Could Allen Iverson Be Part of the Answer for the New York Knicks?

David F. BaerCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2010

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Allen Iverson once donned a black and red 76ers jersey and terrorized Knicks fans on a nightly basis.

While those days might be long gone, perhaps "The Answer" might be part of the solution to the Knicks troubles.

Or maybe he isn’t.

Iverson is past his prime, is a headache to deal with, and doesn’t need to surround the Knicks with any more bad press than they already have.

As it is, there are rumors swirling saying Isiah Thomas might resume his old post if Donnie Walsh has to step down due to health issues.

The Knicks don’t need Allen Iverson, nor should they even look into signing him.

At this point, New York would benefit more from allowing its young players to grow, than from employing a 35-year-old has-been.

The Knicks already have a fairly crowded backcourt, with Raymond Felton, Toney Douglas, Kelenna Azubuike, and throw in Bill Walker and Wilson Chandler, who sometimes play shooting guard.

At 26 years old, Azubuike is the oldest of this crew.

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The Knicks flirted with the idea of signing Iverson last offseason, but eventually decided to pass up ‘"The Answer.”

Instead, Memphis signed him, and Iverson played in three games before departing from the Grizzlies.

He eventually signed with Philly, and played in 25 games, starting all but one of them. He averaged just under 14 points per game as a Sixer.

If Iverson still had just half of the defensive prowess he once possessed, teams would be lining up to sign him.

If that were the case, the Knicks would be fools not to sign Iverson. Heck, sign his tattoo artists also if that’s what it came down to.

But that’s not the case anymore. Iverson, one of the greatest guards of all time, and owner of the game’s sickest crossover dribble, has to face reality.

If the New York Knicks aren’t interested in Iverson’s services, then who is? At this point, Iverson can’t even be a piece to a championship caliber team because of his off-court dramatics. 

At this point, the best place for Iverson to try and play (and capture his first championship) might be Miami.

Now that’s a deal you know Knicks fans would applaud.