Monday, February 22nd, 2010 at 2:48 pm  |  65 responses

76ers Cutting Iverson Loose?

Looking at the Sixers’ situation from the outside, a clean separation might be the best possibility: “Allen Iverson will not be with the Philadelphia 76ers on their current West Coast road trip, and there’s a strong movement within the organization to permanently break ties with him, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Iverson is with his family to deal with medical issues concerning his daughter, but his constant in-and-out of the lineup this season has led team officials to believe a permanent break is best for the organization. Sources said Iverson went to team officials over the weekend and said he needed to leave the team again. Sources say Sixers coach Eddie Jordan addressed the players on Sunday, and told them there’s a chance Iverson may not return to the team. However, Sixers ownership, general manager Ed Stefanski and Jordan haven’t sat down and formally come to that decision, but sources with knowledge of the Sixers plans believe the franchise is leaning in that direction.”

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  • NJ4Life

    i think the headline is supposed to read “loose”

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Nope, it’s suppose to say “Iverson’s losses”… as in gambling.

  • Candice

    Hope that they find out what’s wrong with his daughter.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    well that’s unfortunate..

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  • JoeMaMa

    Iverson doesn’t care about the team; he’s got his girl to worry about, and apparently it’s serious. He should come out with a statement, with the 76ers present, and say he’s taking a leave of absence for the season. I think that’s best: for him, the organization, his legacy, and mostly, for his family. After this year, that would end things (at least for the season) on a relatively good note.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    Whatever is going on with his daughter, I hope she recovers. There are things that come before basketball and I believe AI is making the right decision to take a leave if it’s for his family. Didn’t D Fischer have a simlar issue year before last where he either needed to retire or move to where his son/daughter was able to get better medical attention? I don’t recall the details but I think that’s really how he ended up back with the Lakers.

  • Candice

    @JoeMaMa I don’t think you should say that he doesn’t care about the team. I think priority would be a better word.

  • Yesse

    Well, im glad AI isnt faking anything. I hope his daughter gets well. I also hope Iverson will still be a 76er although he has problems at the moment.

  • Young C

    I think the last thing iverson needs now is for the sixers to cut him. Its not his fault that he is in and out of the lineup because of his daughter.

  • http://Soulbanger.tumblr.com Tapion786

    @NUPE yea… Fish’s daughter had eye cancer and the best docs were in LA which is why he asked to be released from the jazz. What’s terrible is that the jazz booed him when he returned as a laker the following year

  • http://Soulbanger.tumblr.com Tapion786

    @NUPE yea… Fish’s daughter had eye cancer and the best docs were in LA which is why he asked to be released from the jazz. What’s terrible is that the jazz booed him when he returned as a laker the following year

  • al

    in our society , sometimes we forget family, community first. capitalalism snuffs out the human aspects of what we are faced with being at odds between competition and compassion. when will we learn , we can have both?
    all star move AI, let the haters hate. Compassion transcends the game, keep doing how you do

  • http://www.innoutnba.com In-N-Out Lucas

    Yeah, some people need to leave him alone. It’s his daughter!

  • md33

    The fans might have booed him, but the organization never did. That Larry Miller was a classy dude, but you can’t always expect the fanbase to follow suit.

  • http://www.euroleague.net/competition/all-decade/main-page/i/65216/4259/euroleague-all-decade-candidate-dimitris-diamantidis?lang=en&itemid=65216&mid=4259&tabid=1143&itemname=EUROLEAGU DIMITRIS DIAMANTIDIS(click on my name)


  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    ^The classiness is back!

  • backboard

    Wait, he named his daughter Messiah? Haha, this guy….

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Sad to see it end like this for AI. Atleast this is a legit reason but Im pretty sure this is the end and its good he got to go out as a Sixer because the last year has been hell for AI. What pisses me off is that SLAM wrote “76ers cutting Iverson loose” for this. That makes AI look bad because he isn’t getting cut he is LEAVING because of his ill daughter.

  • Sparty

    They’re a better team without him.

  • Rob

    Iverson always has some problem going on and he just can’t commit to the game. I hope her daughter recovers and I also hope he never comes back again. I’m sick of this guy.

  • Jose

    Just let him finish the rest of the season.he’ll probably be done once this season ends and tnd to more important things…like his family.Hope his daughter gets well.

  • Rob

    NUPE, you can’t compare Fisher and Iverson. Derek is pure class. Iverson is trash. Iverson can have 10 times more talent than Fisher, but Derek is a total pro.

  • nastierthanu2

    Things happen for a reason. this is the perfect time for him to take a look at what’s truely importance. Money, fame, game means nothing. those of us with children wouldn’t trade places with him right now. Lifting Mr. Iverson & family up in prayer.

  • http://www.youtube.com/ L

    Whare will he go? He needs a ring..

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Rob: Fisher tries to injure other players and talks a boatload of smack. Not exactly classiness in my opinion.

  • Ronald

    The thing is with iverson is that last time he had “family” issues he was spotted partying up in strip clubs with his “cru.” It’s really hard to sympathize with him.

  • GirthNasty

    Alright, so can SLAM magazine stop acting like Iverson is at all relevant? What exactly is on his resume? Ditching teams and being a constant whiner? Never able to accept his diminishing role and insist he’s the same player as always? Iverson has officially been part of at least 2 organizations tanking (76ers, Detroit) and one underachieving (Nuggets). The teams he left became better without him (Nuggets, Grizzlies). He has always been an overrated, high-volume scorer with little efficiency or defense. What did he offer? A few post-Jordan years of Me First basketball that was akin to watching someone be beaten with a steel chair?

    I look forward to his retirement.

  • barnabusb

    So this will be Iverson’s third team in a row where things didn’t work out. I’m just saying.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Look, I dislike Iverson’s game and Iverson as a person, but heaven forbid, I hope you guys received more sympathy when YOUR family is sick… Until there is evidence otherwise, have some decency.

  • JoeMaMa

    Jukai, I think I’ll speak for the peanut gallery when I say this: “Allen, we hope your daughter recovers well and that you get quality family time both during and after this ordeal. It looks like your basketball days are done, but we’ll always remember you stepping over Tyronne Lue like he was a pile of dog sh*t. Sincerely, random people on slam.”

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  • therighttoremainsalient

    me ‘court-time-a-ritis’ is playing up… see it’s interesting, if Iverson does retire at this point – he certainly has now avoided the dreaded, “bad sportsman target” he was wearing a few months ago… wish him and his family well.

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

    I pray that they find out what is wrong with his daughter.

  • tavoris

    can’t say that I’m surprised by any of these comments.
    SN: Fisher is definitely all class, but he definitely did screw the Jazz. Winning always makes people look like saints tho.

  • robert stewart

    It’s amazing to me that everytime he is unhappy with his minutes or his team is no longer in playoff contention he ALWAYS has a mysterious FAMILY PROBLEM. If he really has family issues then my heart and prayers go out to him, but I have noticed this pattern of coincidences in Philly, Detroit, Memphis, and Philly again. It will not be shocking to me if in a month or so his daughter is doing fine and he begins lobbying to lay for a contendor.

  • tavoris

    @robert-where was the mysterious family problem in Philly(first stint) or Detroit? never mind…not going down that road wit kats who don’t know how to separate fact from opinion.

    SN: The deadline for free agents to be playoff-eligible is Monday. So, your theory of his actions WILL NOT happen.

  • The Philosopher

    If something was really wrong with his daughter, it would have came out already. The 76ers knows that. Would a team really cut a player of Iverson’s hall of fame credentials if something indeed was wrong with his child? Lawsuit city! Iverson is pulling an Isiah Thomas move. He should be a man’s man and accept that the ride is over.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Dude has said that his daughter has some mystery ailment that has required numerous trips to the hospital, but nobody knows exactly what is wrong with her. He’s called in nervewracking. But, some cats just don’t like Iverson.
    Warts and all, I’m still going to ride with dude. He’s blessed that he has enough to just stop going to work to look out for his kids. Most folks don’t have that luxury and have to keep working.
    Some of y’all are really angry inside, particularly when it comes to athletes. It’s amazing that y’all can even enjoy the games. It must have been torture when Iverson was undisputably one of the best in the game and on tv all the time.

  • Stillballin

    Prayer for ur daughter ai..as a fan thanks for the memories.. It’s looking like this is the last season for u..but u showing the world the kind of character u have. That family is what matter the most..

  • tavoris

    @allenp-i don’t get it. Sure people have a right to not like certain players, but it’s ridiculous how far ppl take their hate.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Cats like what they like, which makes sense. I mean, there are certain players in the league whose game I just don’t find appealing, not matter how successful they may be.
    But it goes beyond that. People act like Iverson invented the isolation, or is the root of all that is wrong with the world. It’s mindboggling.
    Honestly, I really can’t understand how you can go back and take a real look at dude’s career, at what he did and how he played, and hate him as a player. I really can’t understand how you can hate somebody as a person if y’all have never really interacted. You can hate their actions, but how can you hate THEM if you don’t even know them. Just crazy.

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  • robert stewart

    @tavoris You are right. I should not have said FAMILY issue(s) for all cases. I was trying to make the point that most of his excuses seem very bogus such as his back injury. His history does not support his constant questionable claims and he has used family issues in many questionable coincidental type situations.

  • tavoris

    @robert-when did he use family as an excuse? This is the first time. Say what u want about the back injury foolishness…his play (and noticeable decline in quickness) post “injury” tells you all you need to know about the legitimacy of that claim.

    At any rate, you are (like most) still using ur personal opinion about his credibility.

  • Candice

    I just can’t get over some of the people comments on here. I saw him on Saturday against the Bull’s, he actually was one of the few players listening to Jordan. He didn’t look distant from coaches or players. Just the night before the game via twitter, Dre, Lou wills, and AI were clowning Sam Dalembert about his jacket.

    Something is wrong with the man’s daughter. Never mind the fact he has never use his kid’s before to not play, but for some of you to actually say he is, that’s just wrong.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Are you an expert on back injuries?
    Does Iverson have a history of faking injuries?
    Why were you so willing to believe his back injury was a fake?
    Do you think team doctors have different priorities than regular doctors?
    Does Iverson appear to play like someone with physical ailments?
    Do you normally think of the sports media as accurate?
    How do you feel about anonymous sources in sports journalism?
    I would suggest you ask yourself all of those questions and then re-consider your position on Iverson’s “fake” back injury. Examine how you arrived at your conclusion about the injury and what facts you know on the situation.
    Then get back to me.

  • Joe

    @ robert…how can u single out Iverson, using the bogus “injury” claims?? If you seriously believe that every single “injury” claim, that is given by players/coaches/organizations are 100% true, then I’m afraid to break the news to you, but I’m gonna say, probably almost half of the injuries that teams/coaches/players claim to be the reason a certain player is not playing, is usually a cover up for something other than an actual injury.
    So to single out Iverson about fake injuries excuses, i dont understand that. because if thats the case, you should be upset with a lot of players.

  • Candice

    @AllenP I just don’t get it. I saw him both times when he left/traded from the Sixers. They just happen to be both against the Bull’s in Chicago but totally different situations. This time Ai was still engaging, last time in ’06 not so much. He didn’t quit in Denver, his Denver teammates were shocked he got traded. The situation in Detroit, who knows since Rip backed him up. Memphis ehh..

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Allen: I hope your comment wasn’t directed towards me, given that I’ve been defending Iverson through this ordeal…

  • tavoris

    ^you’ve been defending the circumstances, not the man. It’s all good tho

  • Brian

    AI missed practice in Detroit last year on Thanksgiving because of a “family issue”.

  • tavoris

    much more important fact:Andris Biedrins is shooting THIRTEEN PERCENT from the free-throw line this season.

  • tavoris

    @Brian-that’s called “preplanned Thanksgiving plans”, not a sick child. Good try, tho

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Of course I’m not defending the man. I’ve read enough and seen enough to think that, personally, I wouldn’t like Allen Iverson.
    That doesn’t mean that ANY decent human being deserves the benefit of the doubt when their family is sick. People need to put their hatred of the PLAYER Allen Iverson aside and be f*cking respectful. None of this “ha glad he’s gone, he’s faking it anyway” bullsh*t.
    People think this should be publicized like Fisher’s incident to give it validity? Would you want YOUR critically ill daughter’s condition plastered all over the news? Iverson is keeping it under wraps and I’d do the exact same damn thing. If it turns out it’s a lie, or even becomes DEBATABLE, fine, then people can start bashing AI. Until then, have some damn respect, the same respect you’d show to anyone.

  • Candice

    @Brian it’s been stated that she’s been back and forth to the hospital.

  • Brian

    Pre-planned Thanksgiving plans at 9 or 10 in the morning? Yup………

  • tavoris

    @Jukai: re-read ur earlier comment, where u clearly said you were defending HIM. It’s not that important tho.
    @Brian-whatever man…not feeding into it

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Tavoris: You’re arguing semantics. I’m defending Iverson in his situation.

  • tavoris

    @Jukai-I’m not arguing at all.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He skipped practice. I don’t remember him offering any excuse about a family situation.
    Now, you could raise the family situation thing in Memphis, where he had a family issue and then never came back to the team. But, even there, the organization said they believed him and he didn’t claim to be injured or anything.
    If people’s dislike of Iverson seemed rooted in some logical, consistent reasons, it would be more understandable for me. But, it seems like cats hate Iverson for the same things they like in other players, or they hate him for stuff like his clothes, tats and cornrows.
    It’s just weird.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Agreed with AllenP. What if they agree to waive AI and his daughter gets better by playoff time and Iverson signs with a contender and gets a ring. Imagine that.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Pardeep: then people would probaby say Iverson was lying through his teeth about his daughter’s problems and didn’t want to play with the sixers. C’mon bro…

  • tavoris

    @Pardeep-not gonna happen. The deadline for signees to become playoff-eligible is Monday.

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