Allen Iverson will not play in Melo vs. Philly Sunday

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UPDATE 10:17 am: Allen Iverson’s longtime friend and manager shot down the idea that Iverson will play in the game, according to

Gary Moore, Iverson’s longtime friend and manager, confirmed that the now 36-year-old Answer will not participate.

Which is a little sad, these free-flowing exhibitions are a good fit for Iverson’s game, and this would have been fun. But it’s not happening. Still, there is plenty of star power for this showdown.

9:48 am: Allen Iverson might be back on the court with NBA players Sunday.

We still won’t believe it until we see it, but organizers of Sunday’s Melo League vs. Philly showdown in the City of Brotherly Love are reportedly trying to get Iverson — still one of the most popular players ever in Sixers history — to play for Team Philadelphia, according to Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Lot’s of “no comments” flying around officially.

Iverson is supposed to be in Philly hosting another event Saturday night.

The organizers also tried to recruit Kobe Bryant to play for Philly, but that appears less likely.

The return of Iverson — who wants another shot to play in the NBA after being out last season and playing in Turkey until he got injured — would add to a star-studded lineup.

Really, Team Philly needs some help. The lineup for the Melo League includes LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Josh Selby, Eric Bledsoe and more.

Philly will be represented by Tyreke Evans, Hakim Warrick, Lou Williams, Markieff and Marcus Morris plus others. That’s good enough against most teams, but Melo has one serious lineup put together.