It has recently been reported that basketball superstar Allen Iverson will be meeting, or has met today, with the Memphis Grizzlies owner and staff.
The Grizzlies have already placed an offer that Iverson has yet to decide on. It starts at $3.5 million for one year, but it could go up to $4.4 million, and possibly higher. However, because of recent signings by the Grizzlies, the offer will not exceed the one the Grizzlies put forward prior, of $5 million for one year.
With this meeting, Iverson and the Grizzlies may seem to have some questions that need answers, before any signing takes place.
In my opinion, this is not the answer for "The Answer".
In these past few months, Iverson has become the most wrongly hated player not only in the NBA, but quite arguably in the entirety of professional sports. Nothing new for him, except this time, more and more are being brainwashed by what they are reading or hearing from the media.
If I were Iverson, I'd be looking for a destination that suits my game best, and where I can step in, play my game, and the team can win games consistently.
A.I. is a great player. There are very few players who are on his level. Yet people are not taking a so called "risk" of signing Iverson, for reasons that have nothing to do with Iverson, but rather what those around him have done and are doing to him.
I think any team Iverson goes to, he can make better. But the thing is, he must be allowed to be himself and not someone else. I mean if you tried to make Paul Pierce play like Jason Kidd, it won't work out as good. If you tried to make LeBron James play like Michael Redd it won't work as good. Overall, you must let a player play their own game. If you don't do that, don't bother bringing them in (unless you're the selfish Detroit Pistons, and you don't care about the player, and only your own behind).
What I'm saying is...that if the Grizzlies don't allow Iverson to play his game, if he signs with them, then they won't be getting the best of Iverson, and they won't be winning as many games as they can. All in all, the Grizzlies can't sign Iverson and not let him get a chance to start.
I mean look, you can't sign someone and not even give them a chance to win over something...which I'm sure Iverson would do in winning a starting spot. Give Iverson the chance to fight for his starting spot, don't just say you will be coming off the bench, that's it.
That won't work.
If the Grizzlies can play through Allen Iverson, and I mean the real Iverson (30 plus ppg, 8 plus apg, 2.5 plsu spg, that guy) then they can be a good team. If not...then this is not the best situation for Iverson. I'm sure if other teams like the Charlotte Bobcats are still interested and have the money, then that's where Allen Iverson should be looking into, a place to reastablish himself where he rightfully belongs, among the league's elite players.