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Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  68 responses

Report: Allen Iverson Willing to Play in the D-League


Recently, we’ve heard about Allen Iverson possibly taking his talents to South America, and now the latest rumor is that The Answer would be willing to do a stint in the D-League, if it gave him a shot at returning to the NBA. (*Sigh) From ESPN: “Iverson is willing to play in the Caribbean, in South America or even in the D-League if it gives him a chance to return to the NBA, the source said. ‘Allen only wants to play if there’s a possibility that it leads to the NBA,’ the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity. ‘That’s the only way he would go to one of these lower leagues. He wants to get back to the NBA and leave the game on his terms.’ Iverson’s interest in returning comes as he faces some financial trouble. On Monday, a judge in Georgia garnished funds from Iverson’s bank account to repay about $860,000 that he owes a jeweler, according to multiple media reports. Iverson’s representatives have reached out to several NBA teams, but none has shown interest in signing the 36-year-old. 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. A top official from the Puerto Rican Basketball League has reached out to Iverson’s group, but no team has offered Iverson a contract. Iverson also has been in contact with Guaros de Lara, a Venezuelan team, but there have been no contract offers, according to the source. ‘Nothing is imminent,’ the source said. ‘The only thing that’s imminent is Allen’s desire to show people that he’s still got a lot to offer on the basketball court, even if it’s just helping young guys learn from the mistakes he made.’ If Iverson doesn’t sign with a club before the Feb. 26 NBA All-Star Game, he likely will give up his quest and accept retirement, the source said.”

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  • Boy Sanchez

    Make it happen, Lakers! Please make it happen!

  • ripslam

    So, who would be more effective, Arenas or Iverson?

  • marc

    smh. This hurts to read. Was a great talented player.

  • huami

    ouch. Sad to see a great player having to struggle like this. Even though i was a huge iverson fan, i would be willing to accept that he might soon be Kobe’s team mate.

  • AD

    AI should do this

  • echizen

    play in the philippines! we’ll be more than glad to have you here

  • tomtom

    So am i!

  • hushabomb

    What about the Hornets, Bobcats, Nets. They need someone to fill in at guard and put bums on seats. I’d like him to be on the Celtics to spell Rondo. Let the old timers get one last shot at glory!!!!

  • hushabomb

    What about the Hornets, Bobcats, Nets. They need someone to fill in at guard and put bums on seats. I’d like him to be on the Celtics to spell Rondo. Let the old timers get one last shot at glory! And at least they would take it easy during practice……

  • tomtom

    lmao ‘bums on seats’ sounds like the bus station.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    You reap what you sow…wouldn’t mind seeing him get a chance somewhere though.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    man i miss A.I…. it kills me to see him like this but It would be nice for him to get a shot.

  • Mo

    you’re telling me Charlotte, Washington, or New Orleans can’t use this guy on their bench to at least sell a couple of thousand tickets? Some team should sign him to a 10 Day Contract at least. He’s served his punishment already for being a jerk. Enough is enough. This guy still has NBA talent.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCJwoEHRU_A&feature=related TheKid

    I stopped being a fan when he was with the Sixers and they said he was out because he needed to take care of his sick daughter but he was at the strip club instead, Idc about this dude he deserves this.

  • bike

    To think that Iverson is stooping this low because he is hurting financially is truly tragic. I don’t see how he could live with himself if he winds up broke.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Sorry ‘thekid’ is me.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    You guys need to fix this issue with the names switching, I been posting as thekid, mad annoying.

  • JoeMaMa

    The NBA should make detailed case studies of Iverson, Antoine Walker, Kenny Anderson…and many more. Then they should give 3 case studies to the incoming rookies AND THEIR FAMILIES/FRIENDS. And THEN, they should have detailed group conversations with qualified financial advisors, who teach them how to properly say NO. Because this is truly pathetic. Something needs to change.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I read that he refused the D-League route…..

  • Bill Hall

    Man this is sad to see Him Like this, Lakers Sign Him Up Please!

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    I read that he got recruited to the IFL.

  • OTB

    He refused the D-League last I checked. This guy is a moron, I’m sick of people making excuses for him.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    If you have a heart, you feel sorry for Iverson. Maybe he can get a shot in Phoenix, and swim inside their Cocoon pool with Grant Hill and Michael Redd.

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

    Goodbye allen.

  • http://www.racialicious.com/2012/02/15/memewatch-adventures-in-linsanity/#more-20490 Allenp

    I agree on the case study thing. Clear examples of how it happened to him, Tractor Traylor and these other cats who go broke. Show them how easy it is to blow through money and how expenses pile up when you stop earning dough.
    It’s like with all those lottery winners. When you give someone who has never had money a lot of money, it doesn’t usually end well.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    AllenP…I think of Iverson and I see another M.C. Hammer. He has a lot of people with their hands out around him.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    *MC…not sure why I typed M.C…must be all the J.R. Smith talk. lol

  • Paul H

    I still cant imagine the stupidity It takes to spend 860 grand In a jewelers PERIOD, never mind when your broke. I absolutely loved AI, but he brought this all on himself.

  • OTB

    If you have some brains, you don’t squander 154M in earnings, and especially don’t blow $860,000 on jewelery when you have no steady income. He’s a moron and I don’t feel a bit of sorrow for him. His attitude led to is his own downfall…hell, the Lakers said they’d give him a spot on the team, all he had to do was go to the D-League for a bit. In true AI fashion(according to Stephen A and Jemele Hill), he said no. He said NO. What a f*****kin idiot.

  • OTB

    I mean, seriously, how hard is it to hire a financial adviser to keep your spending on track? S**t just irks me to no end.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He shouldn’t have been supporting an entourage of 50+ people, and buying expensive ass cars and jewelry his whole career. The dude has to have assets. Millions in assets.

  • 23

    The love people have for this guy blinds them of the truth of how unprofessional this guy was. Yes he was talented, maybe still is. But his prime years was when he was athletically insane. Remember he used to dunk? And he was the quickest guy on the court. He would constantly drive and take contact from centers. I am not sure if he can deliver like that anymore. He was never a knock down shooter, and he was never an expert and creating easy shots for his teammates. His one on one defense was never superb. So why would an nba team want him now with his current physical ability? At his current age? He had a lot of nice moments and he was a badass on and off the court, which is why people liked him.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    It’s still the fact he used his sick daughter as an excuse to go to a strip club with Jermaine ‘Short Douche’ Dupri that makes me dislike him. Thank god he’s hit rock bottom, be a bad person & get bad karma.

  • hyperactive

    There are so many lies out there about Iverson that it would take years to decipher the truth. @nbk that`s one of the lies that I have recently heard which was just some tale that a few writers concocted to get some reads. it`s really hard for me to understand why people believe anything and everything they read and see nowadays. the media has so much influence and sway in today`s society. They backup stories and lies with “multiple sources” or “anonyomous informants who shall remain nameless” and a perceived, fictitious reputation is born. The truth is people hear and see whatever they want based on their own perception of reality (or the way in which they view the world and certain people in it). In reality, many people have formed subconscious biases towards Allen based on what they have seen and heard from the mass media (since 1993) whether it was factual or fiction. Most recent tales of Iverson have him as being broke based on a “factual” story of him not responding to a lawsuit and having his wages garnished as a result. Yet there is no evidence to support this first claim, i.e. “a filing for bankruptcy”. The media has simply been masking the “truth” with ongoing “speculation” of AI`s financial status because in reality they have no clue why Allen did not respond to the suit. The only person who knows the truth is Iverson himself. Being that I am such an objective, non-judgmental, question-everything type of person, I don`t completely buy into every item the media tries to sell. And I guess I expect the same impartiality from everyone else but it`s unrealistic because imperfect people can`t help but judge and sometimes even ridicule their mortal counterparts. Iverson certainly isn`t perfect but neither is anyone else, and he doesn`t deserve to be fraudently accused of every single hearsay and illusion that comes to form in an article or news report. And he definitely doesn`t deserve this kind of treatment and animosity towards him. He deserves to be appreciated and respected as a basketball player and as a human being regardless of his faults. With all that being said,I would definitely love to see Allen Iverson back in the nba because he`s my only motivation for watching basketball and I know he can still play at this level.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Not all the time, but he did have a huge entourage. And regularly. And we all know he spent a lot of money on jewelry and such. That is actually the obvious part of this whole story. Can’t argue against it, when he is being sued by a jeweler for 800K. And if he wasn’t struggling financially, why the hell would he consider playing in Puerto Rico?

  • Mo

    I’ll never understand the blind hate OR the blind love that Iverson gets. How does blowing his cash make him any different than Dr. J or Scottie Pippen or Dennis Rodman? The media bias against him has never been fair but hey he also blew the cash all by himself.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    family/friends and money shouldn’t mix.

  • anynomous

    Iverson could be viable to several nba teams as a starter or reserve but I think he would fit best with either NJ or Orlando. dwill needs help and I think him and AI would complement each other well. both of them are play-makers – but dwill has a pass-score mentality whereas AI has a score-pass mentality. Orlando just needs a steady offensive hand. They have too many hot-and-cold offensive players. I think the better fit is dwill but if nj could get dhoward (or orlando could get dwill) in addition to AI that would be an interesting squad. But AI will need to play in the d-league for a stint IF he IS signed because he didn`t go to a training camp and he hasn`t played in some time – I think Jan/Feb 2011. So, playing in the d-league seems unavoidable which is why I have a hard time believing that he wouldn`t play in the d-league if he knew there was a good chance of returning to the nba. Like for example, if he was signed and sent down to get in game shape.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I do not agree JTaylor.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Mavus15 Mavus

    They don’t treat any other past MVP like this.. he can still score and I think is better than anything the Lakers have at PG or bench SGs … I swear it feels like he got Black-listed.. He can easily get you 15 off the bench and challenge for the starting spot at PG.. still a great defender, plays the passing lines perfectly..this is crap not even taking a chance on him.

  • Slim

    Number 1 AI fan right here Lakers need to give him a chance and let team up wit Kobe…I see a ring coming up for them if they get Iverson #REAL TALK

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Why is that? Family and friends tend to be leeches when it comes to money.

  • Paul H

    I don’t think anyone said Iverson was any different to Scottie or any one of the innumerable retired athletes who have squandered their cash. I just can’t take the “oh he’s so hard done by, rooting for you bud” bullsh*t. I hope he gets himself sorted and has another crack at the league. I just find It hard to sum up sympathy for a guy who has done this when I have 30 Euro In my bank account! And his ego and lack of a desire to evolve as a player effectively ran him out of the league. Loved you In the day tho AI.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cjy9LIyVc8 anynomous

    @paul fact: an athlete cannot play as great as Iverson played for +10 seasons if that athlete hasn`t evolved as a player. because as every athlete knows that as they get older, their game and their intelligence has to mature in order to compensate for losing a little athleticism and speed. check out the link.

  • Paul H

    I mean at the tail-end of his career. I really do not think he did.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Clearly he probably got blackballed.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Bl3GRdULQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player 1982

    Blackballed is a given. No way not a single team was interested unless they did it on purpose. The money thing – he blew through more money than every single Slamfan put together in 20 years. Stupid – yes. But that’s like winning the lottery and blowing it, I’d rather have lost millions than never had it. If he comes back, I would just be happy to see him on the court. This isn’t like Denver or Detroit where you’re hoping he somehow turns back the clock. Now, I just want to see him play basketball as a fan.

  • OTB

    Keep in mind that AI had chances with 3(!) separate teams after Denver. It’s not as if he was just kicked out…he had a GREAT opportunity in Memphis and *he* was the reason that went sour. If you’re a team owner in the NBA, WHY would you give AI a chance, when you’ve heard from 3 separate peers that he’s been an absolute wreck. The talent is there, but the necessary mentality is not. I loved watching AI in Philly, don’t get it twisted, but the man is responsible for most of the things that have gone wrong in his life.

  • anynomous

    @paul please. the only way we could thoroughly assess AI`s ability to further evolve as a player at the tail-end of his career is by watching him actually play real nba minutes at the tail-end of his career which we are not being given the opportunity to do. I just don`t understand how Allen wasn`t invited to a training camp or offered any type of contract because as the article says the la defenders was the closest he ever came to returning but nothing ever materialized meaning that there was never an offer.

  • http://yahoo marlon lawrence

    GO TO MIAMI ALLEN, U WILL MAKE IT A COME BACK N GET THAT “RING” . . .

  • slamfan4life

    another TO story….h8 this happened

  • str8 from samoa

    just send him to the NBA damit! haha

  • brandon

    ///RENO BIGHORNS///
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Bl3GRdULQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player 1982

    Anyone know how much DLeague fix are?

  • ripslam

    Why should ANY team take a chance on him? Blah blah blah, he gives you 15 every night, my ass. He’s blown opportunities with THREE TEAMS in the past THREE YEARS. He clearly only wants his money so he can go blow some more on strippers and jewelry. Son doesn’t deserve a NBA job.

  • Doe

    One of the greatest nba players all-time Deserves Another Chance!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNnR_4qTCGI&list=PLDF227F6322391384&context=C30d13daADOEgsToPDskL_F6mm-0c8M2r-cotf2pWe anynomous

    @doe cosign. one of the greatest competitors of all-time should be playing in the nba. not because he deserves it but because when he`s healthy, fit, and allowed to be himself on the court, he`s ALWAYS worth the price of admission. And you can also say that about a select few.

  • abaci

    Preach OTB preach! Some of you think he is being blackballed??? get out of here. at this point he does more harm than good for a team. i like AI but he brought this on himself. when you are a problem and a great athlete they look the other way, when your skills decline your not worth the headache and they kick you to the curb.

  • hushabomb

    Its not necessarily the players that don’t want him (I’m sure they’d love to see AI giving direction on how to be successful in the NBA). Its the GM’s who see AI not turn up for practice, show up late for events, not willing to play from the bench, not willing to get a couple of games from the D-League in order to get in game shape. For 90% of people out there, if your boss saw you turn up late for work, be lazy at work, talk back to your boss and not proving you belong at your company in any way, shape or form, you’d probably be fired. Having said that, where AI will benefit will be from a veteran team like the Celtics, Suns or Lakers where there are is more of a leadership cadre and not have to put up with his antics

  • anynomous

    he`s absolutely been blackballed since leaving detroit in `09 where the next summer he received a total of 2 offers from memphis and lac. in detroit, after AI was guaranteed a permanent starting position by michael curry, he benched AI in favor of stucky. the next year due to a lack of offers, AI went to memphis where he was hampered by a hamstring injury which gave conley the starting pg position out of default. memphis` coach wanted AI to take it slow so as to not re-aggravate it and AI being the stubborn person he is just wanted to play through it. All the while, the frustration of being only one year removed from posting 26-6 with denver compared to where he was just one year later, was growing. in philly, he caused ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS. In fact, both teammates and coaches alike had nothing but kind things to say about him – please do some research. Unfortunately, he went on permanent leave to tend to his daughter. While he was on leave “some anonymous” soure” tweeted that they saw AI at a club and because TWITTER and this “no-named tweeter” are so reliable, everyone bought it. And that in a more detailed and accurate nutshell, are AI`s last 3 teams.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/07/allen-iverson-willing-to-play-any-role-on-an-nba-team/ djb

    @hush check out my link. I think you`ve missed the central idea behind the article “AI willing to play in d-league if it gives him a legit chance of returning to the nba.” it can be any clearer. Most of the stuff you mentioned occurred early on in his career, pre-2004 and very infrequently as opposed to what a lot of people seem to believe. If you have an employee with the problems that you mentioned, do you really think he would stay at that company for 10+ years? That`s not logical. Whenever AI does anything or whenever something NEGATIVE happens to him it`s magnified to the NTH degree. Then it takes on a life of its on, enduring the test of time as if a 10-year old incident just happened yesterday. It`s over and done with. let it go.

  • anynomous

    miss the edginess and nasty attitude you brought to the game AI. nowadays, everyone wants to be BFFs. keep fighting bubba chuck.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    He will retire in 10 days. Blackballed.

  • pl

    would he have to show for practice?

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    He wasn’t blackballed. Jesus, people.

  • OTB

    I don’t even think half these people know what blackballed means. Craig Hodges can make a case for getting blackballed from the league because he did not receive a SINGLE OFFER in free agency after the Bulls 1992 championship. Hodges even went to the extent of suing the league for this. AI received offers….he’s STILL receiving offers (e.g – from the Lakers), albeit with more caveats which HE does not want to fulfill. Please get away from this mentality that AI is an innocent figure who is just “keeping it real”. At some point in your life, you need to take responsibility for your attitude and actions.

  • http://aol.com kln

    you all need to quit worrying about his life. jesus christ its his fricken life. id like to see you all do better. you all suck

  • doe

    love to see AI and Kobe together w lakers!!! You won’t be be double teaming Kobe anymore!!! What do you think Kobe?

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