Memphis Grizzlies will ask Allen Iverson to come off the bench

Allen Iverson won’t be starting for the Memphis Grizzlies to open the season, according to The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal (Hat tip: Full-Court Press).

Veteran guard Allen Iverson will start the regular season as a reserve when the Grizzlies host the Detroit Pistons Oct. 28 in their home opener.

Iverson, 34, has missed the entire preseason schedule because of a partially torn left hamstring. He hasn’t participated in training camp practices since Oct. 4.

Griz coach Lionel Hollins said there is no choice but to gradually work in Iverson.

"He hasn’t had a chance to perform," Hollins said. "And when he does come back he’ll be way behind with how we’re doing things. So when he gets into a game, it’ll be limited. That’s probably where we’ll wind up at the start of the season."

I nearly headline this post, “Allen Iverson will come off the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies.” Then, I realized that might be inaccurate. I’ll believe he actually comes off the bench when I see it.

I’m sure this will end well.