Allen Iverson is off dealing with a sick child, excused from being with the team on its three-game West Coast road swing. With good reason, family should matter more than basketball.
Still, there is a deadline for his return — next week, according to Ken Berger at CBS.
If Allen Iverson can’t make it back to the Philadelphia 76ers by next week, a parting of ways between the iconic star and the city where he tried to resurrect his career will be inevitable, a person with close ties to the future Hall of Famer told CBSSports.com Tuesday.
“For the team’s sake and his own sake, he can’t keep trying to go back and forth with this,” the person said. “If he can’t get back by next week, it’s probably not going to work.”
A lot of people have made this entire situation out to be Iverson vs. Sixers management with plenty of anger and hatred to go around, but that has not been the case so far. Philadelphia brass has not only said and done the right things publicly, they’ve meant it. They are fine with Iverson taking care of family first.
But Iverson changes the dynamic of the Sixers team. He takes a lot of shots and becomes a team focal point when there, but he also sells more tickets (which is why he was brought back in the first place). When he is gone, they are a young team with a young backcourt (Willie Green and Jrue Holiday) that is learning to play together, building for the future.
Philadelphia would come off as evil and heartless for cutting Iverson loose while he deals with a sick child. But they have to be Iverson’s team or a young building team, not just jumping back and forth over the fence every few games. And that may mean if he is not back in a week, the team will release him.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.