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Report: Allen Iverson says he’ll play in China if no NBA shot

Sep 4, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

Former NBA player Allen Iverson waves to his fans after signing a contract with Besiktas in Istanbul Reuters

Despite the fervent wishes of his fans, Allen Iverson is not going to get another shot in the NBA. Teams are not showing interest. There are health concerns and his game has deteriorated to the point that he is not considered worth the disruption and distraction his presence would bring into a locker room (how he ended it in Memphis and Philly doesn’t help).

But if he’s not playing in the NBA he could be playing in China.

That according to a report in a Chinese hoops publication NetEase, found and translated by Hoopshype.

“I definitely want to return to the NBA, but if I can’t get back there, I’m hoping to play ball here (China).”

With regards to his team of choice, Iverson chose to reply obliquely, saying: “I’m not leaning towards any one team, and there’s no ‘first choice’ like what the others say.” However, Iverson points to the CBA as one of his backup options. “China is still one of my choices, but the team that wants me to join has got to show me that they really mean it, like ‘hey we really need you’.”

“We really need you” is the new “show me the money,” apparently.

Iverson has played for a season in Turkey… well, most of a season until he got injured. Him going overseas is not new.

China makes a lot of sense — teams there would be willing to pay and he certainly would be a draw. He could be a star in that league the way Stephon Marbury is — Starbury is getting statues.

That is, if Iverson can embrace the culture changes, something we saw during the lockout was not easy for everyone. But this makes the most sense for him if he’s looking to play and get paid.

  1. sun602 - Sep 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    JR Smith got fined plenty for missing practice in China…just sayin

    • woefulsoxfan - Sep 4, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      for missing practice?! practice?! not a game! not a game! not a game! we talking about practice?! fined for missing PRACTICE? How can he be a franchise player, and get fined for missing practice! Not a game!

    • florida727 - Sep 4, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      You’re talking about practice? Practice? Not games. You’re talking about PRACTICE?

  2. yankeesgameday - Sep 4, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    even if he played in China, he still wouldn’t be the tallest guy on the team

  3. omniusprime - Sep 4, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Good Riddance! Iverson has been the most overrated player in any sport ever, not to mention the biggest crybaby ever. Sorry but Iverson doesn’t deserve to play in the NBA nor does he belong in the Hall of Fame, just the Hall of Shame. Besides what NBA team could ever trust this flake to play an entire season instead of finding some excuse to flake out early and just take the money and run?

    • sasquash20 - Sep 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Iverson is a selfish me first player. He didn’t practice or carry himself the way he should have. But without a doubt he deserves to be in the HOF. He is 5 foot 11 inches and lead the NBA in scoring what 3 straight years. He carried a team to the finals that had no business being there(and if they called half the fouls they should have on Shaq he would have won it all that year). The sixers never brought him any real superstar talent to help him. Oh wait I’m sorry Glenn Robinson and Chris Weber what am I talking about.

    • itsthemelman82 - Sep 4, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      “the most overrated player in any sport ever”… that’s not absurd, it’s stupid! People always fail to realize that A.I. played 2 guard and NOT point guard. as a rookie he played pg and averaged 7.5, which is decent.

    • don444 - Sep 23, 2012 at 3:18 AM

      Ridiculous contention on your part, omniusprick, but then again, you’re not alone as most folks are little more than ridiculous upon examination. Try not to be an idiot all of your life!

  4. lakerluver - Sep 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Marbury v. A.I. for the championship of China!! This is pretty sad. Not because they both might be playing in China. But because the NBA doesn’t want anything to do with them.

  5. tannethrill - Sep 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    How hard would it be for guys that still have name appeal to join and just play a traveling game. Maybe four teams of former stars that just can’t cut it in the NBA, go from city to city playing two games a team, winner vs winner and loser vs loser of the first two games.

    Could be affordable and more of a draw than the globetrotters. Sounds like former players that are friendly would enjoy the company later in their career and still look good to comparable talent.

  6. bubba703 - Sep 4, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    AI in China? Two words: Buh Bye.

  7. mojosmagic - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    AI has to no one to blame but himself. He never took care of his body, drank like a fish, and whored around until all hours of the night. His skills eroded and that’s on him. No tears for AI.

    • donrwells3 - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:53 PM

      So, you a vegan that’s never touched red meat or a glass of wine? Never a few beers? Never wasted? Never had sex with a couple women that you regret?

      Stop throwing stones, nobody is perfect you judgmental prick.

  8. overheaddoor1981 - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    I agree no tears for him but I do believe in a second chance I’d like to see him catch on for one more season in the nba

  9. badintent - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    A.I. learn from J.R. Don’t bring ya mamma. she gonna get tossed every night from area. Two, show up on time at PRACTICE or get fined a million bucks ( like J.R. ) Even Starbury had no sympathy for J.R. on that one.And three, ya’ll get all the barb-b-que ribs there ya can handle plus Dim Sum.Wear your chains, Chinese into bling big time, just don’t hang in Hong Kong, lots of gangs like to kidnap rich folks there who show off their $$$.

  10. eugenesaxe - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Does he not have any friends to smack him upside the head and tell him “Nobody in the NBA will pay you”? Every time this story is run, he just looks more pathetic.

  11. muhangis - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Old and beyond washed up, no defense, doesn’t like to pass, very low fg %, too many turnovers, poor 3 pt. shooter, avg ft shooter, bad influence on the younger players, low rebounder (even as a sg), 5’11, overpaid, arrogant, will quit on your team 25 games in, (if miracle hypothetical he does not…) will def slow down come the playoffs, refuses to move/play off the ball / no team play / sets zero screens, disrespects the head coach, his last 3 teams he played for fared abysmally, will demand high minutes despite his predictable low production, fakes injuries…….

    … oh but he was able to score alot of points 5 years ago.. MAN GET THIS GUY AN NBA CONTRACT! THE INJUSTICE!

  12. muhangis - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    If I had a Div III college girl’s team I still wouldn’t take him.

    • donrwells3 - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      I’m just saying…

      If you had a chance to take him for that team… and you didn’t…

      you would be fired. he would be league mvp.

    • donrwells3 - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      Wish you the best A.I.

      Hope you get another shot somewhere

  13. tubal22 - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Yeah…. remember when he was going to play in Turkey if he didn’t have a shot in the NBA? He played what? 10 games?

    Then he tried to get a job in peurto rico for $5,000 a week, and they turned him down.

    He was a great player, but he’s done. Stick a fork in him.

  14. congocash - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Hes gonna burn that bridge faster than jr smith did….

  15. mgavin78 - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    So then it shall be China. NBA done with AI.

  16. raider2124 - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Iverson has not been relevant in 5 years. He was the beginning of the end of the NBA . Go getum chuck. Maybe you can surround yourself with the loser and leaches like you did in the NBA. Odds of chuck ending up in a china prison are even money

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