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Friday, November 20th, 2009 at 11:30 am  |  115 responses

Iverson Will NOT Become a Knick

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

In the last week, all indications seemed to point to Allen Iverson becoming a New York Knickerbocker. Donnie Walsh was said to be on the verge of pulling the trigger on the deal … and then, nothing.

According to several reports this morning, the Knicks have decided not to pursue The Answer. Which means that Allen is still an unrestricted free agent, without a team.

The NY Times has the details:

In an abrupt reversal, Knicks officials decided late Thursday not to offer Iverson a contract, putting an end to their brief flirtation, according to a person close to the deliberations. Although team officials were highly intrigued by Iverson, a four-time scoring champion, they finally decided that he posed too great a risk because of his long history of problems on and off the court.

Team officials spent three days weighing the potential merits and pitfalls of signing Iverson, and alternately talked themselves into and then out of making the move … By Thursday afternoon it appeared that the Knicks were fully committed to taking the gamble, with one person close to the team saying there was a 90 percent chance that Iverson would become a Knick. But team officials held one more discussion on the matter Thursday evening and decided to drop it, according to the person close to the deliberations.

Man, if even the Knicks (a team that has a total of two wins so far this season, and one of the most dysfunctional sports franchises in recent history) think you’re too big of a gamble to take, it might be time to re-evaluate things.

The sad saga of Allen Iverson continues, with no happy ending in sight.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick thesubwayconnection

    No hate towards AI, but YAY!

  • rikson

    Good for the Knicks….

  • http://www.twitter.com/candice2sweet candice allen

    i hope the best for him..he truly is a great asset to any team..its just like so many other players his ego has gotten the best of him… speaking of knicks i would love to see stephan marbury come back!

  • JOMAY

    F.U thesubwayconnection

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Well I guess all eyes on the Heat now. But I have a feeling even they won’t take him..

  • rikson

    AI will never become a heat!

  • Ben

    Knicks Brass are idiots. Enjoy the rest of the season, fellow Knicks fans.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    I’d like to say I’m surprised but I’m not at all. I’m actually drenched from all the times the knicks have spit on their fans. F*ck them.

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    This was a dream match, but so was drafting Brandon Jennings. Donnie Walsh likes making things harder than they have to be.

  • paul

    knicks are going for the 1st pick in the draft. so much for this year.

  • Paul

    I wouldn’t have been totally upset about AI in the Garden, but I think they made the right decision. Iverson wouldn’t have been part of the long term plan, and Walsh and D’Antoni are trying to create a new identity anc culture for the Knicks. I assume they spoke to AI and got the impression that he would come here and act like a diva, and that is what turned them off. If so, they did the right thing. Despite all the Knick bashing that goes on, there is a lot to be optomistic about and a bright light at the end of the tunnel. Knick fans who are complaining have to look at the big picture and stop being so shortsighted

  • Paul

    sadly iverson has lost his love for the game, there are millions who would kill to play in the nba, and he just ups and quits. The love isnt there? Sad because he had the biggest heart of anyone i ever saw play the game..

  • Paul

    Ben, “Knicks brass are idiots”? Would you rather still be in salary cap hell, losing in the first round with Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph? Not me. I like what they’re doing. Investing in young talent and clearing space to bring in some established talent, even if its not Lebron. be patient Knick fans. You can’t turn around the mess created over teh past 8 years instantly. In a year or two the Knicks will be competitive

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    KNICKS HAVE NO FIRST-ROUND PICK!!!!

  • Incubo

    AI should go back the Philly nowhere else that where he belongs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    they’re tanking so the can get a good….2nd round pick? wait a minute…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    AI should go to Memph…oh wait…

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Thank you ben osborne. Paul no one wants to play in new york. Talented players want to play with other talented players and the knicks are letting their best players walk after this season. Get a clue.

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    Lol @ first two comments, i havent seen every team this year, but i can comfortably say having seem them too many times already the knicks are easily the worst team in the East, ive seen nets three times and read their reports, theyve been drastically unlucky… infact, NYK might even be worse in the L, although ive not seen minny play yet… the whole franchise has been ineptly run for this entire decade, and even worse since walsh stepped in, dude did well at pacers but he seems a nightmare for the knicks, and this is another of his glaring fcuk ups… he must be deluded if he is expecting good things come summer of ’10

  • peter

    Here I was just hoping he would be signed before the Blazers game I have tickets to…now I get to watch Duhon.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    It’s funny that the Knicks internal discussions about Iverson went kinda like AI’s time in Memphis.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    “they finally decided that he posed too great a risk because of his long history of problems on and off the court.
    This will be the justification everyone gives. Kind of like Barry Bonds. It’s probably over for Iverson unless some contender gets incredibly desperate.
    You people who think the Knicks have a grand plan are fooling yourselves. D’Antoni and Walsh have not shown themselves to be astute drafters. They are banking everything on the idea that Wade and Lebron aren’t using them as bargaining chips. They are stupid. And they don’t have a first round pick.

  • Cizzo

    Selfishness….for that you can’t be mad at the Knicks organization!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Cosign allenp 100%. Smartest man in the room.

  • M-Blog

    I love AI but he’s the type of player that needs to hit rock bottom in order to change and it looks like he’s heading that way ..

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Let’s break this down for real
    Pros for signing with the Knicks:
    More exposure
    Cons for signing with the Knicks
    Less money
    Horrible teammates
    Questionable coach
    Questionable GM
    Horrible owner
    If you are a top flight free agent interested in winning a championship, would you choose to go to NY or stay at home? The only potential free agent in a bad situation right now is Bosh. Other than him, everybody else would have to leave a decent to good team in order to sign for less money to play in New York.
    And this is the big plan?
    My homeboy MODI over at Sports on My Mind broke down the fallacy of rebuilding through relying on cap space a while back. This is a classic example.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    He should start his own team in Vegas, could finance the whole thing with a plethora of casino support. Oh yeah, and “jersey sales”.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    AI and the Heat would be a baaaaaad match. I hope for both parties that won’t happen.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Heat are good by themselves this year. A.I. to the Nets or Warriors makes the most sense.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    BTW, with all of The Nets marketing problems, why haven’t they didn’t they just grab him off waivers? They need him more than anybody right now.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    This is officially the dumbest thing the Knicks have ever done. There was no reason not to sign AI for a season and just let the players have fun and the fans have fun. The knicks do not have a first round draft pick, they do not have any trading pieces, they have NOTHING! Christ, if the 1% possibility did happen that AI proved he could lay his ego down and play a good point guard spot, the Knicks might even be able to sign him AGAIN and draw in a Lebron or Wade. There was no FREAKING DOWNSIDE to signing Iverson for a year: NONE!
    I mean, it wouldn’t even halt Douglas’ development! Think about it, Wade and Lebron are going to over dominate the ball anyway, Douglas would have the benefit of LEARNING TO PLAY WITH A SUPERSTAR AND PLAY OFF THE BALL!
    I really… I’m so done with the KNicks.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Th3_R3al_Chris: The Nets have a first round draft pick. They will actually benefit from tanking this season. The Knicks don’t. This… I mean, this is just insane.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol at “AI to the warriors” Im sure they aren’t having enough problems with the undersized guards they already have.

  • Exile

    Burn too many bridges and you’ll get trapped on an island.

  • Paul A

    AllenP-You’re right. The Knicks should have held onto Jamal Crawford and Zack Randolph, so they could then scrape into the playoffs this year, lose in the first round, and then sit on the sidelines for teh greatest crop of free agenst ever. That sounds like a winning recipe. Do any of you people know wtf you’re talking about? As for their draft choices, how do you know how well Gallinari, Hill and Toney Douglas will be? Apparently you’ve already decided by using your crystal ball, that all three suck and will be terrible NBA players, while apparently ignoring what Gallinari and Douglas have done on the court so far. And don;t mention brandon Jennings, because 9 other teams passed on him as well, so choosing him was not a no brainer the way the all teh idiot monday morning quarterbacks try to say after the fact. I suggest you pay a little more attention to whats actually going on before making comments.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    I guess that’s that.

  • kboogie201

    Please Jim Dolan do us all Knick fans a favor and sell the team!!! I think this call was all Dolan. Donnie was making calls to Larry Brown about A.I, now all of sudden there’s no interest. I think there’s still a chance for this to happen. The city’s reaction to not offering him a contract will make them change their minds and sign him. If they don’t I’m done with them this year, this team is horrible to watch, there’s no #1 option on this team, Gallo is a bust, Jordan Hill was a wasted pick, Tony Douglas looks promising, 7 guys on the last year of their contracts so everyone’s going to try and get theirs. I’m just venting on here. Sorry. Fire Walsh..Fire Antoni!!

  • doyouwantmore

    He could be the coach and star of the Sacramento Kings. He could take as many shots as he wanted, too. But then AI might actually sell some tickets and make it harder for the team to move to Vegas.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    The Knicks just fu*ked up again. Have fun getting LeBron or Wade because we know that aint happening when Gallinari is the 2nd best player. The Knicks are pathetic this was a match made in heaven. AI is not going to get signed any time soon and that is sad that his career is ending this way.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    So I just read Ben Osborne’s post and thought WOW. First they miss out on Brandon Jennings and now they don’t even get a CHANCE at John Wall. LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  • And I’m Aaron

    What a horrible decision by JD and the Lame Shot. There was very little risk making a veteran minimum offer for the rest of this season. If Iverson acts up, you cut him. He shines you look smarter than everyone else.

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    Jerry Buss. Please. Sign him. Have a mascott that can dunk without a trampoline. Use him as halftime entertainment. Signing Rodman was no succes, Mitch Richmond only played five seconds in the Finals, even Malone and Payton couldn’t bring a championship but signing Iverson will be so much fun!

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    For the record, Memphis should have just started Iverson cause Conley is NOT starting point guard material.

  • http://www.myspace.com/weezyleezy337 Gametime Weezy

    celtics…

  • Paul A

    Why did my comments not get posted, and why did someone else post under my name to make me seem like I don’t know what I’m talking about? Slam Online is garbage

  • Paul A

    AllenP-You’re right. The Knicks should have held onto Jamal Crawford and Zack Randolph, so they could then scrape into the playoffs this year, lose in the first round, and then sit on the sidelines for teh greatest crop of free agenst ever. That sounds like a winning recipe. Do any of you people know wtf you’re talking about? As for their draft choices, how do you know how well Gallinari, Hill and Toney Douglas will be? Apparently you’ve already decided by using your crystal ball, that all three suck and will be terrible NBA players, while apparently ignoring what Gallinari and Douglas have done on the court so far. And don;t mention brandon Jennings, because nine other teams passed on him as well, so choosing him was not a no brainer the way the all teh idiot monday morning quarterbacks try to say after the fact. I suggest you pay a little more attention to whats actually going on before making comments.

  • Paul A

    AllenP-You’re right. The Knicks should have held onto Jamal Crawford and Zack Randolph, so they could then scrape into the playoffs this year, lose in the first round, and then sit on the sidelines for teh greatest crop of free agenst ever. That sounds like a winning recipe. Do any of you people know wtf you’re talking about? As for their draft choices, how do you know how well Gallinari, Hill and Toney Douglas will be? Apparently you’ve already decided by using your crystal ball, that all three suck and will be terrible NBA players, while apparently ignoring what Gallinari and Douglas have done on the court so far.

  • http://Slamonline.com NUPE

    I’m not surprised they decided not to pursue him – I wouldn’t have been surprised if they took him either. I still think he’ll be playing for somebody this season. The sad thing is he’s done this to himself. Every team in the L could use his talent – too bad his attitude is getting in the way. I still think Cleveland may be a good fit for him where he may not start but could get good minutes off the bench. I guess he’s rich enough full of enough pride and ego to call it quits, because he’s the only thing stopping him from a contract.

  • floe

    man i really hope he ends his career in philly.

  • http://salmonline Levi Yeti

    AI=G.O.A.T this man inspired a whole generation to do what they want and now all u haters dont have his back well just like ai is saying f u to the league im now saying it to all u haters out there F U

  • http://salmonline Levi Yeti

    cosign flo

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 rog123

    What about the cavaliers? Nevermind he would throw a little fit playing 2nd dog to lebron. This guy shouldn’t even be allowed to play basketball. All he cares about is stats. That’s it! I would rather have george hill off the bench than iverson starting!!!!!!!!! He USED to be my fav player. But he let down all his true basketball fans. Hope he justs retires.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    if he started on cleveland i don’t think he would have a problem. but his shooting ability will keep cleveland from entertaining that possibility. If you can’t shoot 3′s and you aren’t bronny or shaq you aren’t welcomed in cleveland

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    I think he would fit best on Lakers since the ghost of Derek Fisher is starting. As well, man I just want to see a game between AI and Brandon Jennings.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    i think milwaukee should sign him. just to see what happens (i don’t really feel that way but it would be somethin)

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Smart decision by the Knicks. Finally they wizen up.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @niQ: Hmmph… I don’t know if Allen would be a good fit on the Lakers. Derek Fisher has really lost his quickness, but he’s still adept at doing the things that he’s paid to do – physical defense and hitting big shots. Will AI be happy to play 20-30 minutes a game as a 3rd-at-best option jump shooter? When Fish inevitably moves to the bench, I think Brown takes his place.

  • http://Slamonline.com NUPE

    I agree with NiQ, the Lakers could use him as an upgrade to Fish and Farmar. However, they would mis having the on-court leadership that Fish provides. Whoever picks him up should do it as an experiment and be willing to cut him loose before he can disrupt a good team. He didn’t do poorly co-existing with Carmelo and I think he could do well with Bron/Shaq. He was frustrated in Memphis both because he wasn’t starting and because they were not getting wins. If he doesn’t start, he may be willing to ‘fit in’ if he gets decent minutes and the team wins.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Iverson would suck in LA.
    And Cleveland.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    obviously defense doesnt matter to the average slam reader….iverson can’t do what fisher does for LA. no sir-e

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    I hope the Knicks lose by 30 to the Nets tommorow so they reconsider. BUT I think there still is a chance the Knicks are still going to sign him by Monday because what happened was Miami said they wanted AI and they really did it so they can offer AI more money and that way if the Knicks tried getting him they would have to offer more which would cut into their “MASTER PLAN” for 2010 but I don’t think this Iverson to Knicks things is over yet. If it is the Knicks are PATHETIC.

  • peter

    Iverson would be terrible for LA…the last thing they need is another scorer…great for Cleveland though. He wouldn’t have a problem playing second fiddle to Lebron…its when he’s playing second fiddle to MIKE CONLEY and RODNEY STUCKEY…for good reason.

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  • Teddy-the-Bear

    WHAT THE F*CK! F*CK THE KNICKS ORGANIZATION. THE LAST TEN YEARS HAVE SEEN THE WORST F*CKING ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE F*CKING LEAGUE. STOP DISGRACING WHAT USED TO BE A GREAT TEAM AND A GREAT ORGANIZATION. MIKE D’ANTONI NEEDS TO STOP F*CKING THE KNICKS OVER BECAUSE OF HIS STUPID SYSTEM THAT DOESN’T EVEN F*CKING WORK. THE ONLY WAY TO REDEEM THEMSELVES AFTER BLOWING MULTIPLE CHANCES AT DECENCY–AND THEY MISS IT AGAIN. WHAT IS IT WITH THE STUPID@SS KNICKS MANAGEMENT? HOW CAN THEY BE THIS F*CKING BAD AT WHAT THEY DO? F*CK THIS SH!T, THE MANAGEMENT IS A JOKE.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That wasn’t cap locks, either. Wow.

  • fan

    James Dolan, can’t run the NY knicks.

    They should have signed Iverson.

    reasons to sign:
    1)The Knicks don’t have a number 1 pick due to the Marbury trade.

    2)Iverson has a huge chip on his shoulder and he has something to prove.

    3)1.3 millioin. price tag. Cheap for an all-star calliber player

    4) He is still an all-star. Look at his stats for Denver. He gets assists and steals in addition to being a great scorer. ie he can run the offense. Both Nash and Kidd are years older and still productive

    5)The excuse of hindering the growth of young players is stupid and ridiculous. Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler. These players belong on the bench. The are not starters. It’s not like these guys are Brandon Jennings or Brandon Roy.

    6)Iverson is still electrifying and he will fill seats at Madison Square Garden.

    7) Lastly, Leon Rose is Lebron’s agent. He is also Iverson’s agent.

    They should have done this deal. Dolan should not have gotten in Walsh’s way. This is why the Knicks suck so bad. This is why Lebron James will NOT come to NY.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Now, that tirade was conditional–I still think there is a sliver of chance that Iverson becomes a Knick by Monday. The statement in the article comes from an unoffical “source” that’s “close to the team.” If the Knicks do sign Iverson, I take back my statement I guess…

  • mar

    knicks are hopless for around the next 12 years. now everybody else should tell me how long the the knicks are hopless. im guessing pople will say 1000 years or so.

  • Shawn

    Im done with the Knicks. Seriously i journey twice a year to MSG from London to see my beloved team and for the last decade its been worse than dogsh1t. All off season i was praying we’d land AI. Even for a year there is NOTHING to loose. But the Knicks brass cock up again and actually had the audacity to put Nate and Lee on the trading block this summer and then Nate resigns for an extra £2m? They have way more money than sense. They have NO trade bait. No first round pick. A ton of cap space and no free agent in their right mind would come to MSG. I hope they go into administration.

  • http://none The Philosopher

    The thing is, nobody likes playing with him, he is a cancer in the locker room. The Knicks knew this. He has delayed careers (Larry Hughes, Stackhouse, Van Horn, Wallace,) the list goes on. Then he quit.

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    @niQ not the lakers. not a chance! id say Minny, they have three PGs, a rookie far-from-ready pure SG, and then Sasha who can SG but who belongs on the bench.. give AI the 2 spot and hopefully Flynn can learn the best parts of AIs game and take note of not to imitate AIs flaws… im sure jonny and ramon sessions are only on 20mpg anyway so if AI comes along he only needs to cut into the minutes of those 3 other guards who aint worth time anyway…. CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN WHY KAHN DRAFTED TWO PGS, SIGNED ANOTHER PG IN HART AND THEN MATCHED OFFER SHEET FOR SESSIONS?! 4 PGS IN ONE SUMMER?!? what was that man thinking

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    Second teddy-the-bear… knicks really do deserve a prize for how sh!tly they have been run this decade. In the future if there was a GM school im pretty sure they will use NYK as the model of how not to run an organization (awful draft choices – check, ludicrously overpaid players – check, lack of balance on roster – check, hire a coach who only looked good because of the players he was blessed with – check, constantly fritter away draft picks to prevent rebuilding – check, fail to fill out the seats in one of the worlds biggest cities – check, the list really does go on…

  • iw

    wtf is all this talk about taking away from the young guys development? hell if u wanted to develop them send them to the d-league thats what is for. for one year in ny he was going to disrupt development, when u are trying to bring big names next year who will completely stunt the development of the younger players because they dominate the ball also. its too much person hate towards this guy. its funny, he’s younger than nash but he’s old and needs to come off the bench. this league, their phony reporters and fake,no knowledge of the game fans really need to fall back. if u dont like the guy just do like i do when i see sumthin on tv i dont like, turn the channel.

  • Levi Yeti

    AI can do what he wants thats the respect he has earned proving that he is the best lil man ever he damn near broke himself playing this game we all love all i want to see is him in that sixers uni one last time

  • Levi Yeti

    ai doesnt even know the meaning of the word quit @$$ %*!#

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    The worst management is not the Knicks it is the Grizzlies. They f*ked up so many times I cant even count. First they take my home team to Memphis thinking itll do better than they f*k it up even more. Now I hate em even more for thinking Conley ahead of AI was a good idea. But the Knicks are horrible aswell pathetic management. I wish I could be a GM today I would sign AI in a heartbeat.

  • Hoodsnake

    Iverson will not be a Knick. Good

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    Allenp:
    So if he would suck in LA and Cleveland, and if people are criticizing him for not taking a bench role on a contender, what exactly would be the “right” thing for Allen Iverson to do?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    By the way, the guy can still play.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I hear you, Shawn.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I don’t buy it, though. The Knicks can’t be THAT stupid that they’d pass on this, right? RIGHT?

  • TC

    Fine, try the Warriors or the Clippers next…..

  • J

    @Tariq: no one said that he can’t play anymore. the first right thing to do is to suck 3/4′s of his ego.

  • J

    Pardeep Posted: Nov.20 at 1:49 pm
    “The Knicks just fu*ked up again. Have fun getting LeBron or Wade because we know that aint happening when Gallinari is the 2nd best player. The Knicks are pathetic this was a match made in heaven.” – do you think that iverson signing can lure lebron or wade to new york? seriously?

  • J

    @ fan: “7) Lastly, Leon Rose is Lebron’s agent. He is also Iverson’s agent. They should have done this deal. Dolan should not have gotten in Walsh’s way. This is why the Knicks suck so bad. This is why Lebron James will NOT come to NY.” – how? cause they have the same agent? wow (laughs).

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ DIMITRIS DIAMANTIDIS

    J.R.Smith against the Clippers last night…..play of the year.

  • tavoris

    ^must not have thought much of Wade’s emasculation of Varejao last week. smh

  • tavoris

    Tariq…only a true axhole questions their role on a legitimate title contender. Detroit & Memphis aren’t even legit playoff considerations. Plus, even great players find themselves stuck watching Kobe & Lebron- brilliance.

  • FoCo

    I think the illegitimacy of this argument is shown in Teddy’s capslock rant about all the reasons the Knicks are idiots…followed by the “oh well unless they pick up AI disclaimer”

  • http://yahoo RoDney

    he is not a smart man to go against the grain even when you know nobody care for your attitude on or off the court and yet you still act like a big baby. He kind of reminds me of Kayne West

  • http://slam liam

    the only team left is the heat. If he dosn’t sign with them he will go overseas

  • http://slamonline.com cb 34

    The knicks could have really used ai this year. I don’t get it! Duhon, he’s gotta go. Ai would have definitely given them a couple more wins and more shine if anything. Walsh and d’antoni are too concerned about him being a cancer and ruining team chemistry. What chemistry? They blame each other on the court for the world to see. Ai would have been a good pickup for them. Dumb-a$$ Dolan!

  • Brian

    Memphis has won 3 straight since their best player quit.

  • http://gffds.com Jukai

    I’ve noticed that too, Bryan

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    I noticed that too considerin they beat us last night, but that was their first road win all season and beating the sixers at the moment really isnt a feat. Even though EB has recovered his game its offset the balance of the entire squad, when there was barely any balance to start with… Nor is beating Minny or the Clips at home any sort of feat….Plus, AI was given 20 minutes a game out of 240 handed out to the squad, and he wasnt even used properly when he was out there… I hear most of NY are in uproar that theyve passed up on AI, at least there is some sense in the grassroots of the franchise

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Exactly what do the Knicks hope to accomplish with Danilo Gallinari as one of its top prospects? D’Antoni is an idiot.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Knicks have LARRY HUGHES at the Shooting Guard! Why not just sign Allen Iverson then? Hughes takes like 16 shots a game! WOW.

  • curtis

    he is his own worst enemy , if he wants to play its time to head overseas. who would want this guys problems ?

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    @curtis no doubt AI got problems/issues that he will bring to a team. But as for there being 30 teams in the L, some of whom are really quite awful, I cannot see how what AI can bring to a team doesn’t outweigh what the negative aspects he might bring to a squad for at least a handful of teams. Pretty much, a complete load of fallacies have been pinned up AI for past failures. No doubt some of it was asked for when he was demanding a trade out of Phily, especially considering we were pretty much made for him this decade. However, most of it is evidently damaging a reputation when most of it revolving around ifs and buts when there is little factual evidence to support most of the derogatory claims made against him. Does he need the ball most of time is he on the court? Yes. Can he still offer in the region of 25/5/3/1 a night? Yes. Can he upset the balance of a team? Yes. Can he fix the problems of another team? Yes. Etc. etc. The situation is different for every single franchise yet all the problems are being laid at AI’s door and its, for the most part, complete nonsense!

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    2007-08 Denver 82 82 41.8 .458 .345 .809 0.6 2.4 3.0 7.1 2.0 0.2 2.99 1.30 26.4

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    82 games, 26 3 7 2stls. .46 .35 .81ft. just ONE YEAR AGO i think this has alot more to do with minutes than whether ai can play. he was glued to the bench in detroit. chicago should pick him up.

  • tavoris

    Jukai, that also coincided with Lionel Hollins getting the picture and cutting Mike Conley’s minutes when he’s especially sucky

  • http://365buying.blogspot.com D-Wall

    AI would be a great mentor for the current guard corp. All the noise regarding his off the court drama is not relevant. AI is a balla without a doubt. When was the last time AI was involved in a negative event. His only problem is that he is a starter and the powers that be don’t recognize. D”anphony and the rest of the suits at the Garden obviously don’t know what they’re doing. Look at the record. The Knicks will never rise up until a private ownership group or individual with Basketball knowledge steps up and buys the team. As far as the D’anphony is concerned, his “system” is not effective with the players on the roster. A good coach adjusts the system to fit the players not vise versa. Mark Jackson would have been a better choice. Donnie Walsh should also go back to Indiana. The win today is no indication of a reversal.

  • Brian

    Glued to the bench? AI started all but his last 3 games for Detroit before he laid down. Iverson started the moment he got to DET. The Pistons played small ball so he could continue starting and when they held practice Thanksgiving morning the Pistons showed up while AI was sidetracked by another “family issue”.

  • FoCo

    When was the last time AI has been involved in a negative event? The entire time since he got to Detroit has been a “negative event.” As for being a starter…well he is obviously a starter in his head (and the GOAT while we are in his head) but you aren’t a starter unless you are one of the first 5 men out on the court.

    After missing the entire preseason and first 3 games he COULDN’T GO ONE GAME WITHOUT WHINING. That is indefensible. The man has endless talent and only continues to squander it with his Top 5 all time bad attitude.

  • http://www.thenbabreakdown.com Audley

    The Knicks lost a chance to get a bit of fan support by not making a run at AI.

    Come on Donnie, get on the bus and give the fans something to cheer about!!

    Let’s take a look at your next 9 games.

    You guys face the Celtics at home and then go on a western road trip for 3 games against the
    Lakers, Kings and Nuggets.

    You might get a win – maybe.

    You come back home to see the Magic and the Suns.

    Don’t hold your breath for a win here folks!

    Then back on the road for two more. They’ll see the Magic and a happier and sunnier SVG.

    And the high flying Hawks.

    But not to worry, they’ll face the Nets again in two weeks in New Jersey so there’s your second win.

    I don’t know about you but my scorecard potentially has the Knicks at 5 – 15 after these next 9 games.

    Get on the bus Donnie, get on the bus!!

  • Still ballin

    I hope a team pick him up.it’s sad to see him go out like this.he has to much heart for the game.keep ur head up ai.

  • mr bad

    titlie should have been iverson will not be a king, he s losing everything at the moment, perhaps the bills have something to offer…

  • LCD screen cleaner

    i blame all the newfangled basketball stats analysis websites for the fall of AI.

  • Buschfire

    send him to Toronto Calderon sucks balls we need someone to spread the floor

  • Rikson

    Why does everybody suddenly think AI is a pg?! He never was one… Do you guys have seen iverson play???

  • chintao

    re Allenp Posted: Nov.20 at 12:45 pm ==> Actually, exposure is questionable, too. The Knicks get NO play in China. For any guy who is (or hopes to emerge as) a global superstar, that’s like poking-out 2 billion eyeballs.

  • chintao

    When I watch the Knicks (or even just read about them), I kinda wish somebody would do me the favor of poking my eyeballs out.

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    Iverson will not become a knick.. Bully :)

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