Former Piston Allen Iverson hastened his exit from Detroit when he bristled at the notion of coming off the bench. Then, he hastened his exit from the NBA when he did the same in Memphis and had family issues that limited him in his return to Philadelphia.
Now, after starting the season in Turkey and finishing it injured, Iverson would like to finish his career in the NBA, and he appears to have come to grips with the fact that he’s no longer the elite, starting caliber, franchise player he was in his younger days. From NBA.com:
“Just give me a training camp,” he said. “Maybe I’ve rubbed people the wrong way as far as saying the things I’ve said in my life and in my career. But if any team needs me to help try and win a championship in any capacity, I’m waiting.”
I know I’m probably in the minority on this one among Pistons fans, but I’d love to seen Iverson in the NBA again next season. Granted, it’s been a year since anyone has seen him play, and he has lost some of the trademark quickness that made him such a threat in the past, but there’s a chance he could provide some bench scoring for a contending team if he’s now willing to accept that role.
There’s even a contending team with a history of adding aging All-Stars who accept bench roles: Matt Davis of Celtics 24/7 makes the case that Boston should give Iverson a shot.