Cody: Allen Iverson's me first attitude no good anywhere

The New York Knicks have publicly contemplated signing Allen Iverson.

Publicity stunt? No doubt.

There is no other reason to sign the former NBA MVP, who lately has been more of a whiny cry baby than basketball player.

Before the season, Iverson said he would use his year in Memphis to prove his critics wrong.

Three unspectacular games and a terminated contact later, Iverson has instead proven nearly all of those critics right.

His ego is just far too big to be coming off of the bench. Even though he was averaging nearly 23 minutes a night for the Grizzlies, Iverson could not handle being a role player.

"We talkin' about startin'. Not a bench player, but a starter. How silly is that?"

Unfortunately, Iverson's 34-year-old, ball-hog point guard mentality is better suited to role player status, or even better, a spot off of the team.

No longer is he an unstoppable scoring threat. He is certainly not the guy who averaged 33 points a game for the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2005-2006 season.

Iverson's point totals are down. His assists are down. His age is up. All signs point to him being done.

Do not tell him that.

Iverson still thinks he is a star.

(Kudos to Arthur Mouratidis for the photo off of Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.)


November 19, 2009 at 12:39 PM Anonymous said...

wow Just look at the picture. He definately thinks he's a one man show.

November 19, 2009 at 1:04 PM Cody Eding said...

And I think the one-man mentality is why he can't stand coming off of the bench.

Iverson WAS a great player. He's a good player now.

He doesn't have the elusive NBA championship ring, and if he wants to get one, he's going to have to learn to be a role player.

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