Allen Iverson desperately wants an NBA gig. The New York Knicks desperately need some depth, particularly at the guard position. That alone should be reason enough to explain why Iverson-to-New York rumors have been running rampant ever since the NBA fiercest little man ever showed up to the Philadelphia 76ers’ Game 6 battle versus the Boston Celtics last week.
But, beyond all that, there were actually other things that contributed to the speculation that New York might at least look into picking up Iverson.
For one, the team’s newly extended head coach, Mike Woodson, coached him for two years while he served as an assistant under Larry Brown (2001-2003) – so he’s familiar with the sort of spirit that Iverson can bring to the table on a nightly basis. (Whether that’s a good thing or bad thing is debatable.) Plus, seeing as Toney Douglas is the Knicks’ lone guard under contract heading into next year, it’s not like the squad is really in a strong enough position to not look into every potential possibility.
“…The Post has learned Iverson is one CAA client the Knicks won’t pursue, deeming it too big a gamble.”
While Iverson’s role as a fan favorite is beyond reproach at this point, you can’t really blame the Knicks for looking elsewhere to fill their holes. There is a reason that no team has bothered to give him a look since 2010. As sad as it is to acknowledge, A.I.’s time in The Association is done.