popular sport in this country. Now, the NBA is just starting to change back to the Magic, Bird, Jordan likable athlete image they had before. No Iverson, the world does not revolve around you and the NBA DOES NOT NEED YOU! It’s funny and never surprises me…. when these wannabe thugs start feeling some heat they all fold like chairs. I’m certain at some point in the future we’ll see him on TV crying talking about about what could have been.

  2. dpeter11 - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Iverson’s legacy? One word. PRACTICE

    • KIR - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:36 AM

      Legacy? I read this Great article by a blogger Repost
      I was asked to pray for Allen Iverson. Actually, the “basketball world” was asked to pray for Allen Iverson. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Stephen A. Smith, that’s what Iverson’s close friend and business manager, Gary Moore, has asked us to do. I won’t. Moore is asking for divine intervention in a career that was so blessed with opportunity and fortune. A life endowed with tremendous ability and natural talent. But Iverson’s shortcomings are on him. Don’t ask us to pray. Iverson was one of the best to ever grace the hardwood. He was fast, tough and deadly from inside and out. He took a mediocre 76ers team to the NBA Finals on his back, and by himself, willed them to one gritty win over the Lakers in 2001. Iverson, though, was always selfish. Later in his career, reflecting on his quarrels with former 76ers coach Larry Brown, Iverson said, “You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.” Constant tantrums and the infamous “practice” news conference ultimately led to the end of Allen Iverson in Philadelphia and he was given new life in Denver. He still could not find it in himself to share the ball or the spotlight, averaging nearly 20 shots a night.

      When he was given yet another rebirth in a trade to Detroit, he promised to do whatever the coach asked. He, again, couldn’t do it. He would later blame the coaching, and the Pistons front office for lying to him about his duties as a Piston. No one bought it. Iverson infected the Pistons with a sickness. He divided the locker room and change Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince forever. He was given another opportunity in Memphis. That lasted less than 10 games because, apparently, a paycheck wasn’t enough. Then, finally, Philadelphia gave him one last chance to revive his career. He failed. Out of money, out of sorts and out of skill, Iverson may be done forever. Iverson’s sense of entitlement is what led to his demise on the court. Off the court, a life of gambling and booze may lead to his ultimate demise. A man that was handed everything now finds his handlers asking people for their prayers. Well, find a new audience. This never-ending saga has been exhausting for the NBA world and now nauseating for its fans. I refuse to pray for someone who has taken everything and given back nothing but childish and detrimental behavior. For the thousands of talented youths who would do anything to have the opportunities that Iverson has been handed over and over again, it is in their name that I will not pray for him. No one is beyond redemption. Iverson’s redemption, however, must come from himself. It must be a will to change, perhaps in consultation with his own high power. That said, I am apathetic about the outcome.

  3. zblott - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Iverson’s effect on the Sixers’ W-L record was truly significant at a HOF-level for only 3 years. Take a look at how his presence affected his team’s success:

  4. hmax13 - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Best scoring PG I have ever seen play.

  5. illadelphiasphinest - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    One of the greatest PG’s to ever play the game.

  6. diamondmo33 - Sep 1, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Jamal Crawford:best x over in the league

  7. sasquash20 - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    AI was a great talent. Super fast and athletic, fearless, full of energy, and spunk. But he played on nothing but crap teams and he never embraced the team way to play. Can’t really blame him. Who did he play with in Philly? Glen Robinson? Toni K? DC? The sixers did a bad job building around him. And to be fair if the NBA actually called half the fouls they should have on Shaq in the 01 finals the Sixers would have won the title that year.

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