"The Answer" Is Wait and See

Ryne E. HancockCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2009

CLEVELAND - FEBRUARY 22:  Allen Iverson #1 of the Detroit Pistons brings the ball up court against the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 22, 2009 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 99-78. 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)

As much as I loathe Allen Iverson for what he did in Detroit with my Pistons, ruining what was a very tightly knit unit that was one of the best teams in the East, I have to put my dislike for the guy aside.

Not because I want to, but because the biggest acquisition in the history of the Memphis Grizzlies' franchise occurred on Wednesday. "The Answer" finally answered the question that many Memphians have been asking.

Will he or won't he?

Via Twitter, Iverson, who will be earning $3.5 million this season for Memphis, ended all of the speculation and agreed in terms to play for the Grizzlies, his third team in the last four years.

The contract also includes incentives for making the playoffs, something that hasn't happened since 2006 (when they lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the first round), and if they win the NBA title.

As soon as the announcement was made, friends of mine on Twitter said they were considering season tickets and heading to Iverson's famous after parties.

Of course, all the after parties a person can throw at Level II or Plush can't translate into wins and butts in the seats.

What Iverson has to understand in coming to one of the youngest teams in the NBA, is his role as seasoned veteran.

Over the years, Iverson has had difficulties understanding leadership and taking whatever role that comes to him (example: Detroit) and clashing with coaches (example: Philadelphia), which is why very few teams were interested in him after his debacle in Detroit.

Now he has a chance to do something similar to what he did in Philadelphia (when he entered the league) and turn the fortunes of this franchise around and do it with a trio of young stars in O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay, and Hasheem Thabeet.

While we shouldn't pencil the Grizzlies in for the playoffs, it's not hard to say that they will be improved from last year.

If Iverson stays more than one year, maybe there could be a chance, but I don't think people should get their hopes up on the fact that the Grizzlies will make the playoffs.

It's too soon.