Earlier tonight I was instant messaging with my fellow co-blogger and friend, Nick Gelso, from North Station Sports. We started out by talking about the Celtics recent struggles, and once we figured out how to solve those problems we moved onto the topic of Allen Iverson. We decided to collaborate to write a post on how AI might fit if he were to wear green.
B-PAUL- Signing AI may not be a bad thing.
If you did not know, recently Allen Iverson was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies after leaving for “personal reasons”. Many people believe that this is because he was not happy with his role coming off the bench on a young Memphis team.
I’m going to be quite honest with you, I use 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 that watched him play in Philadelphia can argue against this guy being a TERRIFIC NBA player. AI is one of the best scorer’s I have seen in my ten 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 because...
For the rest of my side of the story click here.
Nick Gelso- No Thanks!!!
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), 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, most NBA players (or at least the memorable ones), would have done anything to win before retiring. Iverson is not even willing to come off the bench in order to improve his team. Let's face it, even if Iverson was the sixth man in Memphis, he would have still played starter's minutes. He is not willing to sacrifice for the betterment of his teammates. He has proven time and time again that, if he is not the first option, he will not play.
For the rest of Nick's side of the story click here.