...But Your Time is Up (pt 2)

Omari Sankofa IIContributor IJune 1, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 26: Will Bynum #12 of the Detroit Pistons tries to pass to a teammate but his foot was out of bounds in front of Delonte West #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 26, 2009 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Allen Iverson, get up and go.

We asked you to blend in.

We wanted you to give up your selfishness for the team.

We asked you to bring us back to the glory days.

In actuality, you did the opposite.

You tarnished everybody's image, including your own.

You failed to be the contributor we asked you to be.


Is your pride that great?

Listen closely.

A great player does not look for a leader.

He becomes one.

We were possibly your last shot at a ring.

But you gave it up.

Now we have to give you up.

Allen Iverson, I am sorry.

But your time is up.

Will Bynum, your services are no longer needed.

You brought energy.

You brought determination.

You were basically everything we wanted in Iverson.

And yet, you lacked the one thing we need the most.


Your stats are sometimes impressive, but do your teammates share the glory?

Every drop of your sweat goes toward your basketball game, but not theirs.

I hate to say this,

But your time is up.

Amir Johnson, it is time to go.

You may have played your hardest,

But at times I had no idea you were on the floor.

Your production halted.

Now, you are merely a foul magnet.

Did our expectations crush you?

Did coming out of high school hurt your chances of becoming a star?

At the pace you are going, you will only be known as the kid whose first NBA basket was a windmill dunk.

You did your best,

But your time is up.

Jason Maxiell, it is time to go.

What happened to the baby eating, ferocious bomber plane we have become accustomed to?

You seem to dunk less.

Your blocks are less intimidating.

Your trademark energy is overall diminished.

Has the lack of a leader hurt you, also?

You have to learn,

that a great power forward lets nothing stand in the way

Of his own ferociousness.

We need space for Bosh.

You are a great trading piece, I'm afraid.

It was nice knowing you,

But your time is up.

Aaron Afflalo, Walter Hermann, it is time to go.

Your were nice replacements for the starters.

But you all were inconsistent.

Some nights, you killed teams with your careful but precise shot.

Other nights, you killed yourselves.


We asked nothing of you but to play your hardest.

But sometimes, it seemed as if your hardest was not good enough.

Other teams could use your talents.

I am sorry, both of you.

But your time is up.


Kwame Brown, it is time to go.

I don't know how to say this.

You Suck.

People don't boo you because you failed the Lakers.

People don't throw vegetables at you because you came out of High School.

They boo you because You Suck.

We don't dislike you because you are mediocre.

We dislike you because you suck.






And because if this,

I am not sorry.

Your time is up.