Who Is The Most Selfish Guy in The NBA? The Answer Is. Allen Iverson

Brittni O'RyanContributor INovember 8, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Allen Iverson #3 of the Memphis Grizzlies staands on the court in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on November 6, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 114-98.  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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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It's been 13 years since the 6' tall 180 lb -point guard from Georgetown was chosen by the Philadelphia 76's as their first round draft pic. A lot has happened since then..Yet no one can deny that, Iverson is one of the best point guards to playin the NBA. While he was with the Sixers for 10 years- Iverson achieved a lot...he was Rookie of the Year, League MVP, 2 time All-Star MVP, he led the league in scoring for four years. His rookie season, he led the 76ers in points/assts/mins. Iverson was named the 1996 NBA Rookie of the year.

Since then there has been a lot of drama. We all know about the ever so famous "It's PRACTICE" press conference. Which led to the huge fall out in Philly.

Then, Iverson was off to Denver. I must say I was excited to see him there with Melo. It seemed Iverson fit right in with the Nuggets. He and Melo made quite the duo..They even had the same hair styles!  So, all seemed to be going great there in Denver...

Not so fast...Denver traded Iverson to Detroit for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and center Cheikh Samb.

Good trade? I'd have to say for Denver, Yes- They made out in that deal. In no time at all, Iverson and all his baggage were on a plane heading to Detroit.

From the day he arrived it seemed there was already drama unfolding. Iverson, was not happy that "his" number 3 was being worn by team mate, Rodney Stuckey. Poor Stuckey even said he'd give up the number however, the NBA wouldn't allow it until the following season. By April of 2009 Iverson's time in Detroit was over. It was said that Iverson wasn't happy with his minutes on court. Shortly after, Joe Dumars stated the Iverson would not be playing the remainder of the season due to a "back injury" Iverson, went on to say that he would rather retire then be put on the bench.

Iverson is now a Grizzly..I wonder how you Memphis fans are feeling about this?(or AI fans) Clearly, If I was a Memphis fan I'd be happy to have him. If you can get, Iverson on your team without the drama, I think he still has a heck of a lot to offer. The point with Iverson is, you never can be sure what you will get and there is always some risk.

So the question is..

Is he worth it or not? Would you want Iverson on your team?

I look forward to reading your imput.


Brittni O'Ryan

Post Script-
I wrote this a few weeks ago http://www.letsgobasketball.com/ 
since then there has already been some drama in Iversons world. He'e already up to his old ways. I got tickets for the Clippers vs Memphis game which was last night. I took my nephew, Adam. The kid has adored Iverson for years. He was so excited to go. We get there and guess what?? No Iverson! He wasn't at the game. He had "personal business" to attend to. (sounds familiar)
I felt so bad for Adam. I was sure he would be upset and he had every right to be.
To my surprise he was fine. I asked him if he was bummed..He shook his head and rolled his eyes and said "Nah, he's always doing stuff like this. I do feel bad for his team though. It's not fair to them, I mean they "show up."  They did show up and played a great game vs the Clippers. They went on to lost the game by "3" points. Kind of ironic that they lose by three points and Iverson's number 3.   You have to wonder if number 3 would have shown up if the result would have been the same.

When the Grizzlies arrived for Saturday's game against the Clippers, the dry-erase board in the locker room had a simple message: "United we stand, divided we fail." Memphis coach, Lionel Hollins seemed to stand by that motto when asked if he hoped Iverson would return.

"I can't predict the future," he said.

But what is your hope?

"No comment."

Brittni O'Ryan