By Nick Gelso; NSS
This evening, fellow Celtics blogger and friend, B-Paul of Gino's Jungle , instant messaged me on Gchat. Eventually, after solving all the Celtics recent problems, we got onto the topic of Allen Iverson.
Everyone who reads NSS frequently would know that I absolutely do not care for Iverson. I never did.
If you're interested in why, check out a recent version of NSS One on One: Is their a Defense for Allen Iverson? (Just in case you still don't believe me, Here's some more proof )
Anyway, Iverson's 24,000 career points is enough to impress most sports fans. He is a terrific one-on-one player.
He even (single-handedly) carried his 76ers to the NBA Finals in 2001. He's been an NBA MVP, Rookie of the Year, All-Star MVP (twice), and he is a four-time NBA scoring champion, too.
No one can deny Iverson's great individual talents and exploits. One achievement that is missing from A.I.'s career accomplishments is an NBA title. Sure, Iverson fans may say, "many NBA greats have not won titles."
That would be true. My only rebuttal would be...
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Why Not?by B-Paul; Gino's Jungle
I’m going to be quite honest with you, I used to be a big fan of Allen Iverson when he was on the Sixers, and I actually still have the DVD, The Answer , sitting on my movie shelf at home.
Nobody who watched him play in Philadelphia can argue against this guy being a TERRIFIC NBA player. AI is one of the best scorers I have seen in my 10 or so years watching the NBA.
The one issue everyone seems to have with him is his personality. People do not think he can accept a lesser role like what he has been given in Detroit and Memphis. In a way, I can understand how AI feels about his recent roles; how would you like to go from an All-Star to a bench warmer on two non-competing teams?
Of course, the guy is going to be upset; he’s sitting there watching two bad teams lose, while he has no power to do anything about it.
The question that got brought up when I was talking to Nick was whether or not Iverson could fit in the Celtics lineup, both on the court, in the locker room, and off the court.
Nick seemed very stiff on his viewpoint that he wanted nothing at all to do with Iverson in green. I, being an Iverson fan back in my younger years, started bringing up reasons why AI might fit in green.
One of the reasons why I believe Iverson could fit in green is...
Read Alternate Ending By Gino's Jungle.