Last time we discussed a potential return to the NBA’s hardwood for Allen Iverson, anything seemed possible. The humbled former superstar stated as recently as November that he was looking for work anywhere stateside, and he sounded more than willing to put in the hard work necessary. Just as long as that hard work doesn’t constitute polishing his skills in the D-League, according to a report from BlackSportsOnline which states the Los Angeles Lakers had offered the Answer a spot on their farm team, the L.A. D-Fenders.
My face is firmly bedded in my palm as I type this. Iverson doesn’t have the right to be picky at this point in his career. The clout that surrounded his name five years ago has evaporated, and, no matter how he sees himself, he definitely has something to prove to NBA coaches. Should he be given another chance, Iverson offering 50 percent of what he was in his prime can still make a difference on the floor. But behavior like this only widens the gap between that scenario and reality. I love Iverson, and want to see him go out on top. But if he keeps biting the hand that feeds, that’s never going to happen.