Why Allen Iverson is "The Answer" for the New York Knicks

Dwayne MontellCorrespondent INovember 18, 2009

Allen Iverson is one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball and arguably the third or fourth best scorer in league history. 

Yet his career is on the line after being waved by the Grizzlies due to a lack of communication between the two sides.

Iverson is contemplating retirement but Iverson's manager Gary Moore said Iverson would still love to play and still has a lot left in the tank. He says Iverson would love to play for the New York Knicks.

According to the Daily News, the Knicks are supposed to meet Iverson on Wednesday.

Iverson is a man of faith. He believed God chose the Memphis Grizzlies and that high faith he has in God is the same faith he has in himself. Iverson kept that faith and now I believe God may reward him with a spot on the Knicks where he can excel. 

The Knicks need Allen Iverson right now. They are 1-9 and in need of a scorer who can bring that energy to Madison Square Garden. Iverson would obviously fill the arenas. But the decision to sign Iverson is better for basketball reasons than it is for management reasons.

Playing in Mike D'Antoni's run and gun offense is the kind of system Iverson could excel in as long as he is not the go to guy on every play like he was for the Sixers for 10 years.

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Two seasons ago, Iverson was arguably the second best guard in the league. Playing for the Denver Nuggets, he put up 26.4 points per game and 7.1 assists, while shooting 46 percent from the field. The Nuggets ran a similar offense then as the Knicks do now.

Iverson could still be the best player on about 16-20 teams in the league, but the media is leading everyone to believe that Iverson is washed up and a cancerous distraction to team chemistry.

But, he is a different person then he was 10 years ago. 

Raised in the tough streets of Hampton Va., the only way he knew was his way.

He swore at coaches and played selfishly at times. But, Iverson was so talented that he could win games himself and I feel he still can.

Now a more mature, family man Iverson respects his coaches and teammates.

The Knicks should start Iverson and this season could still end well. I am not saying Iverson guarantee a spot in the playoffs, but an eighth seed at least isn't out of the question.

It is apparent New York needs a go -to scorer. To be sure, they can't lure the top flight talent in the 2010 free agent class, including Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, without a proven scorer. All three superstars would likely only come to New York if they had someone of Iverson's talent in place already.

Among his honors, including being named 2001 NBA MVP, a four-time scoring champion, 1996 Rookie of the Year, 10-time Al l-Star, Iverson is arguably the best little man ever.

Wade wanted Miami to sign Iverson in the summer, but Pat Riley passed even after Wade made it clear Iverson still had game left and he wanted to play alongside him.

The Knicks should get Allen Iverson as soon as possible so they can salvage this season and contend for that seventh or eighth seed in the East.

Iverson could become the player who attracts big free agents to the Knicks in 2010. He would have no problem being a second option to James, Wade or Bosh. The Knicks could, conceivably, contend for a title in 2010 because they would have one of the greatest guards in the league on their side. 

Donnie Walsh it is time you take a risk and make a move that could save the Knicks franchise and make you an even stronger team in 2010. Sign Allen Iverson! 

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