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A.I. Still “The Answer” For Philly

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It is an understatement to say that this has been a hard year for Allen Iverson. Last season, A.I. was traded from the Denver Nuggets to the Detroit Pistons, where he struggled with a back injury, and was forced to a bench role. The Pistons fell down the stretch, and Iverson headed into the offseason as a free agent.

Oddly, not many teams had an interest in the ten-time All-Star. Among Iverson’s rumored destinations were the Charlotte Bobcats, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, and the Memphis Grizzlies. Besides the Heat, the aforementioned teams are annually at the bottom of the NBA standings. Ultimately, Iverson signed with the Grizzlies, because he thought it would be the best place for him to secure a starting job. However, Iverson was placed on the bench, and this was a big shot at an old superstar’s ego.  This forced A.I. to take a leave of absence from the team, which ended in his outright release from the team.

A free agent again, the New York Knicks emerged as a possible destination for Iverson. After a couple days passed, Knicks’ president Donnie Walsh rejected the rumors, saying that Iverson’s signing would take too much playing time from young players, and would stun their development. Now with no offers left on the table and frustrated, Iverson released a statement that he would retire. The backlash from this statement led to several former coaches reaching out to Iverson, urging him not to retire. Iverson’s former Georgetown coach, John Thompson, set up a meeting with Iverson to discuss his future in the NBA.

A week passed, and the A.I. talk was mum, until Sixers PG Lou Williams broke his jaw in a game against the Washington Wizards. Surgery was required for the injury, and Williams is expected to be out for up to 8 weeks. The rumor mills were now saying that it was a strong possibility that Iverson signed with the Sixers. All of a sudden, a reunion of A.I. and Philadelphia makes perfect sense.

This all confuses me very much so, because I believe that Iverson is a perfect fit, even with Lou Williams healthy. So far, the Sixers are off to a dismal start with a record of 5-12. Philadelphia is also an annual .500 team, 7th or 8th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and almost a lock to be bounced in the first round of said playoffs. However, the Sixers have young talent such as Andre Iguodala (another A.I.), the aforementioned Williams, and Thaddeus Young. Philadelphia has a superstar in F Elton Brand, and good defense in the middle by C Samuel Dalembert. Although, what the Sixers lack is the ability to score from 3-point land, and on jump shots. Philadelphia is mostly a run-and-gun team, without the clutch scorer that is necessary late in games.

Allen Iverson (above) in a Sixers uniform when he formerly played for Philadelphia.



The only thing the Sixers would have to provide Iverson is a starting job, and personally I think it makes a perfect sense. A.I. would provide balance to the rest of this team, and could make them the 4th or 5th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Sixers would have to pull off some major upsets over teams such as the Boston Celtics, the Orlando Magic, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, but to get it done, the answer is still A.I.


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  1. i love AI!


    March 4, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    • i tottally agree iverson is the sixers and the boys can learn a thing or 2 from the man who put the tem on the map for years not to say the young ones arent doing there thang but the best piece is the last peice iverson

      carlos canady

      February 22, 2011 at 4:53 AM

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