Allen Iverson and Puerto Rico’s professional basketball league are in talks to possibly bring the former NBA All-Star to the Puerto Rican league. Iverson has been out of the NBA since 2010 when he had brief stints with the Grizzlies and the 76ers. The Philadelphia stay felt a lot more like a farewell tour than an attempt to win and was just as pathetic as his Memphis stay-over.
The problem with Iverson is he’s past his prime. He can no longer be the 1-option on an NBA offense and his game and attitude simply aren’t willing or able to comprehend the concept of team basketball.
Iverson has been the go-to-guy his entire life. Coming out of high school as a top recruit and throughout his stay at Georgetown Iverson was the man. The offense flowed through him whether the coach liked it or not. He took a lot of shots and always dominated the offensive flow. Now that he’s in the twilight of his career his only way back to the NBA is as a role player and that doesn’t seem like something Iverson can comprehend.
His presence with both the Grizzlies and Philadelphia in 2010 felt more like him trying to prove he’s still the go-to-man, instead of his adapting to the reality of his new role in the league. The fact he’s always been a headache for coaches and never really fit in well with teammates is only exacerbated now that he doesn’t have the game to back it up.
It’s unfortunate to see, but Iverson has probably played his last NBA game. Sure, he’s better than many veteran players in the league and could definitely beat players like Derek Fischer 1-on-1, but that’s not what teams want out of Fischer. They want a veteran role player that leads by example and comes into the game in specific spots to have an impact. This appears to be a role Iverson is incapable of filling.
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