Report: D-League Perusing Allen Iverson
Old 01-29-2013, 06:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Dallas area probably didn't ask a question, but it could be getting The Answer.

The Texas Legends, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks, are reportedly pursuing Allen Iverson, according to a report from Marc Stein at ESPN.com.

The third-year D-League franchise reportedly began lobbying the longtime Philadelphia 76ers guard last season and "ramped up" their pursuit of Iverson on Monday, the report says.

Iverson last played in the NBA during the 2009-10 season, appearing in 28 games in short stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and 76ers. The 37-year-old was the Rookie of the Year in 1996-97 and the MVP in 2000-01, when he led the 76ers to the NBA Finals. A four-time scoring champ and 11-time All-Star, Iverson averaged 26.7 points a game over his 14 seasons and is 19th on the all-time list with 24,368 points.

Iverson made waves when he signed a $4 million deal with Turkish club Besiktas in October 2010. But his stint in Turkey only lasted 10 games due to a calf injury. Iverson also played for a U.S. All-Star squad during a tour of China.

Since returning to the United States, Iverson has turned down lucrative deals to play for foreign clubs — notably in China — because he still sees a future in the NBA. However, when Iverson appeared at a 76ers playoff game last May, he acknowledged to ESPN reporter Lisa Salters that an NBA return may not be possible.

"I want to play basketball so bad," Iverson told Salters on the broadcast. "The way it is right now, I've accepted the fact that that might not happen, but I still want to play basketball, and if I can get an opportunity where it's going to make me happy at the end of my career, I'll take that opportunity."

As Stein notes in his report, the Legends have built a reputation for helping resurrect careers. The team has signed 16 former NBA first-round picks during its three-year existence, and veterans Sean Williams, Dan Gadzuric, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Antonio Daniels have all returned to the NBA after stints with the Legends. Veteran guards Delonte West and Rashad McCants have also recently joined the team.

Iverson has yet to respond to the Legends' offer, but here's hoping that basketball fans get one more chance to see The Answer's epic crossover
Report: D-League team pursuing Allen Iverson
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Iverson Declines D-League Offer, Admits Actions Ended Career Early
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Allen Iverson wrote on Twitter that he has declined an invitation to join the D-League's Texas Legends.

The Legends have been pursuing Iverson throughout the season.

"I thank Donnie (Nelson) and Dallas for the consideration and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me," wrote Iverson.

"I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA, should God provide me another opportunity I will give it my all," Iverson continued.

Iverson's post was his first in 57 days.
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His response is classic Iverson.

Thanks but I'm too good for your generous offer, I will just wait for a bus that ain't ever coming.
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isnt AI in horrible debt? i read somewhere that he is flat broke.
youd think he would do anything in his power to swallow his pride and make it back to the league.
one week in the D league and im pretty sure teams would be ringing his phone off the hook.
you'd even think that one dinner with an nba owner, where he can have a heart felt conversation and prove he has changed would do the trick.

this guy is in his own world and refuses to grow up.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I can't blame him for having some pride. I can blame him for having too much pride at times... But this is D-League. You think Steve Nash would go to the D-League if he couldn't get an NBA job? I doubt it.
Iverson may want to play basketball but not everyone is like Rodman who went around the world playing in crappy tournaments until it got really sad.

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isnt AI in horrible debt? i read somewhere that he is flat broke.
youd think he would do anything in his power to swallow his pride and make it back to the league.
one week in the D league and im pretty sure teams would be ringing his phone off the hook.
you'd even think that one dinner with an nba owner, where he can have a heart felt conversation and prove he has changed would do the trick.

this guy is in his own world and refuses to grow up.
He's supposedly broke and his debts are piling up, but he also has ~30 mil reserve fund that his manager was smart enough to set up for him. He can't access that money for many years (don't remember the exact age) but he gets interest every year.
Also, he'll be eligible for NBA veteran pension once he gets older.
So he's not exactly destitute.
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dont compare Nash to AI.
Nash isnt burried in debt, and doesnt need the money. AI does. i just googled some info saying AI's monthly income is currently 62K and his expenses are 360K (divorce, child support, creditors, houses, etc).
do the math, that 30 million will be dried up when he's allowed to access it (when he's 55).
pride is a powerful thing.
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he should have taken the offer, if her played there he would have been there for a couple weeks at most I think
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dont compare Nash to AI.
Nash isnt burried in debt, and doesnt need the money. AI does. i just googled some info saying AI's monthly income is currently 62K and his expenses are 360K (divorce, child support, creditors, houses, etc).
do the math, that 30 million will be dried up when he's allowed to access it (when he's 55).
pride is a powerful thing.
or so said Iverson in his divorce proceedings. He's not divorced yet. Spousal and child support will depend on these numbers. So I look at it with a bit of skepticism.

Anyway, the Nash statement wasn't in reply to you. I just happened to reply to you later in the post.
The Nash statement was unrelated to finances. I meant as a fan I can understand that kind of pride. It's one thing to be under an NBA contract and refuse to come off the bench because of your ego. It's another to refuse to go to the D-League without an NBA contract.

As for his finances, it's not my life, and I don't think I know the facts, so i don't really care and don't want to give him life advice.

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I don't understand why A.I. doesn't learn from the examples of Francis... Marbury... Bonzi Wells... even Sprewell before him.

NBA TEAMS WILL NOT PUT UP WITH YOUR B.S. ANYMORE. YOU CAN ONLY BURN SO MANY BRIDGES.

Sad... because I still think that he can probably play in this league and it would be great to see him go out on his own terms.
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Its crazy he can't see this as a window back in to the NBA. I realize its far fetched but if wanted to play ball again this is a chance. I love Iverson, not his crazy shit, but his game was amazing. The best below the rim player of all time.

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they don't practice much in D-League. Good place for A.I.
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How Allen Iverson Managed To Go Broke - Business Insider

Absolutely unreal. Not a smart guy at all.
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^^^Rodman owes $800,000 in child support lol. Why the hell does a child need $800,000? I read somewhere that Lorenzan Wright had to pay $26,000 a month for child support. I guarantee that the mother was spending 90% of it.

Iverson is just not being smart. He probably spent most of his money on his homies, cousins, and other free loaders early in his career. The article even said that he still drives a Maybach yet he's broke.
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^^^Rodman owes $800,000 in child support lol. Why the hell does a child need $800,000? I read somewhere that Lorenzan Wright had to pay $26,000 a month for child support. I guarantee that the mother was spending 90% of it.

Iverson is just not being smart. He probably spent most of his money on his homies, cousins, and other free loaders early in his career. The article even said that he still drives a Maybach yet he's broke.
Those child support amounts are ridiculous imo. I remember reading somehere that P. Diddy was paying 40k per month for child support and that was like 10yrs ago. It's insanity!
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I know somebody payin' child support for one of his kids
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"18 years, 18 years
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I know somebody payin' child support for one of his kids
His baby momma's car crib is bigger than his."

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How Allen Iverson Managed To Go Broke - Business Insider

Absolutely unreal. Not a smart guy at all.
$10,000/month on clothes, $10,000/month on grocery/house items, $1,000/month on dry cleaning, $5,000/month on entertainment, $5,000/month on restaurants,

How is it possible? Is it for 50 people?
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