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Allen Iverson: 7 Teams Who Should Target the Veteran
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For any NBA team crazy enough to still inquire, Allen Iverson would seemingly only bring baggage-infested questions, not answers. No former first-tier NBA star in recent memory experienced a more abrupt, tumultuous and premature downfall than the once-beloved AI.

Detroit told him to go home for the final month of the 2008-09 season after Iverson refused to take a bench seat in favor of Rodney Stuckey.

Memphis terminated his contract after three games (yes, three games) in November 2009 after the "Answer" once again made a stink about coming off the bench.

His beloved Sixers even shelved their charitable effort to resuscitate Iverson's career with two months to go in the 2009-10 season, in the wake of the 2001 MVP's lingering injuries and a supposedly massive underground gambling debt.

Yet almost two years after his final NBA game to date, AI is still only 36 years old. In the wake of ongoing civil and domestic lawsuits, an 800K plus jewelry debt and a shattered reputation, Iverson is in dire need of one last NBA chance.

But would any team be crazy enough to give it to a man who, according to a March 2010 article by Stephen A. Smith in the Philadelphia Inquirer, "numerous NBA teams" believe will "either drink himself into oblivion or gamble his life away"?

Contrary to popular belief, there are crazier ideas than bringing on Iverson for some stretch-drive energy.

He hasn't played an NBA game in two years so his legs are undoubtedly fresh. Like Michael Vick when he first got out of jail, he also has no other options and would undoubtedly play his heart out to at least salvage the gracious opportunity.

Let's not forget, Iverson is also one of the greatest scorers and ball-handlers in the history of the game. While those skills may be diminished, they don't just go away. If AI is finally willing to accept a complementary role, and he'd have no other choice at this point, he could easily put his once-in-a-generation talents to constructive use. 

Bill Walton did it with the Celtics towards the end of his career and won a long-awaited second championship in 1986. Alonzo Mourning did the same with Miami towards the end of his career and won a long-awaited first title in 2006.

With a clear head and his priorities (at least slightly) in order, Iverson is too talented not to contribute in similar, energy-spurt fashion. Here are seven teams who should take that chance.   

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