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Iverson answer expected Wednesday

Posted on: December 1, 2009 8:56 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2009 9:17 pm
Allen Iverson's answer to the 76ers' offer of a one-year contract is expected as soon as Wednesday, with early indications that his desire to return to Philadelphia and prove his critics wrong will outweigh any hard feelings over the non-guaranteed offer.

A non-guaranteed deal, prorated at the veteran's minimum for the balance of the season, is the best Iverson, 34, is likely to do. But even with a chance to return to the city that he transcended for a decade, it's possible that Iverson will be offended by an offer that isn't guaranteed. As a Hall of Fame-caliber player who gave the organization maximum effort when he was on the court, the lack of commitment could rankle him. The word "disrespect" comes to mind.

"Tomorrow is D-Day," one person familiar with the discussions told

But based on the mood in Monday's meeting between Iverson and the Sixers' brass in Dallas, there were no indications that Iverson would turn down a non-guaranteed deal -- only that he badly wanted to return to Philly and show his critics that he can still perform at a high level. Regardless of Iverson's view of the past, future, and his own value, a non-guaranteed contract is the only way the Sixers can protect themselves against the strong possibility that Iverson once again would exert his outsized influence. If Iverson refuses to accept a demotion to the bench once Lou Williams returns from injury, or if he causes problems of any kind that disrupt coach Eddie Jordan's control of the team, the Sixers can waive him with no financial consequences.

Iverson also may want to consider that he's playing with house money, given that he walked away from Memphis with about $400,000 of the $3.1 million, one-year deal he signed after appearing in only three games. With a non-guaranteed deal, Iverson must follow through on all the right things he said to Memphis management, and now Sixers management, or his career will effectively be over.

If this reunion must occur, this is the only sensible way to do it. Everyone is held accountable, which right from the tip will be something new given Iverson's history with the Sixers. And it gives Iverson the chance to thumb his nose at the critics one last time, putting his non-guarantee where his mouth is and proving that he only cares about playing the game. That's the challenge, if he's willing to accept it.

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Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 7:35 am

Iverson answer expected Wednesday

He is back heard this morning he signed.  Wow AI back to smash all of Wilt Chamberlains records as a sixer.  This guy always played hard in Philly, so I expect a boost from what we've seen from AI in the past few years.

I wonder when he'll be starting to practice?  Yeah practice!

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 5:15 am

Iverson answer expected Wednesday

He should take it. We all know that he didn't really want to retire but he was just kind of forced into it because he felt like he was out of options. This will be a great place for him to go. The Sixers need a veteran leader that can still play and AI can do that. He is still a very talented player who I think still has a few years left in him. He just needs to find the right place for him and Philly is that place. They need a point guard and a leader. Even when Lou Williams gets back I think he will still be happy with his playing time as he will get time at the 1 and 2. He is realizing that this is his last shot and if he screws up again then he won't get another chance. AI is a great player who has been great for the game and I would hate to see him go out like that.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 10:34 pm

Iverson answer expected Wednesday

The move is no surprise. It is purely a buisness standpoint. The Sixers games are as empty as the Nets games and to bring Iverson in easily grabs you 1,000 to 2,000 more seats a night. HE WAS THE SIXERS FOR YEARS. He is the main reason they had wins and got a fanbase.

No one is going to pay to see Lou Williams have 16 points and 10 turnovers
No one wants to see Elton Brand be overmatched in the post.
No one wants to show up hoping this a game where A.I. (Andre) decides to score 20 points once a week.
Thaddeus Young is a good young player, but not great enough that I'm dying to see him and the rest of this team get outhustled and just outclassed on the hardwood.
Allen Iverson needs this to keep himself feeling good and Philly's diehard fans will give him the attention he wants. Here, 27% shooting doesnt matter as long as its #3

Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2009 9:29 pm

Iverson answer expected Wednesday

With all respect, Ken, I wouldn't underestimate AI's potential value to this team. My Sixers have been quite low-caliber so far this season, coming off of a promising 2008-2009. He will have an immediate impact, on everything. Sammy Dalembert and Andre Iguodala were here during Iverson's 1st stint, and I think a reuniting will be just what they all need. Eddie Jordan needs some inspiration for his young team. The Sixers could stand to sell quite a few thousand more tickets.

AI will once again be The Answer for Philly. Also keep in mind that AI, while his body takes a beating, is still only 34.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2009 9:27 pm

Iverson answer expected Wednesday

good for iverson. One last thing. When Lou comes back, if the team is winning, will Lou return to the 6th man role he held when Andre was running the point last year? Or will Philly try and move Iverson back to the bench only to watch him quit again?

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2009 9:17 pm

Iverson answer expected Wednesday

sure will. possible he'll also play some 2 when Lou comes back

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2009 9:04 pm

Iverson answer expected Wednesday

Hey Ken. I'm guessing he'll start at point, right?

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