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Report: D-League’s Texas Legends trying to land Allen Iverson

Jan 28, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

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Allen Iverson, playing in the D-League?

It seems a long shot, but the Texas Legends — the Mavericks affiliate that recently signed Delonte West, Luther Head and Rashad McCants — is making a run at him, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Sources told that the Legends, who are co-owned by Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, ramped up their season long pursuit of Iverson on Monday, offering him the chance to resurrect his career….

The Legends’ pitch to Iverson centers around the fact they’ve just convinced NBA veterans Delonte West and Rashad McCants to join their team with similar intentions, after the Legends signed another 37-year-old earlier this month — point guard Mike James — and wound up putting James in position to earn a 10-day callup to the Mavericks that turned into a guaranteed contract after James completed his second 10-day deal Sunday.

It would be great marketing for the Legends. It’s a smart play by them.

Iverson, however, will not play in the NBA again. Sorry, it is just not happening. Iverson last played in the league in 2010 in a season he was so disruptive in Memphis they traded him to Philadelphia, where he missed a large number of games and eventually left the team. He then went to play for Besiktas in Turkey but was injured and missed much of that season.

Iverson was always an inefficient volume scorer in the NBA but he put up so many points teams looked past it. Now that he has lost a step, is age 37 and had injuries nobody is convinced he can put up those points, nor are they convinced he would be a good role model in the locker room for younger players.

I loved watching Iverson play back in the day, he was a game changer. But those days have passed.

But he would be great marketing in the D-League and they can try to sell him on that NBA path. Maybe that will work, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

  1. mogogo1 - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Did George Gervin already turn them down?

  2. fiyeaglesfiy - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Thought the purpose of the d-league was to help develop young talent?

  3. prestigious1 - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Please just hang em up iverson.

  4. loungefly74 - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    imagine AI, stevie franchise, starbury, sprewell, and T-Mac on a team…also imagine satan coming down to start the Apocalypse.

  5. greenejoemean - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Remember when kobe vs AI was a legit debate? As a lifelong sixers fan ,I hate to see Bubba Chuck go out like this.

  6. progress2011 - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM


    Since MANY of the guards in the league:

    1. Struggle with dribbling with both hands
    2. Have no quickness
    3. Can’t get to the rack
    4. Are easily intimidated

    If Allen Iverson is even just a shell of himself, he will still be better than many of the guards currently in the league, based on my 1-4 assessment of the current talent/ lack there of.

    I also believe he will be so glad to be back in the league, he may be a good tutor for the young guys in the locker room.

    This is still AMERICA….EVERYONE deserves a second chance….especially if they are qualified and willing to work hard.

  7. southpaw77 - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    We talkin’ bout the D-League !

  8. 1historian - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    To me as a sports fan there is nothing sadder than a spectacle like this, and that is what it is. It is a sad and pathetic spectacle, and they are the worst kind.

    • sasquash20 - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      I couldn’t disagree more. AI played over a decade in the NBA. Guy wasn’t even 6 feet tall and weighed 160 with his chains on maybe. No one plays the way he had to nowadays. He wasn’t going to play into his late 30s, no one could play that way and hold up. He had a good career nothing to be sad about. Be sad for a G.Odom, kid had talent to be the best defensive center in the league. But his body grew out of whack and it lead him to have career ending injuries. Be sad for a Brandon Roy.

  9. sasquash20 - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I’m surprised AI can even walk anymore. Love him or hate him dude went all out on the court. At 5-11 160lbs he took a beating from guys way bigger.

  10. phillyphannn83 - Jan 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    those days were great. here’s looking at you Tyronn Lue! :-)

    • scalfor3 - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      Lue’s a highly-thought of assistant coach with the Celtics now. Sits behind Doc every game

  11. amoose3 - Jan 28, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    If Iverson was smarter during his career- not so controversial and learned to develop a valuable skill (similar to J. Kidd with 3 point shooting) he’d still be around right now and we’d be talking about how he may be a top 10 player of all time. Nonetheless, for my money hes one of the best, if not the best, pound for pound players ever.

  12. bigdaddycool50 - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Will he go to PRACTICE……Ya know PRACTICE????

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