Rumors were circulating that the New York Knicks were interested in signing Allen Iverson. It's a blessing that Glen Grunwald and James Dolan didn't mess this one up and go out and sign A.I. to a bad contract.
In a situation reminiscent of the Stephon Marbury signing back in 2004, the Knicks' front office seems to be panicking as they search for the point guard they so desperately need as a safety net in case Jeremy Lin bolts for another team. The only thing that's different is that Marbury was 27 when the Knicks traded for him, while Iverson will be 37 in June.
I can't imagine that this experimental relationship would have went well for either party.
Haven't we seen enough of Iverson's antics in the NBA? He's one of the greatest guards to ever play the game, especially when you consider the fact that he only weighs 165 pounds, but it seems as though he only decided to make a comeback after it was reported that he is broke. Reports also came out that he's not as broke as the media is saying, but is looking to make some extra pocket change nonetheless.
Either way, he seems to be in a position that he doesn't want to be in.
Before retiring, Iverson played for the Denver Nuggets, the Detroit Pistons, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Philadelphia 76ers over the course of two seasons. Why did he bounce around so much at the end of his career? Because he still had the mentality of the young Iverson, but nowhere near the skills that he had back then.
We'll skip the attitude issues and the "practice" rant, and strictly address his ability on the basketball court.
Despite his talent on the court, he's only played 75 games or more in five out of 14 seasons in the league (same number for Marbury too, coincidentally and irrelevantly). Granted, that's because the effort he put forth every night and the way he sacrificed his body on the court aren't exactly in agreement with his six-foot, 165-pound frame.
We saw a situation similar to this in Marbury. Not the size, but what the team had to do to get him. Isiah Thomas basically sold the farm for Marbury's services, trading a slew of players and draft picks to acquire a once-good player. The Knicks would be giving up less to get Iverson, as he would probably sign on for a reasonable deal, but it's still a couple million dollars nonetheless.
Knicks brass should learn its lesson from the signings of Mike Bibby and Baron Davis. The two were brought to New York in what seemed like panic signings, as Grunwald and Dolan realized they were running out of time to grab a point guard.
There's no reason to respond that way in this instance, as there is a perfect point guard waiting to be signed in Jeremy Lin. To keep this brief, give the guy the money he wants. It makes much more sense to take a risk on Lin as opposed to Iverson, even if Lin will come with a significantly more expensive price tag.
I'm not sure what Iverson will even be able to do. In his prime, he was never a point guard as much as he was a scorer. We've heard constant complaints from Knicks fans all over that the team badly needs a point guard.
Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith (if he re-signs with the Knicks) and Iverson would be re-united if this were to come to fruition. The three played together on the Nuggets when the team lost in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs to San Antonio. With Amar'e Stoudemire on the floor with them, the Knicks would need two basketballs to run an effective offense with four guys who need the ball in order to impact the game.
At 37 years old, Iverson is certainly not capable of playing defense on anybody. He once led the league in steals but that was a decade ago, and it would defy the laws of nature if his hands were still that quick.
The fact that Iverson won't be signing on with the team is good news for New York Knicks fans. Obviously, we'll be hearing plenty of Knicks rumors regarding possible signings (both ridiculous and logical) for the entire offseason.
This one was ridiculous, and the Knicks are better off with The Answer.
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