Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The powder keg of a man known as Allen Iverson

There are very few people in the world of sports that have sparked more debate than Allen Iverson. Throughout his career, Iverson has been idolized, hated, criticized, loved, and has evoked pretty much every emotion that a human can express. Even with all of the crap that he has been involved with, from his rant on not going to practice (which is definitely up there with Jim Mora Sr. as best rant ever) to his off the court issues, A.I. is one of the greatest players in NBA history and the way he has been treated this year has been uncalled for.

Iverson is the best player in NBA history under six feet and is one of the greatest scorers to ever play. He might be a little selfish, but at the end of the day, you will never see someone competitive as him. Night in and night out he sacrificed his body every time he drove the lane and played through more injuries than he has body parts.

If you look at players that he is in the same class as (hall of famers), all of them got to end their careers on their own terms. Not A.I. He has seemingly been cast away from the league he gave so much for. He is getting the rawest of deals. There is no reason that only Memphis was interested in this guy in the offseason; to play off the bench no less.

If this rumor that Philadelphia wants him is true, then I am going to be very happy. Ending his career in the place where he has been defended by every fan after he got in trouble would be a great way for him to go out. Seeing Iverson back in a 76er uniform would be a treat for me, and seeing him in Eddie Jordan's offense could actually be a good fit.

The bottom line is that Iverson gives more effort on the court than every other player with Dwayne Wade maybe tied with him. What he does in practice shouldn't matter when you sacrifice your body every night. He deserves to retire on his own terms...NBA fans owe him that.

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