"I did a lot of things. I made a lot of mistakes as far as my actions and things that I've said."
That's pretty much the stance that AI took when he came to the Pistons from Denver in the infamous Chauncey Billups trade, but it turned out he really wasn't sincere. And that's what he is saying today, now that he has finished a season of international ball in Turkey after flopping with the 'ËœStones, and then with a return to his old 76ers, and finally at Memphis.
"I want to finish my career out in the NBA, if that's possible," Iverson now says. "And that's in any capacity. My whole thing now in trying to get back is letting any organization know that I'm willing to play any part that they want me to play."
He's really burned too many bridges for anybody to reasonably believe him, but some franchise probably will. It was surprising during the NBA Finals to hear ABC commentators Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson both say that Iverson might be a worthwhile investment.
In Turkey, Iverson had yet another leg injury but now he says he is fully healed. On the matter of his older-age injury troubles, he cannot be blamed. No player in the NBA ever sacrificed his body more.
But the blame came with his attitude. Injured or not, he quit on the Pistons and sold them out.
Now he's an old 36. Maybe this time he honestly sees the light, and would be willing to play an off-the-bench and/or a mentoring role.
It won't be with Detroit unless Joe Dumars has truly lost his mind, but if another team picks up Iverson next season, Pistons fans will be looking on with interest. And our expectations will be low.
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