The Clippers Are Clueless if They Think Allen Iverson's the Answer
The image you see above is in fact, photoshopped, poorly, by me.
But in a short while, that jersey may become available for purchase on the Clippers website. That's right folks, ESPN reported that the Clippers are "very serious" about signing Allen Iverson.
LA, along with Memphis and Miami, is looking to add the former MVP and scoring champion. The Clippers and Memphis are looking to use their entire mid-level exceptions to land Iverson in either Tinsel Town or The Bluff City, while Miami wants him to take less money to play in South Beach.
What would signing AI mean for the Clippers?
First of all, it would push Eric Gordon to a sixth man role, assuming Iverson refuses to move to the bench like he did with Detroit. A move like this could stunt Gordon's growth in more ways than one.
First of all, it would obviously mean much less playing time for last year's first round pick. Aside from that, it means AI would most likely become a sort of mentor for him.
No matter how great of a player Iverson is, you cant say he's a positive influence.
Is Gordon going to start acting like a prima donna with Iverson around, maybe even skipping practice?
I mean after all, "we talkin' about practice." I just don't see how the addition of Iverson helps one of the most promising young players in the NBA develop. If anything, I would assume he would regress with AI's tutelage and the lack of PT.
Aside from that, this isn't the AI of 2000-2001, where he is going to win an MVP award. This is a broken down, shell of his former self Iverson. The years of playing every play like it's his last have caught up to AI.
After 2005-2006, Iverson went from averaging 33 PPG to just 26 in '06-'07 and '07-'08, and all the way down to just 17.5 PPG this year. The lowest of his career by more than 4 PPG.
They may say that Iverson would be a good running mate for rookie Power Forward and No. 1 pick Blake Griffin, but I think that Eric Gordon would be as good, if not better.
Iverson will most likely only be there for a season, and the Clippers are not making the playoffs in the West, regardless of how well Blake Griffin plays.
If LA decides against blowing their whole Mid-Level Exception on an aging Iverson, they could instead sign another player who would help contribute without the ego and the baggage Iverson brings.
Long story short, this may boil down to the simple fact that Iverson will put fannies in the seats of the Staples Center when Kobe and Pau aren't playing. Maybe in a new setting, Iverson will find motivation and play like the Iverson of old, but I doubt it.
If I were the Clippers, I would stay away.
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