After Allen Iverson took a leave of absence from the 76ers to take care of family issues last season, the safe bet was that he would be out of basketball for good. Thankfully, I never made such an assumption, because Allen still thinks he’s got what it takes, and is ready to give the NBA another go next season. Iverson tweeted his intention to play yesterday.
“I want to return to the NBA this season, and help any team that wants me, in any capacity that they feel that I can help. I’m disappointed, and I owe my fans more than what they have seen of me the last couple seasons. However, now that my family is healthy and rock solid, I can concentrate fully on doing what I do best!” –Twitter via USAToday
A 35 year old shooting guard who’s undersized, taken a beating throughout his whole career, hates practice, and will want a big contract isn’t exactly something NBA teams want on their squad. Nevertheless, Gary Moore his personal manager confirms that Iverson is working out and anticipating a return next season.
“Allen is working out and he’s getting himself prepared to make his return.” –NYTimes
Who’s going to try and make a comeback to the league next? Keith Van Horn? Iverson’s practice rant has been made into a pretty awesome auto-tune track. I hope he’s getting some royalties off this, he’s probably heard it in the club a bunch of times.