Iverson Tweeted: "I thank Donnie and Dallas for the consideration and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me.
He also added, "Not a day goes by that I am not asked when am I coming back, we all must accept that my return is not up to just me."
This is a clear example of AI big-timing the D-League because he's above going the hard way. No NBA team is going to give a 37-year-old, small guard who is a streaky shooter and awful shot selection a chance unless he proves he can at least be successful in another league, such as the D.
ESPN NBA guy Marc Stein is reporting the Dallas Mavericks are lobbying Allen Iverson to make a comeback, beginning with their D-League team with the idea of potentially bringing him up to the Association.
It should be noted that according to this report, it is the D-League Texas Legends making this push.
If Mavs guard Darren Collison wasn't sure just how much the Mavs DON'T like him, this should pretty much do it.
The Answer hasn't played since 2009-'10 when he played briefly with the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers. He gave the league in Turkey a shot in 2010, but played in but 10 games.
Iverson is 37 now, and apparently is:
B.) Needs the money
C.) All of the above
Even lobbying the likes of a point guard whose shot selection resided somewhere between awful and atrocious is a clear sign that the Mavs season is d-o-n-e. This feels only slightly better than when Mark Cuban signed a clearly washed-up Dennis Rodman the 1999-'00 season to sell tickets grab rebounds; the Rodman era with the Mavericks lasted 12 games.
Iverson was the classic case of a guy whose game never developed beyond his first step. Once he lost the ability to break down defenders with an insane first step, he was done. He has a career shooting percentage of 43%, and 31% from 3-point range. And if his previous stops are any indication, he's not going to do well with sitting the bench, because he's convinced he's still 24.
Consdering Iverson is consistent with what the Mavs have done this season, which is to bring in every single veteran - Derek Fisher, Mike James, Troy Murphy, Eddy Curry, Chris-Douglas Roberts, George Mikan - who can still dribble a basketball for a look.
Take a pass on the Answer.
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