Allen Iverson: The Answer Or Diva?
It appears as though the 2001 MVP is about to find a new home.
Just yesterday (August 18th) Iverson had narrowed his search down to the Knicks, Heat, and Bobcats.
Today he tweeted "My people just informed me that we are getting close to a deal. I asked them to call me the when its done. I am so ready to know! I have not been this eager with anticipation since the night before the NBA Draft in 96. Then I knew where I was going, now I want to know! I have been blessed to make plenty of money in this league. Now it's not about the money, its about playing me getting back on the court & playing every game like its my last! Stay tuned."
Where ever Iverson will be playing, it seems he will really enjoy it. Which ever team ends up with him, will also end up with a bad migraine.
All three of those teams have good young players. Remember the impression Iverson had on the young J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony. Luckily, Billups managed to help both (he got a little help from Team USA in Beijing). When Iverson said lets party, they would party. There were rumours that Iverson even partied until 3 am.
Among that is his commitment to defence, or lack of it. On defence he gambles more then Pete Rose and Charles Barkley. He is not a great man defender either. Not to mention he's getting old and all those "little man" beatings he took, have to be catching up.
Iverson can still be a driving force on offence. He can still shoot and wiggle his way to the rim. Though he has no intention in passing, unless he has exhausted his dribble. No one will get Iverson, not to play like Iverson.
Iverson is not needed to bring a bad example for the young point guards. Pat Riley said he's commited to Chalmers, yet if Iverson does arrive and does start, the last thing Miami needs is Chalmers to turn into Iverson. Also "the answer" doesn't need to be added along with Augustin and Felton (if he re-signs), they are two very talented point guards, who just need to learn the ropes.
Though, Iverson is actually wanted for two reasons by NBA teams. First it's because he's entertaining and keeps fans into the game. Second is because he manages to sell tickets, which is always good in the sour economy.
Along with his play he'll bring his sour attitude. "Allen Iverson can only be Allen Iverson." Like I've mentioned he isn't a great influence, but he isn't great with the public either. He doesn't always like to show up to practice and his work ethic is not great either. Owners and GMs love when their best players act like that.
In the end, if basketball players didn't have a mind of their own, Iverson would be the perfect player.
Since Iverson is a dying player, with the mind of a superstar, expect less of "the answer" and more of a "diva".
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