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Old 11-09-2009, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default If this is it ... how will you remember A.I.?

SC posted a good story on A.I. today: Sports Central / Sports Articles and Columns / NBA / Who is Allen Iverson?

Should come as no surprise that A.I. has taken a leave of absence from his latest team, the Grizzlies. This, coming after Detroit sent him home last year. Iverson refuses to come off the bench. His pride could be his downfall. Rumors are that he is contemplating retirement, and that may be the best thing for him.

But my question is how will YOU remember A.I.? He was a dynamic superstar unlike any other. At just 6-feet tall, he was an MVP in an era of bigger, stronger athletes, and he was a pure scorer when his size dictated he should be a PG, a facilitator.

But aside from taking the Sixers to the Finals, leading the league in scoring, and winning an MVP as one of the league's most popular players, Iverson never won a title and many consider him a me-first player, all glitz and flash with no focus on things like practice (I mean, we're talking about practice, man, practice...) and defense.

For me, I will remember A.I. as a rare, unique superstar who comes with baggage.
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:05 AM   #2
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For me, I will remember A.I. as a rare, unique superstar who comes with baggage.
That sounds about right to me.

Iverson was a talented player with a great drive to win, a guy whose heart I think is tough to doubt. But that "practice" quote is a huge part of how he'll be remembered, likewise his lack of trust in his teammates and coaches.

A great player who probably could have been greater if he was better able to see things from another perspective.
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Two destinations talked about for A.I. are the Bobcats, so he could reunite with Larry Brown, and Cleveland so he could help LeBron. But the Cleveland one is risky because the whole root of all this has been A.I.'s inability to function as anything but the No. 1 option.
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