Allen Iverson to Stay in Philly
544th 545th straight summer, it turns out that, despite the multifarious rumours to the contrary, Allen Iverson will be staying with the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers for another season. So, things are peaches and cream with the team, right? Not quite. It doesn’t take a genius to infer from the language used by Billy King and others that they didn’t so much decide to keep A.I. as realise that they weren’t going to get market value for him.
“I expect him to be on the roster at the start of training camp,” the Sixers president and general manager said.
Asked if this meant Iverson would not be traded, King replied: “I’ve pretty much said that I expect him to be with us at the start of training camp. Our conversations with other teams at this point going forward do not include him.”
Leon Rose, Iverson’s agent, said last night that King informed Iverson of his decision yesterday in person and that the two men had “a very positive meeting regarding the future of the team.”
"Allen is very excited and looking forward to the season," Rose said. "He’s happy that he can now fully focus on basketball, knowing he’s going to be here."
Right. So, to summarise, Philly management spent every waking moment of their summer listening to terrible offers, until yesterday when they decided that they’d taken enough phone calls beginning “Would you consider…?” and figured they had to say something.
Assuming they don’t have any tricks up their sleeve, that means that the Sixers are going to stink again next year. Assuming some enormous change doesn’t go down in the city between now and opening night ’06-’07, Philadelphia is going to be mad. Assuming Billy visits Philly at some point, he’s going to get his ass kicked. Even if things don’t perk up in Pa., at least justice will be served.