Pivot Points: Enough with the Allen Iverson Speculation, His Time Has Passed

Hadarii JonesSenior Writer INovember 21, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Allen Iverson #3 of the Memphis Grizzlies on the court against the Los Angeles Lakers on November 6, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 114-98. 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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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New York Knicks President Donnie Walsh summed it up perfectly when he said that although Allen Iverson is a terrific player his team is going in a different direction, and he hopes that he is able to land with a team that could use him.

Coach Mike D'antoni echoed those sentiments saying that Iverson would take away minutes from his younger players who are still in their developmental stage.

For the record, that's two of the worst teams in the NBA that have said that they have no discernible need for Allen Iverson's talents. That makes me wonder, can anyone in the league use Iverson, and more importantly, why do we care?

If the Knicks, who put the d in dysfunctional, don't want you and the Memphis Grizzlies cut you loose, who in their right mind is going to be willing to take a chance on you?

Throw in the Charlotte Bobcats and that's a grand total of three horrible teams that won't touch Iverson and their excuses are basically mirror images of each other.

This requires some introspection, because the young teams don't want him for fear of stunting the development of their players, and the veteran teams don't want him for fear of ruining team chemistry.

If no other team has any real interest in Iverson at this point, then why should we? This very web site has been rife with speculation about where Iverson may land, without taking into account that he may not land at all, and so what?

The Iverson drivel has been overshadowing what has been a terrific start to another NBA season, and it's not even a real basketball issue.

Who cares that this crop of rookies, with Brandon Jennings leading the way, could be one of the most under-estimated in history? Who cares that the race for the playoffs could be one of the most competitive in years?

All we care to talk about is where Iverson is going, and it's not even important. I made a promise to myself that I would not write another article about Iverson because it's really not news.

I have written a total of three articles that attempted to decipher the whole Iverson saga, and none of them has been an indictment of Iverson's skills, and neither is this one.

You know what would really be news? If a team actually signed Iverson and took a chance on him, that would be real news, because it would only be for one of two reasons, a blatant attempt to sell tickets, or pure desperation.

If the Charlotte Bobcats won't sign you then that first one is out the door, because they need the help selling tickets more than anyone else. And what contending team is going to sign you and threaten destroying established chemistry?

So the hard truth may be that Iverson might have to sit this season out until someone loses their mind and considers him an option, and you know, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

The current season is not suffering without him, there are far more stories that have to do with basketball than his, and his current state is in no small part, his own doing.

So maybe we should give all this Allen Iverson talk a rest until he signs with a team, I cross my fingers and promise I will, because if someone eventually does, then that will really be something to talk about.

All the rest of it is really useless speculation on a player, although talented, whose time may have passed.  


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