Allen Iverson the "Answer" to the Cleveland Cavaliers' Problems

Dwayne MontellCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2010

The city of Cleveland has hit rock bottom. LeBron James raped this city of its dignity when he went on national TV and made his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

The past seven years for the city of Cleveland were their golden years. They had the "Chosen One," LeBron James, they had hopes of winning multiple titles and ending that drought of failure in the city. The whole world knew Cleveland as the home of LeBron James. The fans embraced him and sold out arenas for seven straight years.

But then LeBron left, as though the city wasn't good enough for him. He wanted to be larger than life and it wasn't going to happen if he was playing in Cleveland. So a city that suffered through "The Drive," "The Fumble," and "The Shot" now has to suffer "The Decision." The city of Cleveland is left without a star, without an identity, without a team to cheer for, and sadly without any respect.


Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert personally guaranteed that the Cavaliers will win a championship before LeBron James does and promised that this franchise won't become irrelevant, but deep down he and all the fans in Cleveland know that their golden days are over—all they see is darkness ahead.

Shaq is gone, Zydrunas Ilgauskus is gone, right now I don't think there are any players that want to play in Cleveland. A starting lineup of Mo Williams, Anthony Paker, Jamario Moon, Antwan Jamison, and Anderson Varejao can't lead this team to the playoffs.

Mo Williams has been failing in the playoffs the last couple of years, so it's time for him to go. This team needs a star that can save the city and help maintain that buzz they have had for the past seven years.

There is one star on the market right now that has actually achieved more in his career then LeBron James has. He too was once the most popular player in the league and still is one of them. This player still sells jerseys like crazy and can still sell out arenas.

They call him "The Answer." And Allen Iverson could be "The Answer" for the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Although the Heat are interested in Iverson right now and everyone thinks he will sign with them to run the point, the Cavaliers could be a great fit for Iverson. He is ready to prove people wrong and he will need shots, minutes, and touches.

Right now in Cleveland, he could replace Mo Williams in the starting lineup and if coach Byron Scott lets him play in the open court, Allen Iverson could surprise the world and get back to that elite level he was playing at in 2007-08 with Denver.

With Iverson on the roster the city of Cleveland would come to games to see the little man take on giants, fans would buy his jersey and the team would get National TV games it wouldn't be like it was when they had LeBron but they certainly wouldn't be irrelevant.

With Iverson on the Cavaliers, the city of Cleveland would have that star like they did with LeBron; they would have that swagger that LeBron gave them. When people say Iverson is too old to carry a team, I don't buy it because the man is a freak of nature. He is still very quick and can run around all day. People were saying he was going to slow down when he was 28 and he didn't.

Then, when his stats took a hit in bad situations like Detroit and Philadelphia this past season, people were quick to say that he had slowed down and needed to come off the bench. Iverson was hurt last season and still managed to put up 14 points per game in Eddie Jordan's Princeton offense, and as bad as he wanted to play in the open court he couldn't because if he disrespected the coach he would be sent home.

He is just two seasons removed from being one of the best players in the league. He was averaging 26.4 ppg, 7.2 apg, and 2.2 spg in Denver in 2007-08. Iverson played 40 mpg, took 18 shots per game, and the team won 50 games. 

Teams are afraid of Iverson right now. Nobody wants to take a chance on him and the only team that has showed interest in him is the Miami Heat, LeBron's team. So right now Iverson would sign with any team, even if it's Cleveland.

Can you imagine if Iverson turns down a offer from LeBron's team to play with the team he walked out on? He would be a hero to the city and the fans would embrace him like they did with LeBron.

This would be Iverson's team. If given about 35 minutes per game and put in the right offense he could be a 23 ppg, 6 apg All-Star and help carry this team to the playoffs. Mo Williams and Delonte West are both undersized two guards, so if you are going to have an undersized guard on your team, why not make it one of the greatest players to ever play the game? 

Look at all the big men Iverson has played with throughout his career and you will notice their play increased when he was in the lineup. Even last year in Philadelphia, in a dead season, Iverson helped Samuel Dalembert play much better—so imagine what he could do for Antwan Jamison and Anderson Varejao.

Coach Byron Scott is a very smart coach, and he knows how Allen Iverson needs to play. He wouldn't slow things down and force Iverson to play in that structured offense like coaches the past years have; instead, he would know the best thing for this team is to play in the open court and run. 

Allen Iverson is also very cheap right now. He is worth the veterans minimum of about $5.8 million a year, and if they sign him they could still get other players who could help the team. For some reason this lineup just looks like a lineup that could make the playoffs and upset a team: PG-Allen Iverson, SG-Anthony Parker, SF-Jamario Moon, PF-Antawn Jamison, C-Anderson Varejao.

Worst case scenario is Iverson has actually slowed down and the Iverson we saw in Detroit and in Philadelphia last season is the best he can be at this stage of his career. Well, he still would help the Cavs because he is still a better player then Mo Williams and Delonte West. He can still start and score around 17 points per game. He could go have a big game some nights and would still sell tickets and jerseys.

But the thing is, nobody knows how good Iverson still can be. Larry Hughes recently said that Allen Iverson is training harder than ever in Atlanta and is ready to return to elite form. It is very likely that Iverson will come back next season healthy, explosive, and with a wet jump shot.

Coach Byron Scott said he will be installing a run and gun offense for next season and Iverson would fit in perfectly with this team if given the minutes and shots.

Iverson would give this team a reason to come to games and when LeBron comes to town Iverson would take the challenge of standing up for his city and going head to head with enemy No. 1. He could save the season and make sure the Cavaliers don't become irrelevant. It would be a feel-good story Iverson saves his own career and saves the Cavaliers franchise at the same time.

Dan Gilbert, Chris Grant, and Byron Scott need to realize that Allen Iverson still has a lot left in the tank, and taking a chance on him would be a win-win situation because at worst Iverson is still a better player than Mo Williams and Delonte West.

But Allen is ready to return next season and he will be healthier mentally and physically. He will have that first step he had in 2007, and if Coach Scott lets him play in the right flow, he would thrive.

Allen Iverson could save the Cavaliers franchise. The fans would love him and he could lead this team to the playoffs. The city of Cleveland has many problems, they had to suffer through "The Drive," "The Fumble," "The Shot," and most recently "The Decision."

Allen Iverson's nickname is "The Answer" and the city of Cleveland needs an "Answer" to these problems.