Why Allen Iverson Deserves One Last Chance with the Philadelphia 76ers
Allen Iverson made headlines again. The 37-year-old point-guard stated his desire to return to the NBA this season, according to a report from the Chinese publication Netease that was translated by Hoopshype.
Iverson also said that he would contemplate a stint in the Chinese league (CBA) to earn a living if the NBA doesn't come calling.
The 2001 NBA MVP and 11 time All-Star last played in the NBA in the 2009-10 season, only three season ago, starting a handful of games for the Philadelphia 76ers. That season was a disappointment. The team didn't make the playoffs as they did the year before and won only win 27 games as part of the disaster that was Eddie Jordan's coaching tenure.
Iverson left the team for good in March after his daughter became ill and was once again denied in his quest to bring a championship to Philly.
AI made a stop in Turkey in the 2010 season. There, he played for Besiktas before disappearing from the basketball universe in 2011, citing a lack of interest.
Attention, Doug Collins and the new owners of the Philadelphia 76ers. Do one more good thing for your fans during this incredible off-season and resign "The Answer".
Bring AI home!
The Case for a AI
A dominant scorer for a small guard, AI has one of the most unique skill-sets in the history of the game. He could play point guard as he did for the Sixers in the 2004-5 season as well as be a ball hawk on the defensive end of the court.
He will forever have a place in the hearts and minds of Philadelphia sports fans, particularly for the magical 2001 season . He made the Sixers watchable again after the post-Barkley years. Attendance went through the roof during his MVP run. His 2001 Sixers could, and should, have beaten the Lakers to give the Sixers their first title since 1983. But they were over-matched by a supreme Shaq and Kobe.
A player like AI, who can change the landscape of the entire NBA, comes around once a generation. Players started wearing cornrows and embracing a "street" style of game. Focused more on deception, this included moves like the crossover as well as flash. He brought a different kind of energy and feel to the game.
In fact, you could say AI was the complete opposite of MJ.
The "me against the world attitude". The standoffish behavior. Allen Iverson represented basketball's counterculture at a time when the league was family-friendly under Michael Jordan.
The beauty of Iverson's impact lays in the great diversity that the game has given us. He opened a door in the NBA for all different types of personalities and characters to express themselves.
In terms of basketball ability, AI does not fit the mold of a traditional basketball player. He relies mostly on energy, momentum and instinct. He might not be able to run all day like he did as a rookie but he could still make an impact on the current club.
Most importantly, he is a basketball player who could conform to any system that Doug Collins wants him to. The Sixers do not have a real point guard behind Jrue Holiday after Lou Williams left for Atlanta Leaving a void at backup.
The 2012 version of AI may not be the 2001 version of AI but fans and owners can expect to get the same guy. On a great night, he might get 30 easily with a handful of assists in a Sixers win. More reasonably people can expect him to get about fifteen points a game and just provide a spark off the bench.
One thing for sure, this guy who plays on heart and toughness will give you effort as if every game is his last.
And with Bynum in the fold, this may be his best chance at a ring.
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