Word of Advice For Philadelphia: Don't Sign Allen Iverson

Eric YarmolukCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2009

PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 15:  Allen Iverson #1 of the Eastern Conference looks across the court during the 58th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Rumor has it that the 76ers are looking to sign Allen Iverson to start due to the injury of Lou Williams. Eddie Jordan and Ed Stefanski, if you have any sense, DO NOT sign Allen Iverson.

Do you not remember all the drama this man brought to Philadelphia in his first 10 years? Sure he won rookie of the year, league MVP,2x All-Star MVP, and led the league in scoring. Sure he also led you to your first finals appearance since 1983 in 2001.

But do you not remember the feud he had with Larry Brown and continued to miss practices throughout the playoffs because of "personal business"?

Do you also not remember in the '05-'06 season where he had a clash with coach Jim O'Brien who got fired at the end of the season?

Or how about in April of 2006 when Iverson was a no show until tip off on fan appreciation night?

Then in November of '06 storming out of practices and being a no show at mandatory team events.

Until finally December 8th of 2006 when he finally demanded a trade from the Sixers.

Then afterward going to Denver sharing the spotlight with Carmelo Anthony until being traded for a much better Chauncey Billups from Detroit.

Then in Detroit we saw Iverson complain about coming off the bench until he had an "injury" and decided to stop showing up to practices because once again he had "personal business" to attend to. Joe Dumars finally got fed up with it and told Iverson he is done with the Pistons and to just not show up to games or practices for the rest of the season.

Then Memphis decided to sign Iverson. Oh big mistake they made. It only took three games for Iverson to complain about coming off the bench and just stop showing up because once again here comes the excuse of "personal business" he had to attend to. Then Memphis, just like Detroit did, decided to terminate Iverson's contract.

Iverson then tried signing with the struggling Knicks who denied him because they felt he would clash with the building process they are trying to do in New York.

So Iverson decided to buzz up the media and announce that he is retired. This only got the media stirring so he can get the heat taken off him while he calls all around the NBA to see who else would be willing to sign him.

Sure Allen Iverson is a good player. Yes you guys in Philadelphia will bring him in to start for Lou Williams'. But what happens when he is ready to return? Do you put him back in the starting lineup and sit Allen Iverson?

Well then be prepared for another uproar from Iverson just like you saw in Detroit and Memphis. This man will not come off a bench and is seeking a starting roll and that is it. He wants the ball in his hands for at least 40 minutes a game and be the star player.

He will be a legit player for you maybe for a couple of months. Being able to give you around 17 points a game im sure. But once Lou Williams is ready for action again, the drama will all fall back in your lap and if you take away Iverson's roll, he will once again be a no show.

You can either sign him for a few months and have him bail out or just leave him in "retirement". My vote, leave him. Do not bring that drama into Philadelphia. This summer is a big summer in the NBA where you can go and try to pick up a couple big names off the Free Agent market to improve your team.

Iverson. You are a talented player and a future Hall-of-Famer. But you need to swallow your pride and go for the one thing you don't have. That is a ring. Swallow your pride and play a bench roll and maybe a championship contending team such as Cleveland or maybe Boston would love to take you. Those two teams as of right now are your best shot of joining and winning your first ring.

But if you can't swallow your pride and accept that bench role then you will never get that ring you have been fighting for throughout your career. I'm sure all your fans want to see you win a ring before you completely retire from the game and get announced in the Hall-of-Fame. Only you can control your destiny and what your future holds.