Archive for November 8, 2009

The long goodbye

Posted: November 8, 2009 in NBA

To those of you whom are not NBA watchers, legendary guard Allen Iverson’s last team is the Memphis Grizzlies. They are bad. Not just bad but turrible. Where am I going you ask?

The latest news out of the Grizzlies camp is that AI has had enough. He is taking some personal leave and goin to ATL, where he rests his head in the offseason.

AI’s decline has been lamented before. AI might have been the single most important cultural force in the NBA this generation. Iverson’s bona fides are not in question here. His pride, stubbornness, etc is though.

Iverson isn’t the only one to blame here either. I think the Grizz tried to bait-and-switch with Iverson. I think they thought they could get Iverson to come off the bench once he signed with them. AI has made his feelings about being a bench player well known. Would you go be a bench player for the Grizz or the Lakers, Celtics, Cavs, or Magic? Exactly.
It just hurts to see his career slowly decline when it didn’t have to be this way.
AI still have quality ball left in him. If the Grizz are gonna screw around with him, then send him somewhere where he could be a vital cog in the machine.