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Allen Iverson Wants to Play for the Boston Celtics: Fan Report
Gary Washburn from the Boston Globe is reporting that Allen Iverson(notes) wouldn't mind sitting on the bench for the Boston Celtics. Iverson, a four-time scoring champion and former MVP, is presently 36 years old and considered over-the-hill and in denial.
After a dazzling decade as the face of the Philadelphia 76ers and a few productive years alongside Carmelo Anthony(notes) with the Denver Nuggets, the Shake 'N Bake originator began to lose his luster in 2008, when he was traded to the Detroit Pistons. His already low field-goal percentage dipped closer to 40 and he could no longer take the same volume of shots, so his points declined drastically.
Believing that his ineffectiveness was a result of the way he was being used in Motown, Iverson went on to have brief, disastrous stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and then the 76ers, until he was practically banished to Turkey.
Most critics believe Iverson was unable to deal with the reality of his decline and it was rumored that legend even resorted to drinking and gambling to calm the pain.
Despite his dramatic downfall, Iverson is unquestionably one of the top shooting guards of all-time and a surefire Hall of Famer. In my humble opinion, the little warrior who provided nearly fifteen years of thrills to NBA fans deserves one last shot.
According to the Globe report, Iverson's agent Gary Moore said: "I have already spoken to Allen about that and many other opportunities, and of course he would be interested in anywhere in the NBA but Boston is particularly attractive to him. He has the utmost respect for Doc Rivers and the current roster of players. Allen would relish the opportunity to play in that organization.''
Honestly, if an ideal situation were even possible for A.I., it would be Boston. He would get to play with veterans who, like him, were among the best in the NBA in their primes. And even though his role will be limited, he could still offer a significant impact behind Rajon Rondo(notes) on team hungry to make a title run.
The Big Three and A.I. share a theme: One last time.
If you'll recall, in 2010 the Celtics traded for Nate Robinson(notes), who provided an important spark as a scorer off the bench in playoffs and even the Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. If only Iverson could swallow his pride and learn how to age gracefully from K.G. and Ray-Ray, he could provide a similar role to Nate's and help the Celtics before Garnett becomes a free agent and the Big Three era ends.
He might even capture that ring that eluded him his whole career.
The question is, when Iverson looks in the mirror, will he see himself as he is now, or will he still see that 21-year-old kid who put up 30 shots, played 48 minutes and broke Michael Jordan's ankles?
Is reality just too painful for A.I., or will he learn how to accept it and make the best of it, like Celtics' Big Three have.
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