Thursday, September 10, 2009

Grizzlies Sign Iverson...Huh?

Allen Iverson signed a $3.1 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. That has to be the dumbest move any team has made all off season. We all know Iverson is a volume shooter, wherever he plays. He even thought he was the man more so than Carmello Anthony in Denver. Look what happened when the Nuggets opted for cancer treatment and cut ties with A.I.( A godsend in Chauncy Billups)

Iverson would take the most shots if he were on the Lakers or Cavs. He refuses to acknowledge his legs are not what they were eight years ago, not to mention his back which sidelined him last season. Iverson has a low basketball I.Q., having built a career on talent and athleticism alone. Why would Memphis want to take touches away from O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, and Mike Conley?

When Iverson was interviewed about the recent signing, specifically about his low salary (as he is accustomed to earning upward of $15 mil a year), Iverson said, "It ain't about business, it's personal..."

"Personal"...No talk of doing his part to help the Grizzlies win or do his part to contribute to a talented young team. It's personal to Allen. It's all about him and his 30 shot attempts per game. Does Iverson still have some good years left? Yeah, he'll get some 25 to 35 point games, but at what cost? Why slow the development of a talented young team that could be a few years from a playoff birth? The truth is the Grizzlies did not acquire Iverson to get into the playoffs. A.I. is a ticket sales marketing tactic. As proven in Denver and Detroit, Iverson does not make the players around him better. Look for the Grizzlies' play to improve once Iverson's back flares up again and O.J. Mayo gets his team back.

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