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Report: Iverson not likely to sign, play season in China

Oct 9, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

Allen Iverson

We showed you the highlight of Allen Iverson crossing over a guy in China that looked just like the old days (then missing the shot, which looked like the new days).

But that one play is not the reality.

The play was part of Iverson playing in an exhibition in China against Stephon Marbury’s Beijing Ducks. One of the goals of that exhibition, get Iverson a contract in China (like Tracy McGrady).

That’s not going to happen, according to one report out of China (hat tip to and translation by Hoopshype).

According to a source who is close with Iverson and the other team members, his training was claimed to have been sporadic at best, and lacking any form of regimental training systems. His body’s condition appeared to be in poor shape, and was deemed to be unable to sustain himself in highly intensive competitions. With his current performance and abilities on the court, he would be unable to perform in the CBA. Therefore, his chances of joining the CBA are as low as to be virtually nil….

The Beijing Ducks won the USA invitational team in an exhibition game, and Iverson scored four points in what could be best described as a poor showing. Despite his massive popularity, his performance was subpar, lacking his trademark explosiveness and offensive firepower. His speed, resistance and other physical factors had noticeably degraded. Iverson had earlier claimed to be in training for potential participation in the CBA, but it appears that the situation is not what he had promised during the earlier promotional activities

The report goes on to say that Iverson is still asking for $1 million a year.

And this is where the road ends.

  1. 16x8equal49ers - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    The man has been in the pros since 1997. His is finished.

  2. ibchuck33 - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    An old, formerly great athlete, not knowing when it’s time to hang it up. Pretty sad

    • skids003 - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      Needs the money.

  3. lakerluver - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    It’s over, A.I. Still the 2nd greatest small dude I’ve ever seen, behind Isiah.

  4. ironpeddler255 - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Unfortunately this is typical A.I….squandering a golden opportunity due to a lack of preparation and PRACTICE!

    Yes Allen, you need to PRACTICE to be signed to a contract!

    While you may still be a legend in your own mind, the rest of the World doesn’t share in your personal opinion of yourself.

  5. medicaldentalequipmentloanblog - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    sad. all that money… i think he does has some still available though hopefully.

  6. eugenesaxe - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Wow, lots of stupid readers are just like AI, they don’t realize/can’t admit the guy’s done.

  7. papichulo55 - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Prodigal Son can always come back home to Philly. Easily the most accessible sportsperson in Philly history. Good Luck, A.I.

  8. papichulo55 - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Let me be clear. A.I. has a tremendous brand in Philly. He could be the frontman for restaurant, entertainment and movie complex, ala Magic Johnson, apartment complex..
    Who knows, maybe a fast-food mogul like Junior Bridgeman. Or a clothing line fronted by A.I. and Will Smith?

    When he finally decides to make the transition, Philly will be there for him.

  9. badintent - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    What does Philly and WM have in common ? Everything.

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