To borrow a line from NFL Red Zone Channel man Andrew Siciliano:
Practicar? Hablamos de practicar?
After playing a couple years in Turkey but not being able to get a look from an NBA team, Allen Iverson is in negotiations to play in the Puerto Rican league, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Iverson’s business manger Gary Moore has talked with Puerto Rico officials, and the league’s teams are discussing a bidding process to woo Iverson.
The Puerto Rican league, which starts its 30-game season in March, pays its stars about $20,000 a month, plus living expenses, sources said. The league’s commissioner is selling Iverson on the chance to work his way back to a possible return to the NBA.
While there is a rich tradition of basketball in Peurto Rico (their international team will take part in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament this summer and have a solid shot at getting one of the three remaining spots in the London games), the national league itself does not see a lot of guys jump from there to the NBA. They have former NBA guys — Ike Diagu is signed for this year — but while the level of play is pretty good its steps below the NBA.
That said, Iverson would be a huge draw in the island nation.
Iverson and his representative reached out to a number of NBA teams before the season but there was no interest. In 2010 Iverson played parts of the season for the Grizzlies and 76ers, but in both cases was not terribly productive on the court and a distraction off it. Which has scared teams off. He played last season in Turkey.
You’ve got to love Allen Iverson’s drive.
He tried to put together a charity All-Star game in Las Vegas but it fell apart. So his response? Set up a four-city tour, reports Chris Palmer of ESPN. Stops would include Atlanta and Las Vegas.
Already LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade are putting together a four-city tour. And by saying they are putting it together what we really mean is CAA (the agency that represents) is putting it together, and has lined up a sponsor in Google+. It takes that level of organization to really make one of these things work.
We’ll see if Iverson could pull it together. It’s not like the players really have anything else to do.
Allen Iverson got a win Tuesday. A federal judge in Detroit has dismissed a $2.5 million lawsuit against Iverson, tied to an incident in a bar from 2009.
That’s good for Iverson, but it’s not really the best part of this story.
The Detroit News (via Deadspin) got a hold of Iverson’s deposition at the hands of Gregory Lattimer, an attorney who had won a $260,000 judgment and another out-of-court settlement from Iverson in past cases. There was no love lost between these two.
Here are a few highlights of the deposition.
“I die before I let you get me this time,” Iverson tells the lawyer. “I’m as clean as the Board of Health man.”
“I know you lurking. I know you lurking, man. I know you lurking,” Iverson said. “How the hell you live with (it)? You’ve been involved with three suits against me. You know what to do. You got a plan.”
Lattimer: “I just go to work every day.”
Iverson: “I know, and I’m the one that pay you, and you know it. But not this time jack. … I die before I let you get me this time.”
After nearly two hours, Lattimer said he appreciated Iverson sitting for the deposition.
“Go to hell,” Iverson said.
Don’t ever change, AI.
When we were talking about Boston needing a veteran backup point guard for Rajon Rondo, this is not exactly what we had in mind.
Allen Iverson — out of the NBA last season but trying to get back in — is interested in playing for the Celtics, his manger Gary Moore told the Boston Globe (via CSNNE.com).
“I have already spoken to Allen about that and many other opportunities, and of course he would be interested in anywhere in the NBA but Boston is particularly attractive to him,’’ Moore said, “because of Danny Ainge, the organization, and one of the most respected coaches he knows in the business in Doc Rivers.
“He has the utmost respect for Doc Rivers and the current roster of players. Allen would relish the opportunity to play in that organization.’’
Iverson will turn 36 next season and is coming off an injury (and surgery) that kept him off his Turkish team at the end of last season. The reason he was in Turkey was he could not get an offer from an NBA team after being a disruption (and not particularly good on the court). For him to get back in the NBA, he’s got to first convince a GM that he is physically ready to come back and contribute, then secondly convince that same GM he will not be a locker room distraction.
Can he do all that? Maybe. He may well have matured and be ready to play a role. But do the Celtics — a team with title aspirations but no margin for error — want to test that out? Certainly the Celtics have a strong locker room that could deal with any distractions. But is it worth it for the Celtics to take that risk? And can AI still provide enough on the court to make it worth it, or would Boston be better off going younger (and likely cheaper)?
Ainge is willing to take risks. So maybe Beantown is a possibility. But I wouldn’t bet on it.
We’re welcoming signs of progress in the NBA labor talks anywhere we can get them. Even if they come at Allen Iverson’s expense.
Iverson was planning a Las Vegas showcase game featuring a number of NBA stars, but that has been pushed back to Jan. 6-7 next year, reports the Detroit Free Press. It’s the why that is interesting.
Iverson says discussions to end the NBA lockout were the reason the tournament was postponed.
You may want to take that with a grain of salt. I can think of a lot of other reasons it may have been postponed as well.
That said, if a handshake agreement between the NBA owners and players is reached in the next 48 hours or so team facilities would be re-opened to the players soon after. Players will be flocking to work out with teammates and coaches trying to get ready for the season on a very condensed schedule. The players want to practice.
Ironically, Iverson’s event may be cancelled because of practice. We’re talking about practice.
An NBA labor deal will mean the end of the string of charity games that have been taking place through the summer and fall.
And while those have been entertaining, I’m good with that.