No Answer

He is one of the most exciting players the game has seen in recent memory. He has one of the better motors in the game that keeps going. For a small point guard, he really has a knack for scoring. His numbers and statistics prove it.

So why is he not on a NBA team this late in the game?

Allen Iverson has been a free agent since the signing period began, and as we approach September, and teams getting ready to return from the offseason, there’s no home for The Answer.

We know Iverson is loaded with talent, and he is still able to play at a high level. One problem is that is he really a team player? The Detroit situation was a disaster. The Pistons pride themselves on being a team, which is the reason, and when the trade was made with Denver to acquire Iverson, it was in the hopes to make Iverson a team player, with the goal to win a championship. Iverson never adjusted, the ticket sales and interest went down, and the Pistons were quickly ousted from the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers. It raises questions to the GMs of these title contenders who are looking for that missing piece to the puzzle: Why bring him in if he’s not wanting to be part of the team? These thoughts come into play when Iverson is complaining about playing from the bench. So it looks as if he is not going to a championship contender.

Now what if a team has up and coming players that they want to see flourish even more. Iverson would not be a good fit due to his refusal to come off the bench. The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers had a great interest in Iverson, but he did not want to come off the bench. Memphis has a really great situation with their young core of talent consisting of Mike Conley, Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, and the #2 pick in this year’s draft, Hasheem Thabeet. The Clippers have a good core as well, with Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, and Blake Griffin with the #1 pick.

The best fit for Iverson would be with his old coach from Philadelphia, Larry Brown. These two brought out the best (and worst) in each other, and Iverson would be a great fit in Brown’s offense for his current team, the Charlotte Bobcats. The only thing that is blocking this signing is that the Bobcats are strapped for cash and a roster spot would have to be made for Iverson to even be on the team (most likely Raymond Felton, whom the ‘Cats are not going to get rid of)

Iverson will have a team before training camp, and whatever team he is on, he will still have a huge impact. He is 34, and getting up there in age, but he still has a lot of game left in him. It is too good of talent to not be picked up, but can he get through his pride and character issues and bring a new dynamic to his game and the team? That remains to be seen.

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