Allen Iverson, What Are You Doing?!
Allen Iverson defeated all odds against him when he entered the NBA as the number one draft pick in 1996.
There’s no denying Iverson has left his footprint in the league for all basketball players that are listed at 6′ feet. He instilled hope into all the small players around the world. He had a nice jump shot, killer crossover (wassup Mike!) and had a big heart for the game. But now it’s all going down very quickly. AI’s stock is decreasing every single day. Which leads me to ask Iverson, what are you doing?!
I’ve had an interest in Iverson since he put the Philadelphia 76ers on his back, carrying them to the finals against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2oo1. They even won the first game as we all remember when AI stepped over Tyronn Lue after shooting a jumper in his face. At 6′ feet he put fear into his opponent’s eyes for the fear of being embarrassed.
But we fast forward to 2009 and things have drastically changed. Iverson spent some time on the Denver Nuggets as he teamed up with Carmelo Anthony to make a run. But that didn’t work out. He then played with the Detroit Pistons and was exposed because he could not play with a team that was well known for being a team that shared the ball. Now Iverson sits on the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies. Instead of turning over a new leaf, it’s the same immature Iverson complaining about being a bench player.
Iverson, you need a better a support team. You may need to talk to some other NBA players who are in the same situation as you so that you can learn how to cope with this move. You are no longer feared; you’re getting old. It’s not a dis, it’s just facts. Why not show teams all over the league that you can be okay with coming off the bench? It makes you an asset to a team instead of a liability.
I’m sure every executive in the NBA wants to have you on their team because you can teach some of the younger players and be a leader, but they have their doubts because of the immature taste you leave on the teams you play with. It’s not even a month in to the season and you’re complaining about the Grizzlies!
I know it’s rough right now but I need you to improve immediately. I don’t want your career to end this way. Man up! Come off the bench and earn your way to a starting role. Maybe show some more dedication to “practice” (see video below). But for now I’m disappointed in your actions over these past couple of years.
As I end this, I’ll leave you guys with some nice clips. But how do you feel about Allen Iverson? Is his career done? Where do you see him playing next year or this year? Will his attitude change? Let me know.