Allen Iverson: Landing A.I. Would Only End in Disappointment for Mavericks
Allen Iverson is being courted by the Dallas Mavericks' D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
Cue the laugh track.
You'll remember the 37-year-old's last stint in the NBA during the 2009 season. The Memphis Grizzlies gave him a shot; he didn't like his diminished role and was waived after three games with the club. He lasted a whole three months with the Philadelphia 76ers before he was released in March 2010.
Last we heard from A.I., he played for Turkish club Besiktas during the 2010 season before he was released three games in. A calf injury sent him packing back to the United States.
Iverson, once one of the game's most exciting and best players, is no longer the same guy. He may be an 11-time All-Star, a four-time NBA scoring champion and the 2001 MVP, but those days are long gone.
In his last 25 games with the 76ers, he averaged 13.9 points on 42 percent shooting. He averaged a mediocre PER of 13.46 in a combined 28 games with the 76ers and Grizzlies that season.
Is pursuing Allen Iverson a good idea for the Mavericks?
I would expect a little more from owner Mark Cuban. This move shows desperation and incompetence, much like the New York Jets displayed when they acquired the polarizing Tim Tebow before this season, inviting all the distractions that came with him.
Tell me, how did that work out for the Jets?
Iverson is not only a bench player at this point in his career, he likely wouldn't be happy in that role for an extended period of time. Even if he said right now that he was willing to take on a limited role, we all know A.I. Before long, he wouldn't be happy. Call it selfish or simply too proud, this is the player we know all too well.
The Mavericks recently brought up another 37-year-old veteran guard by the name of Mike James from the Texas Legends, but Iverson is no ordinary 37-year-old veteran guard. While James accepts his role and was subsequently signed for the remainder of the season on Monday, Iverson is not James.
It's worth noting that Iverson has been resisting the Legends' efforts throughout the season. Given his history with the Grizzlies and 76ers in the 2009 season, you would think that would be enough for Dallas to back off.
Mavericks fans can only hope Iverson will once and for all thwart the team's plans to bring him back into the fold. At 19-25 and in the process of rebuilding, the last thing the Mavericks need is an old, disgruntled veteran on the roster.
If Iverson spurns Dallas, he will be exhibiting more common sense than the franchise itself. This relationship would only end in disappointment.
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