November 25, 2009
Brown to Iverson: Don't retire
Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown says he plans to contact Allen Iverson, to try to talk him out of his intent to retire.
Don't confuse that with Brown recruiting Iverson to be a Bobcat. Brown has maintained throughout this process he wouldn't put Iverson in a position where he wouldn't be guaranteed a featured role. As well as Stephen Jackson has played here, Iverson in a featured role would be less likely than ever.
Brown simply hates the idea of Iverson's career ending this way; that walking away from a brief stay with the Memphis Grizzlies would be Iverson's final act. And as difficult as the Brown-Iverson relationship became in Philadelphia, Brown's affection and respect for Iverson is genuine.
Posted by Observer Sports on November 25, 2009 at 10:57 PM | Permalink
Great move Coach... I'm with you!
Posted by: T-Bro | Nov 25, 2009 11:56:54 PM
Allen Iverson has still a lot to offer, and can still be a great offensive asset to almost any team. As a big Iverson fan for many years, I'd be very sad if his career ended now, in such a manner.
In my opinion, AI made a big mistake this summer to spurn a big contract offer made to him by one of the top Euroleague teams (Olympiakos, where Josh Childress is playing). Only if you don't follow it you wouldn't know the intensity and the level of competition between the best European teams.
AI refused to acknowledge that NBA teams are interested in developing their young guards and therefore can't offer him the leading role he wants, because that will be detrimental to their "youth movement". Donnie Walsh just explained this openly; to me, this was obvious this summer, when AI was struggling to get a contract. It doesn't matter that he's still better than most of those young players - managers have to plan their teams' future.
For those who think that this Euroleague idea is ridiculous, remember that such great players as Dominique Wilkins, Bob McAdoo and Tom Chambers played in Europe late in their careers. If he had been able to go past his initial reluctance, AI would've been treated like a superstar in Europe, and I think he would've had a blast competing there and trying to get that title.
As things are now, I wish an NBA team will decide to sign him, but, the chances seem slim.
Posted by: Sandy | Nov 26, 2009 12:01:48 AM
Please. It's not like he's electing to retire... he's acknowledging that there's really not a team out there that wants him. And at this point in his career, who would?
We keep hearing the same chorus from AI apologists... "There are contenders out there that could use him as a role player!" Therein lies the problem, AI can't accept being a role player. He's had 14 years of being the Alpha male in the NBA, through all the great moments his mindset hasn't changed a bit, and that's going to be his legacy. Great INDIVIDUAL talent.
Posted by: David | Nov 26, 2009 12:32:21 AM
there are 30 teams in the nba and there are about 4 guards in their prime currently or more so than AI that make sense for their GM's to say "no thank you" to AI. that leaves about 26 teams with their heads up their A's. The situation in charlotte is complicated as can be when you are talking about future but i mean....let's be real.....pay felton 6 or 7 million a year or pay iverson 4? that's not a question that's an answer. the answer.
this is one of the most disrespectful blackballing of a legend who has bled for this game. the guy could single handedly make a team like NY or NYJ competitive nightly. yet they "pass" on him. thats a slap in the face of the fans of the nba.
Posted by: charlottean | Nov 26, 2009 1:02:17 AM
I wish they'd still sign him, but if they play like they have the last two games, I must admit it may not be necessary. Still, you can never have enough scoring punch, especially when trying to pull out games on the road. If A.I. were smart, he'd take a bench role with the Cats and play as needed.
Posted by: Ari | Nov 26, 2009 1:42:05 AM
Wow! Do you realize how much AI would ignite the Cats fanbase! That would be auuusuum to get AI.
Posted by: Cassy | Nov 26, 2009 2:12:18 AM
Our PG struggles this year are well documented. Why not bring him in at starting PG? I love Felton, but bringing in a vet for 1 season might be the best thing for him.
Posted by: flanahan32 | Nov 26, 2009 9:12:20 AM
worst case scenario - Iverson and Jackson clash and we suck. Guess what... we already suck. We have sucked for the past... well since we decided to have orange uniforms. Best case scenario we have 2 all stars with some great role players, and a hall of fame coach. Suddenly we're playing for 4th or 5th in the east... maybe turning some heads in the playoffs.
Posted by: flanahan32 | Nov 26, 2009 9:13:53 AM
I should have been banned years ago. He is the poster child for all that is wrong with the NBA. He's a selfish thug.
Posted by: William | Nov 26, 2009 9:37:46 AM
Allen Iverson has displayed time and time again that he is not a good teammate unless he is THE Man. He doesn't want to win, he wants 30 shots a game no matter the outcome. Seriously people, if he was willing to change, there would be at least 10-15 teams lining up to sign him.
Posted by: Jimmy | Nov 26, 2009 10:27:04 AM
I hope he stays retried. Why would anyone want someone who openly refuses to put his interest before the teams. You want to be a champion you have to be a good teammate. He is just a selfish human being.
Posted by: R. A. Smith | Nov 26, 2009 2:48:16 PM
What I dont get is teams like New Jersey, New York, who are lacking points on the board. Well hello points=Allen Iverson. The guy is not looking for alot of money, he's looking to help. He has no bad relationship with his teammates. Coach Brown gave him the ball let him free, that led to his best year. Two years ago 51 points against the lakers, 36 points against the jazz last year, 18 points 7 assist in 27 minutes this year, now you tell me he still aint got it. C,mon Lionel Hollins there's no more AI, you have your so called chemistry, n'd your still losing. You want a guy that's going to be lively and give it all he's got New Jersey, who will turn your mourge lockeroom into a nursery. ALLEN IVERSON!!!!!!!!!!!!.
Posted by: al | Nov 27, 2009 12:09:33 AM
If he isn't coming to Charlotte then forget-about-it!!
Posted by: panfan1 | Nov 27, 2009 12:23:04 AM
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