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News » What about Iverson?

What about Iverson?

What about Iverson? It has been an eventful few days for Allen Iverson, the 2001 NBA Most Valuable Player who announced on Wednesday that he had decided to retire after 13 seasons, during which he averaged 27.2 points per game, because it appeared no NBA teams were interested in adding him after he was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Two coaches influential in Iverson's career, former Georgetown mentor John Thompson and Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown, reached out to him in an attempt to talk him into reconsidering his decision.

Of course, it takes two to do the NBA tango, so Iverson will need a partner to ask him to get back on the floor.

Here's our take on how Iverson can get back to "Dancing With the All-Stars," a listing of the teams that may, or should, consider adding him, either now, or in time for a playoff drive in the spring:

Philadelphia 76ers

Why they would sign him: Louis Williams is out for eight weeks with a broken jaw, so they need a backcourt player who can score. There are few better than Iverson, and what could be more appropriate than for Iverson to end his career in Philly, where he had his greatest success? New Sixers coach Eddie Jordan reportedly likes the idea, and there is no question Philadelphians would be thrilled to see him back in a Sixers uniform.

Why they're wary: They would like to develop rookie Jrue Holiday, and they are building for the future around Holiday and other youngsters, like Marreese Speights. Privately, the Sixers brass wonders if Iverson would be the right sort of influence.

Odds he'll land there: 4-1

New York Knicks

Why they would sign him: True, the Knicks were thisclose to offering Iverson a deal last week until Mike D'Antoni called around and talked to some of the coaches who have dealt with the mercurial guard in recent seasons. But the Knicks need to give their fans reason to show up at Madison Square Garden, where they are 1-7, and Iverson always has been one of the league's most entertaining players. Besides, he would be an upgrade over Chris Duhon at point guard, and he never would fire up a shot at the opponents' basket, no matter what.

Why they're wary: D'Antoni already has problems keeping Nate Robinson happy. Plus, they're trying to develop rookie point guard Toney Douglas. Adding Iverson risks making more Knicks very unhappy.

Odds he'll land there: 8-1

Boston Celtics

Why they would sign him: Doc Rivers blows hot and cold about backup shooting guard Eddie House because House is, well, hot and cold. He would know what to expect from Iverson. The Celtics have a recent history of adding aging guards, signing Sam Cassell for the 2007-08 season and petulant Stephon Marbury last season. With Kevin Garnett on board and talented Rajon Rondo starting at the point, Iverson could be expected to be a good soldier and come off the bench for one of the league's true title contenders.

Why they're wary: Rondo is a bit of a loose cannon and House can be pretty flighty himself. Does a team just one season removed from an NBA title risk its chemistry on a player like Iverson?

Odds he'll land there: 12-1

Charlotte Bobcats

Why they would sign him: Three reasons: Larry Brown, Larry Brown and ... let's see ... Larry Brown. Despite their celebrated differences in the past, including a horrid relationship during the 2004 Olympics, Brown is an unabashed admirer of Iverson's competitiveness and talent. It's been Brown trying hardest to get him back in Basketball, so why not bring him to the Bobcats?

Why they're wary: They've already got a glut of guards, including a bunch who are combo guards, just like Iverson. There simply isn't room for The Answer on a team that already has D.J. Augustin, Raymond Felton, Flip Murray and Gerald Henderson.

Odds he'll land there: 20-1

San Antonio Spurs

Why they would sign him: There is only one scenario that would prompt the Spurs to add Iverson: Injuries, injuries and more injuries. With Manu Ginobili already having suffered a hamstring strain and a groin strain; Tony Parker already having been out with yet another ankle sprain; and with Roger Mason Jr. now battling a sore hammy, the Spurs' guard corps is off to a snake-bitten start. Gregg Popovich is also a big fan of Iverson's competitiveness.

Why they're wary: They've won four championships by putting pieces around Tim Duncan designed to foster championship chemistry. Iverson wouldn't insist on starting for the Spurs , but you wonder if he would insist on floating on defense, because he always has.

Odds he'll land there: 500-1

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Added: December 1, 2009


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