Friday , Oct , 05 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Allen Iverson Coy On Future With Denver Nuggets, Could The Answer Fit On Contender Like Detroit Pistons or San Antonio Spurs?

Iverson is a great player. I don’t sweat his turnovers and shot attempts because I love his heart. But I can’t see the scenario he mentioned unfolding, where he takes a reduced salary and joins San Antonio or Detroit as a role player …

The Denver Post reports on whether Allen Iverson will finish his career in Denver:

"I’d rather be here. But I mean, I’m going to do what’s right for me. And that’s just as far as being able to win a championship. That’s the most important thing to me. "So, after this contract is over, I would like to stay here. But, you know, I’m going to try to do what’s right for me and my family."


"I don’t think about contracts. When my time is up, I’ll weigh my options after the season after my contract is up. I don’t get into it like guys do when they’re coming into the last year of their contract, and then they start worrying about if they’re playing well and thinking about their money. The only thing I think about is basketball. I got enough money."

My Quick Take: The Answer didn’t have much of an answer when asked if he wanted to stay in long-term. Iverson’s wait-and-see approach with the Nuggets is fair. It’s just surprising when you consider the team’s success last season.

Of course, success is relative. Denver, after acquiring Iverson mid-season, changed their style of play. But they soon found their mark-posting an impressive end of season winning streak and giving San Antonio a decent run in the first round of the playoffs. With this in mind, I found it surprising that Iverson was a little guarded about his future.

is a great player. I don’t sweat his turnovers and shot attempts because I love his heart. But I can’t see the scenario he hints at unfolding, where he takes a reduced salary and joins say San Antonio or Detroit as a role player.

It didn’t work for mega-stars like Gary Payton and Karl Malone in L.A. It wouldn’t work for Iverson.

The Spurs and Pistons are balanced teams. San Antonio has their big three: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker. The Pistons have four All-Stars: Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and Rasheed Wallace. On offense, these teams swing the ball from side-to-side during each possession. They are a collectivist, ball-sharing bunch.

Iverson is not effective unless he’s handling the ball. I’m not judging. I’m stating fact. The tiny guard needs the rock to get his and create for others. Contending teams are more structured and won’t allow Iverson to freestyle on the perimeter.

Right now, at this stage of his career, Iverson’s game and personality is too big to mesh with an established contender. I don’t see much changing in two years, either.

Could Iverson take a lesser role and play for a contender? Get at us in the comment box with your thoughts.

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