The Los Angeles Lakers desperate situation at point guard has led to several rumors concerning players like Gilbert Arenas, Ramon Sessions and now Allen Iverson, but what exactly will the Lakers gain by signing any of those players?
Especially Iverson and Arenas.
ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith recently wrote an article saying the Lakers had previously shown interest in Iverson, but he correctly surmised that Iverson wouldn't help the Lakers because he is not a true point guard. And neither is Arenas for that matter.
There is currently a theory floating around that the Lakers should take a chance on either Arenas or Iverson since their situation is so bad they really have nothing else to lose.
I guess the remainder of their season doesn't really count for much huh?
There is plenty of doubt as to whether or not Iverson or Arenas can really help the Lakers, but there is no question that both players have been distractions at previous stops in their careers, and this team certainly cannot afford any additional drama.
Not to mention that no one really even knows how much gas either player has left in the tank.
The last time we saw Arenas in Orlando he was jacking up ill-advised shots from the perimeter, and proving that the explosiveness and ability to get to the rim at will that once made him special was long gone.
It's obvious the Magic didn't think to much of Arenas, since they let him walk off into the sunset, and judging by the lack of interest in Arenas from other teams it's apparent the rest of the league holds the same opinion.
One would have to go back a little further to revisit the last time Iverson played a competitive game, unless your satellite package includes games broadcasted from Turkey.
Iverson's fans have always been a fiercely loyal group, but they have also refused to accept the fact that his best and most meaningful days are behind him.
I've always admired Iverson's heart, grit and determination, but where exactly does his skill set fit on this Lakers team?
Iverson can probably still score points in bunches, but the Lakers need a player who can direct the offense, while involving other players. What they don't need is another Kobe Bryant.
Playing in tandem, the only thing we can truly be certain of is that a Bryant and Iverson back court would mean that center Andrew Bynum and forward Pau Gasol would get even less touches than they do now.
And considering the length of time that both Iverson and Arenas have been away from the NBA game, there is no guarantee that either player is an upgrade over Derek Fisher.
Fisher has never been a true playmaker, but Phil Jackson's triangle offense hid that flaw by taking the responsibility out of Fisher's hands.
In Jackson's scheme, forward Lamar Odom, Bryant and Gasol were mostly responsible for initiating the Lakers offense, and Fisher does look lost in his new role.
But would Arenas or Iverson really fare any better?
What the Lakers need to do is get over their fear of trading Gasol and aggressively pursue a true point guard like Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo or Steve Nash, players that can really help the team right now.
Signing a player like Arenas or Iverson not only proves how desperate the Lakers are, but it also illustrates a lack of vision from the people making the decisions in Los Angeles.
I agree that the Lakers need a significant upgrade at the lead guard position, but they will not accomplish that task by reaching into the past to secure their future.