Pound for pound Allen Iverson was one of the greatest talents the NBA had ever seen from a scoring standpoint. As far as leading a team to victory, Iverson has only lead a team to the NBA Finals once in his career, but give him credit for that, it wasn’t much of a team.
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Allen Iverson over the course of the past few years. Iverson has gone from one of the best players in the NBA to little more than a footnote. Family problems and his inability to find a niche on teams like Detroit, Memphis and Philadelphia forced Iverson out of the game. For a while it looked like we would never see the Answer in an NBA uniform ever again.
It looked like it was going to be another one of those sad stories of a great NBA player who disappeared into obscurity. But this is Allen Iverson we’re talking about. Since he was in highschool and jailed for bowling alley brawl, Allen Iverson has been a fighter. He’s a survivor, and a man with a competitive heart. He wears his heart on his sleeve and sometimes that gets him into trouble. But it’s Iverson’s heart that won’t quit and its heart that is driving this comeback bid. Read more.
The only problem is, Allen Iverson isn’t as young and spry as he used to be. And while his heart may still be in the right place, you have to wonder if his legs are. We saw what happened to T-Mac after he took time off from the NBA, can Iverson really expect to return to form after such a long layoff? His game is high octane and he’s always needed the ball in his hands to have an impact on the game. The question the Answer will have to ask himself is, what team and which GM is willing to take a chance on him… again? Iverson has showed that he won’t accept certain roles, particularly coming off the bench, unless he’s had a change of heart, it’s hard to imagine which team is ready to put Iverson at the helm. It’s a gamble that would make any GM nervous.
Personally, I hope he finds the right team and the right situation so he can go out how he deserves to, like a champion, on his feet, instead of on his knees.