Is Allen Iverson Really The Answer for the NY Knicks?

Jack StentwillerContributor INovember 20, 2009

SHANGHAI, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 25: (CHINA OUT) NBA star Allen Iverson (R) of USA and Yao Ming of China play basketball with fans during an event at Shanghai Stadium on September 25, 2005 in Shanghai, China. Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson is visiting Shanghai as the last leg of his Asia Tour which lasts from September 21 to 26. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
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The Knicks have problems.

In searching for solutions for an NBA team's struggles, one would inevitably stumble upon The Answer.

The problem is that The Answer is really no answer at all. Just part of the same old solution that has failed the Knicks before and put them in the problem they are in now.

Confused? So are the Knicks if they think signing Iverson is a solution.

Admittedly, I have not seen the books for the Knicks. It is possible that they are just desperate to sell tickets for the remainder of this season. I am not convinced that Iverson does that, however, beyond the first several games he plays.

The Knicks have many problems, the most serious of which is image .

The Knicks have earned a reputation for taking junk off of the scrap heap and an image of bringing in me-first, offensive-minded guards (i.e. Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury, etc.).

The Knicks are finally on the rebuilding and looking forward wagon. Signing AI would be a relapse of Isaiah like proportion.

They hired a respected basketball man for operations, they hired a good coach, now it is time for the Knicks to take their medicine for this season. They have the right pieces in place. Yet all of these positive from a PR standpoint, are reversered if Iverson is signed.

Summer 2010 is right around the corner, and the Knicks best long term success hinges on offering a ton of money to a player to simply do what industry, jobs, and cleanliness have been doing for decades.

Leave Cleveland.

That sounds like a tried and true "answer" to me.