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Allen Iverson has always been one of my favorite players to watch in the NBA. Though he doesn't believe in "practice", he's always played his heart out and been willing to sacrifice his body. I was stunned to hear the announcement that he plans to retire.  This seems like an incredibly rash decision on his part, and something I'm sure he will change his mind about soon. However, with the recent chatter of Iverson coming to Boston, I was incredibly relieved that at least this retirement would mean he wouldn't be coming to Beantown.

Iverson still can be a solid player in this league, but he is not good enough to start for any championship contending teams. Not only that, but his ego is too big for him to except a lesser role. Boston doesn't need another scorer on their team. They need a backup point guard and a lengthy perimeter defender to guard Lebron and Kobe. Would Iverson be able to give them scoring off the bench? Of course he would, but at the expense of other players. Plus, the Iverson/Rasheed Wallace combination has already been a failure in the past. The last thing we need is two gunners coming off the bench.

I've always respected AI's game, but he isn't what he used to be. One of the saddest things in sports is watching the decline of a great player. You see them desperately hanging on to what they once were. They still have the belief that they are great, but their physical abilities are diminished.

I remember when Jordan came to the Wizards. Though he was still a solid player, it was depressing watching one of my childhood idols languish in mediocrity. I'm hoping Iverson stays retired and keeps his legacy in tact. However, the reality is he will probably be wearing an NBA uniform in the next month.

Karl Dillinger 11/26/2009 02:41:00 PM Edit
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  1. tb727 says:

    I don't think he'd be coming to the C's. However if he ever decided to come to Cleveland and play as the 6th man there I think he'd flourish in that role and I'd hate to see it. Face it the Cavs SUCK donkey balls when Lebron's on the bench- they're just awful because they have no one else who can consistently create his own shot (I'm not buying Mo Williams either). Iverson would solve that problem and could probably play 10 minutes or so with LeBron and Shaq.

    Hopefully that doesn't come to fruition.

  2. ThomasJ says:

    That would be a sign of desperation from Cleveland. Whatever offensive benefit it would make the Cavs bench guards even worse defensively. AI never was a great man up defender, and outside of Parker and West, they are severely undersized already.

    I have also been a fan and would like to see him stay retired, but if he decides to damage his legacy, I can't think of a better place than Cleveland from a Celtic point of view.

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