Saturday, February 18th, 2012 at 2:50 pm  |  40 responses

Allen Iverson Nearly Accepted Offer to Play in Venezuela

by Ryne Nelson / @slaman10

Jorge Hernandez was certain Allen Iverson would put basketball on the map in Venezuela—up until this morning. Hernandez, co-owner of Guaros de Lara in the Venezuelan League, was to introduce Iverson today as the team’s new point guard. Playing alongside Smush Parker, Iverson would bring unprecedented attention to Guaros.

“Everything was ready for his debut on Wednesday,” Hernandez told Venezuelan sports newspaper, Lider en Deportes. But Hernandez spoke too soon.

At 9 a.m. this morning, Hernandez received a call and was told that Iverson “does not want to leave the United States.” Speculation is that Iverson’s legal problems are keeping him in US for the time being.

Iverson’s most recent return to basketball has been bumpy to say the least. The Lakers considered signing Iverson this year, but Iverson dismissed L.A. when they asked him to play in the D-League first.

Guaros reportedly hasn’t lost hope of signing Iverson, but they’re not waiting for him either. “We thanked him for taking the time to analyze the offer,” Hernandez said.

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  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    So & so thought about signing Iverson, Iverson is interested in coming back to the league, Iverson is willing to go to the D league, Iverson is willing to play in South America, Iverson almost played in South America…Did Tawanna tell you dat? DID TAWANNA TELL YOU DAT?

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Wow what an idiot, a short stint at the d league for a chance to return to the pros and play alongside Kobe? Lol idiot.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    These stories about Iverson’s comebacks are getting smaller and smaller, the locations more and more remote. Next up: “Iverson turns down offer to play pick-up ball in Yemen.”

  • Brian

    That’s not like Iverson to leave someone hanging like that.

  • D

    The story you had the other day said Iverson would play in the D-league if it meant getting back to the L ,now saying he won’t play in the D-league for a chance to play for the Lakers …….. wtf

  • MikeC.

    At this point I think even Billy Ho would get picked before AI at a pickup game.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    @D, From that report you mentioned: “The Los Angeles Lakers’ D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles Defenders, has contacted Iverson’s reps several times, but nothing materialized, according to the source.”

  • Bx Baller

    What’s wrong with these dudes? How do you go broke so quick?!?! He should should be chillin somewhere on the beach with his family, not hustling for scraps. What the hell are they teaching these players at the Rookie transition program? Haha

    Nba needs to do better to preserve the rep of its legends

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    “Playing alongside Smush Parker” – that just says it all, doesn’t it?

  • anynomous

    there are too many contradictory stories out there. Every other tale is now contradicting the preceding one. All of these different media sources need to get their facts straight before releasing the article. I understand that writers have deadlines but media outlets are sacrificing quality and truth for quantity and speed.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    An indoor soccer team just offered Allen Iverson a spot on their team….. $20,000 a game…..smh

  • anynomous

    @pardeep you saw that too? there are too many sources and too much inaccurate info being dispersed. where do the lies end and the truth began?

  • royallblue11

    @M Cho surely it will be “Iverson founds league in Antarica”

  • Larry Johnson’s Gold Tooth

    Iverson is done

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    @royalblue11 “Iverson denies reports of joining Antarctica League. Penguins disappointed.”

  • iverson sux!

    @M cho. lmao. i like ur comment. these reporters sux bigtime.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    All together now:

  • Ldub

    Man u can’t teach people how 2 be smart with their money. Just cuz u rich dont mean your smart.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com TADOne

    I love how everyone is commenting on how AI is broke but also commenting on how these stories contradict themselves. I personally do not believe AI is broke. We have one story out there that says AI didn’t pay some jeweler and the court seized account. No one knows exactly what happened in the dispute about money between AI and the jeweler. But just because they freeze your account to get payment does not mean that AI is broke. Trust me this happens to normal people and rich people alike. Nobody knows the full story so we need to quit speculating.

  • Paul H

    I actually feel quite confident speculating In this case.

  • dave

    report says that iverson accepted an offer to play on mars…

  • sadeye2507

    @dave: Iverson rejects offer from Mars. Marsmellows disappointed.

  • KH10

    Is AI becoming Kenny Powers?

  • OTB

    At least we’ve located Smush Parker. God, I hated watching that a**hole.

  • anynomous

    @tadone cosign :|

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    TADone: I don’t like to interject, but I’d say things are bad.
    I’m sure he’s not broke, given he probably has assets he can liquidate everywhere.
    But he’s clearly not happy about the lifestyle he has to be living now.

  • alphabetaherculis

    This league is stupid. They go ahead and employ a person who was dropped about a dozen times when he was an infant, and who went into the stands in Detroit to debut his UFC skills. Obviously, he can play ball, but Iverson can’t even get a chance to play at all. Why? because he refused to come off the bench behind a rookie. With how many accolades this dude had I would be pissed too. Ask Kobe not to be a starter and come off the bench and see if WWW3 doesn’t start. Even a guy who brings guns to work got another chance to play, but not A.I. Good way to treat your superstars NBA.

  • ivan

    iverson is too great to be in the D-League, the only thing that’s keeping him from entering in the NBA is his attitude

  • msrose

    I don’t believe that Iverson is broke. If You get sued, what would you do? Would You quickly take care of Your money elsewhere? read between my lines. Iverson has 5 children, do you think that he’s not going to look out for his children whom he surely love. People will believe anything. And for The Lakers, Kobe had something to do with that. He wants all the spotlight on him. Think about it.

  • http://anyoldthing Ugh

    Why does AI have to go to the D-League after coming back from an injury? Did Yao? T-Mac? Grant Hill?
    It seems like the entire league and most of the fans have been waiting for a chance to publically humiliate Iverson for years. I don’t get why that is. Sounds like a case fo the donkey kicking the dying lion to me.

  • MikeC.

    Maybe, just maybe, dude is washed up and teams know it.

  • anynomous

    the nba is out for blood. you can`t tell me that a healthy, fit Allen Iverson cannot contribute to an nba team. All Iverson wanted was an invitation to a training camp so he could have the opportunity to earn his way onto a roster and prove himself on the big stage. That`s it just an invitation. bonzi wells gets an invitation from minnesota but AI can`t even get a call? This isn`t about money because there are millions of fans who want to see AI playing in the nba. This isn`t about skills because even in his last season with philly he averaged abt 14 pts and 4 assists per game when he clearly wasn`t 100% in the health or fitness department. This is abt embarrassing one of the greatest players who ever played the game and it`s disgusting and absurd on the part of the nba. you got washed up, unskilled players everywhere you look from fisher to dooling to b davis to stackhouse to a. bradley to b. wallace to j. oneal to juw howard to j kidd to half of the bobcats` roster to etc….. you have g hill who never played in orlando now starting in phoenix at 39 – after spending half of his career on the DL while still getting paid. you want to talk abt high risk? how abt greg oden or bogut. aren`t they still picking up paychecks in the early 20s at that? this is a sick joke. stop the madness. bring AI back to the nba.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    People need to stop blaming tha league. Bottom line here, its Iverson’s fault he’s in tha boat he’s in. I dont feel sorry for him. He still thinks he’s tha AI from 2001 n he’s not

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    It’s a shortened season. Without barely a week of training camp to teach new free agents. Rosters which are young and already have chemistry will be better off than others. Given that, why would a team risk a roster spot for a guy who disrupted the chemistry of his last 2 teams and is known for his run ins with coaching? A couple of years ago, and during a regular non-shortened season, Iverson’s skills would have balanced that equation. This year…I think a lot of GMS would view it as too great a risk. Especially the kind of teams that A.I. would like to play for…contenders that have an established chemistry.

  • http://slamonline.com Darkside

    The problem here is that he hasn’t change his ATTITUDE everdently he believes he’s still the big thing not remembering his pass. NO (coach)wants an EGOtistical brat who won’t come to practice yea practice not a game but practice. He needs to be humble and take the Lakers offer and shut and get a pay check so he can pay tha $850,000 he owes. Look at T.O now playing arena ball another stupid EGO fat head. AI better learn from other peoples lessons. PEACE!

  • MikeC.

    Word to M Cho. The league moves on and players get left behind.
    @anonymous – most of the players you named are bigs. Teams will always gamble on a big. Why gamble on Iverson at his age, with his well-documented history of issues? Save that roster spot and salary slot and gamble on a big who might have something left or a young kid that might develop and contribute down the road. Also, several players you named are hanging around because they have guaranteed contracts. Gotta pay them, might as well see if they can earn it. People just need to realize that AI is old in terms of athlete years and older than the sands of time in terms of little guys who rely on athleticism. We all need to realize that our heroes are mortal and they can’t play forever.

  • sock-it-to-me

    well, if this was the nfl and his name was brett favre he could play until he was 45. But I guess that`s why the nfl will always be on top of every sports popularity pole and my favorite sport to watch: because nfl teams will always give a player the opportunity to prove himself (in training camp, during the preseason, or during the regular season) no matter how old he is or what he`s done in the past. thank God for the nfl.

  • who cares

    ques: how would wade react after avg 26pp & 6ast and still in perfectly good health to being benched in favour of chalmers….pretty much the same AI avg that next to melo aka “the black hole” and after allegedly losing a step
    What if Wade was traded to Memphis cuz of his reaction and asked to be a sub for conley In Denver he was a model citizen, in philly he was the glue guy per say
    and a big influence on the yung guys so much so he was invited to lu will summer lockout game where his old slow self was the catalyst for a comeback and also crossed up jef teauge so no he’s not a cancer. yes he can be a elder states man
    and in Turkey he played Team ball, not even once did he attempt to score 30 or played selfish so yes he can fit in and gel in a team concept, plus his speed has always been over hyped and has been in a weird twist his downfall
    as ppl think his game was based entirely on speed Truth is he has a very good jump shot streaky because he had a tendency to take Kobe like shots(difficult) if he plays smart & take easier shots which he did in Denver posting career highs in fg and 3pt % so he was also playing smarter Not making excuses he did some dumb stuff made mistakes here and there, but after the games they dont ask kobe about his divorce, colorado or even practice(had to say that) but they ask about the game Thing is with AI they dwell on the negatives

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylnqdSUUt0A djb

    @who cares cosign. the only thing that matters is what he`s able to do on the court, and I rather have Allen Iverson than half of the starting point guards and 2-guards in the nba right now.

  • betsy

    Allen Iverson is one of the best players the nba has ever had! He plays with heart, he loves the game, he gets the fans excited, he includes the fans. We want to see someone who inspires and excites!!!!! Thats what entertaining is all about! He is tireless, he plays through injuries. He doesnt need to play in no d league. Hes a starter. He deserves for some nba team to pick him up, if nothing else just for the fact that the fans love him!!!! We want to see him play!!!!