Opinion: Allen Iverson shows true colors in leave from Grizzlies

November 8, 2009

(ChattahBox) – Allen Iverson is still trying to spell team with an ‘I’.  After departing the Denver Nuggets in a trade last year, which saw their fortunes immediately rise, while Iverson nearly single-handedly, turned the perennial contending Detroit Pistons into a dispirited first round playoff loser.  The one-time league MVP, never known as a team player but talented enough to pull his teammates along with him, can’t seem to comprehend he’s lost a step or two. Still his talents are such that if he were willing to be a team player and come off the bench he may have drawn interest from playoff contending teams this past offseason.

Instead Iverson pretty much scared everyone off except the rather desperate Memphis Grizzlies.  Most knew this unholy alliance wasn’t destined to end well but it never got started.  Injured in the preseason, Iverson was asked to come off the bench in the previous two games after sitting out the first three with a hamstring injury.  On Saturday, the Memphis Grizzlies granted Allen his leave from the team for personal reasons to allow him to return to his offseason home in Atlanta. Supposedly Iverson wants to clear his head and is extremely unhappy about the lack of communication with Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins over his playing time and role with the team. Yahoo’s Marc Spears and ESPN.com’s Chad Ford have both reported that Iverson’s leave is indefinite and no timetable has been set for his return.  I think there is a pretty good chance Iverson will play again for the Grizzlies, but unless he is made a starter and gets big minutes, which may be detrimental to the best chances of the team, he will either quit for good, pull up with a very slow healing injury, or make things so miserable for everyone he will be suspended.


4 Responses to “Opinion: Allen Iverson shows true colors in leave from Grizzlies”

  1. Sucka Free on November 9th, 2009 3:17 am

    It is quite obvious that the Grizz really only wanted AI to sell tickets. They never even gave him a chance to make the team better. Keeping the line up the same and just giving AI enough minutes to say he played but have no true affect on the game mde it obvious where there head was at. You can tell the makeup of a team by game 10 and the Grizz season is already over.

    At this stage in his career were the only thing that could improve upon what he has done is a ring it does him no good to play for this team. I would rather AI retire then see a great player misused like this again. It is one thing for him to come off the bench for a contender that has someone comparable in the starting lineup, but to come off the bench for below average guys like Conley and Stuckey makes it obvious that the NBA really does not want or appreciate him. AI is my favorite player, but before I watch more of this B.S. and **** me off even more. I would rather he retire from the NBA and possibly spend his remaining yrs left over seas where he may be given a shot to actually play instead of be played……

    This is a sad day in NBA basketball. I personally will not be watching anymore for a while…..

  2. Sucka Free on November 9th, 2009 3:23 am

    FYI it is obvious AI only wants to win if he were concerned with fitting in and excepting that the way they were doing things just to get back in good graces with the NBA he would have played the game, but at this point in the season if you do not know who your starters are you are a lost team. No team is gonna make a lineup change right now so it is obvious they had predetermined the lineup prior to the season start. Whether they improve or not……

    The Grizz already got the better end of the stick whe his jersey sold out in 2 days. How can the most popular player on your team and the reason for your financial success not be in the starting lineup, or atleast get starters minutes?????????

  3. dimitbeba on November 9th, 2009 2:00 pm

    Allen Iverson’s choise is right.

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