At this point, it’s heartbreaking to hear Allen Iverson repeatedly begging for an NBA team to give him a shot.
The player who once single-handedly carried the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals, won an MVP award despite standing all of 6-feet tall, revolutionized basketball culture and defined an era is still without work. For whatever reason, the 36-year-old Iverson, who has repetitively made it clear that he’s willing to accept any role with any team in the league, can’t get a single club to take a chance on him.
In a recent interview with CSNPhilly.com after his celebrity basketball game in Greensboro, North Carolina over the weekend, the always-fascinating Iverson offered these thoughts:
“I just want to do whatever an organization wants me to do,” Iverson told the website. “Everybody made a big thing about me not wanting to come off the bench, but I said that at that point because it never happened to me in my life and it was something new to me, and obviously I didn’t know how to handle it.
"To be back on the biggest stage is my whole thing and I feel like I have a couple more years left in my career and I want to play," he said. "I sat through and watched the whole season and it was tough for me. Now I just try to do what I have to do to be physically and mentally able to get back on the stage.”
Iverson, of course, briefly enjoyed a stint in Turkey last year before a calf injury ultimately robbed him of his chance to make a difference overseas. Much like his relationships on this side of the pond, Iverson’s affairs with that club didn’t end particularly well – with both sides seemingly disappointed at how events unfolded.
Now, the four-time scoring champion wants a shot at replacing the bad memories that his unfortunate runs with the Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons may have left behind. It remains to be seen if Iverson will get his wish, though, as arguably the most mesmerizing blackballing in NBA history doesn’t look like it’s going to end any time soon.
Like with anything else, it’s best to remember the good times with Iverson – rather than the cringe-inducing uncomfortable ones we’re currently living through. Here is classic A.I. in arguably his most memorable moment ever: