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Allen Iverson is not signing on with Israeli team. So stop it.

Oct 5, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

Allen Iverson

The rumors started out of an Israeli sports Web site and quickly picked up steam in major US outlets, in part because Allen Iverson is a draw, and in part because there are a segment of Allen Iverson fans stuck in a decade-old time warp, convinced that if teams just saw him play they’d give him another chance in the NBA. (Teams have seen him play and it’s not happening.)

So the buzz starts — Iverson is going to sign with Maccabi Haifa, an Israeli team that later this month will be in the United States for exhibition games against the Warriors and Timberwolves. It would be a draw. And the coach of Haifa is former Sixers GM Brad Greenberg. So….

Not. Going. To. Happen. Never was. From the fantastic international site Sportando.

Contrarily to reports from Israeli media, mostly from Sport5.co.il, Allen Iverson won’t be joining Maccabi Haifa for the two exhibition games in NBA against Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves. Sportando’s David Pick spoke with Brad Greenberg, Maccabi Haifa coach and ex 76ers GM, who denied all the rumors: ‘It is natural for people to link us up but I have not spoken to Allen in years’ said Greenberg.

Folks, can we move on here? Iverson is never going to play in the NBA again. Sorry. The risk is not worth the reward to teams. It in no way diminishes what Iverson was and how he changed the game and the culture around it. However, time marches on.

But Iverson rumors live on like Tupac.

  1. illcomm - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    I just came back from Istanbul this summer and they love him there. Kids wear his jersey and if mo chance is left in the nba, he should just play there again.

    • badintent - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      Yeah right, another turkey for Turkeyland.They can have him, just shows you how stupid wanna be western Muslims are !

  2. makeham98 - Oct 5, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    He’d be a top 10 pick in the Jewish Community Center league.

  3. yournuts - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Now I can sleep tonight.

  4. j0esixpack - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    It’s joke that anyone thought this was going to happen.

    I mean, who are they going to cut to get fit him on the roster? Tzubrevitch?

    I don’t THINK so – get real.

  5. fanz928 - Oct 6, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    The reason his rumor gets so much attention is because he was a all time great

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