Allen Iverson didn’t let the fact that no NBA team had much interest in signing him this season stop him from playing basketball. So it should come as no surprise that he’s not going to let his latest injury, a growth in his right leg that will have to be surgically removed, put a stop to his career either. Here’s the latest on the former 76ers star, courtesy of the Associated Press:
Allen Iverson says he expects to play basketball again once he has a lesion in his right leg examined in the United States.
Iverson posted on his Twitter page Friday that he was returning home for examinations, and possibly surgery. Iverson says he has no plans to retire.
Iverson signed with the Turkish team Besiktas after no NBA team expressed interest in the 11-time NBA All-Star
Gary Moore, Iverson’s longtime manager, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Iverson was expected to miss four to six weeks. Moore says Iverson was hoping to rejoin his Turkish team in time for the postseason.
It would have been nice to see a player with Iverson’s cult of personality, on-court resume, and influence on NBA culture get a proper farewell tour and be allowed to leave on his own terms, but things don’t always work out that way. Thanks to on-court issues in Detroit, family issues that Iverson had to attend to, and a number of other factors, Iverson wasn’t able to end his NBA career the way he wanted to, but he’s still doing everything he can to play the game he loves at the highest level possible. Furthermore, Iverson isn’t playing badly at all in Turkey: he’s currently averaging 14.3 points on 44.2% shooting for Beskitas, which at least make his chances of an NBA return better than those of Antoine Walker.
The Bulls suffered a rough loss in Boston last night.
It didn’t get better afterward.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge – who played for Boston in the 80s – pleaded ignorance to any nefarious plumbing:
I think the idea that teams plot to shut off the visitor’s hot water is often overstated. Arenas have complex infrastructure, and things can go wrong on their own. Sometimes, the home team loses hot water, but that never gets remembered.
But reasonable excuses don’t make a cold shower in the moment any more tolerable.
Robin Lopez had reason to be upset from the Bulls’ Game 5 loss to the Celtics last night.
This miss was all on him.
Dwyane Wade (26 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists) was the Bulls’ best player in their Game 5 loss to the Celtics last night.
But the 35-year-old guard clearly didn’t go all out on every possession.
Players can justify not closing out by claiming they were prioritizing rebounding position. Wade clearly has no such excuse.
The Los Angeles Clippers dropped Game 5 to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, and find themselves down 3-2 as they head back to Salt Lake City for Game 6. The Clippers have had to deal with Utah’s formidable defense, so much so that they’ve built in counters to Jazz defenders overplaying shooters like JJ Redick.
One example of this countering method could be found in Game 3, when the Clippers ran a split cut for Redick. Instead of fighting endlessly around screens for a 3-point shot as you might expect, LA took the easy route and simply cut Redick to the basket for an easy layup as a means to take advantage of an overeager defender.
We’ve talked about the Split Cut here on NBA Playbook before. The Los Angeles Lakers used it earlier in the season to beat the Golden State Warriors, the team that uses the split cut perhaps the most out of any team in the NBA.
Other teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, have adapted the Warriors’ use of the split cut as a counter for their own offense this season, which is a testament to just how useful it is.
If you need a reminder, a split cut all about a screener coming up to screen, then cutting toward the basket before his screen action fully takes place. It’s about timing, and catching defenders off guard when they go to set up their recover positions for screens.
For a full breakdown on the split cut and how the Clippers used it, watch the video above.