Sunday, August 23, 2009
Iverson to Charlotte Makes Sense
There aren't many things that make sense about Allen Iverson. He is a first ballot Hall Of Fame, possibly the best pound-for-pound player in NBA history and averaged over 26 pts just a couple years ago.
Now he's in his mid-30s, has a rep for hogging the ball and doesn't want to hear anything about being a role player. He wants to score and that's that.
So looking at the NBA landscape, almost nothing made sense. Miami? A.I. would screw up Dwyane Wade's game. Memphis? They already have an O.J. Mayo there. Clippers? He'd set a bad example for their young guys.
All along, most people figured that Iverson to Charlotte is the best move. Iverson gets back with Larry Brown, who was his coach during his prime years and he goes to a team that needs "The Answer." There are plenty of shots for Iverson to take since the Bobcats are one of the worst scoring teams in the league. There is plenty of love for him since the fan-base needs something to get them buzzing.
He also won't be screwing anything up. Charlotte doesn't have anyone like Iverson on the roster. They don't have anyone that is the face of the franchise (the de-facto face, Emeka Okafor, was sent packing). This was a team that was in the playoff hunt in the final month of the season. A guy like Iverson could get them over the hump and into the postseason. That would finally get this organization on the map.
If he goes all A.I. on us and just runs and guns, who cares. Is he really stunting the development of anyone on the team? If he pouts or gets out of line, it would be very easy for them to wipe their hands of him.
I'm not going to say it's a win-win situation, but it is the best thing for both parties involved.
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