In his prime, Allen Iverson was among the best players in the NBA. His 11 All-Star appearances, four scoring titles, and MVP award have convinced many he could still have a role in the NBA.
However, that role will not be with the Miami Heat.
5. Iverson's Troubled Past
Off the court, Iverson's life has been marred by drama.
Iverson's first arrest came in 1993, before he was even drafted in the NBA, for his part in a brawl spurred by racial tension. He was sentenced to five years in prison, but the conviction was eventually overturned.
Iverson was again arrested in 1997 for possession of a concealed firearm and marijuana after a traffic stop for speeding. This time, he was sentenced to community service.
Throughout the 2000s, Iverson has had run-ins with authority everywhere from casinos to nightclubs. A Philadelphia Inquirer article by Stephen A. Smith, published March 7, 2010, stated that Iverson's friends believed Iverson would either "drink himself into oblivion or gamble his life away."
Does that sound like the kind of guy Pat Riley wants to have in the locker room of a potential championship team? Doubtful. Highly doubtful.
4. Iverson's Inability to Accept a Bench Role
Three teams, three seasons, three "retirements."
When Detroit asked Iverson to come off the bench, Iverson told them he would rather retire than be a bench player. Instead, Detroit deactivated him for the remainder of the season due to a "back injury."
The following season, Iverson attempted a comeback with the Memphis Grizzlies. But the same problem arose; Iverson was not willing to come off the bench. Iverson would eventually leave the team in November due to "personal reasons."
Not having learned from Iverson's previous seasons, the 76ers decided to give him another try in in December of 2009. By February 2010, Iverson had again left a team mid-season, this time for family issues.
The major problem here is that the Heat obviously do not have a starting job to offer A.I. Taking it a step further, the Heat do not even have minutes to offer him.
3. Iverson's Personality
Somehow, Iverson has failed to realize that he is no longer the player who won the MVP award nearly 10 years ago.
Prior to his return in 2009, Iverson told Stephen A. Smith, "...I can still compete at the highest level."
Iverson fails to realize he is no longer one of the best, and his inability to accept that would clash heavily with this Heat squad.
A team where three superstars were willing to sacrifice their own superstardom to co-exist on one team. Iverson would never be able to comprehend that. Worst part is it would be no surprise if Iverson told the media he was an equivalent to the three superstars in talent.
Iverson would not fit in a locker room where players are willing to take pay cuts and make sacrifices for the greater good of the team. The last few years have proven that.
2. Carlos Arroyo and Mario Chalmers
With the addition of Arroyo to the Heat's roster, Riley eliminated any need for another point guard. This not only indicated that the Heat had no interest in Iverson, but also that talks with Jason Williams had sizzled.
Arroyo was second in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio in the 2009-2010 season. While the starting job was Chalmers' to lose, Arroyo ate significantly into his minutes as the season progressed.
To begin the 2010-2011 season, the Heat have said the point guard job is again Chalmers' to lose. If the Heat are guaranteeing minutes to Chalmers, then there is absolutely no role left for Iverson on this team. I highly doubt that Arroyo is willing, or expecting to, take minimal minutes on this Heat team.
Especially considering that the Heat will more than likely run several setups with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade at the point.
1. Iverson's Hatred of Practice
This video explains it better than I ever could.
If you didn't count, Iverson just explained how lowly he thinks of practice 20 different ways in two minutes.
That seems to clash with the Pat Riley mantra: "A champion needs motivation above and beyond winning."
If you still aren't convinced the Heat will not sign Iverson, drop me a comment with your wager.