A few weeks ago, I wrote a completely insane season preview for the Memphis Grizzlies. The gist of the piece was that this year was going to be an absolute disaster for the team — well, even moreso than usual — and that Allen Iverson would be one of the main culprits.
Thing is, though, even I didn’t truly believe that things would unravel so quickly in Memphis. And, well, guess what?
The sweat had barely dried off his braids following his first game in a Grizzlies uniform last night, and A.I. was already mad about the amount of playing time he received in the overtime loss to the Kings.
From the APgame story:
After missing the first three games while recovering from a partial right hamstring tear, Iverson played only briefly as a reserve, scoring 11 points in less than 18 minutes. He said he had no problems with his hamstring, but had a big problem with the playing time he got from coach Lionel Hollins.
“Go look at my resume and that will show you that I’m not a sixth man,” Iverson said. “I don’t think it has anything to do with me being selfish. It’s just who I am. I don’t want to change what gave me all the success that I’ve had since I’ve been in this league.”
There are a few more angry quotes here.
Allen Iverson, ladies and germs! I can’t wait to hear how Michael Heisley, Chris Wallace and the rest of the geniuses in that front office end up rationalizing all of this.