10/12/10 9:49 am EST
Maybe it was all of those little quips with Larry Brown. Or maybe it was the now infamous “Practice? We talking about practice?” rant. Maybe it was even his obvious unwillingness to take a back seat on the rebuilding bus that was the Memphis Grizzlies. Perhaps it was the reports that surfaced last year which said that Iverson is battling alcohol and gambling problems.
Some combination of these past career missteps has to account for the lack of consideration that NBA clubs have granted Allen Iverson this offseason.
The fact that NBA teams are not lining up to elicit the services of the thirty-five year old former superstar does not come as a surprise; he has lost a step, cannot single-handedly dominate games in the manner in which he used to, and has done nothing to diminish the rumors of his displeasure with anything but a starting spot. So no, one wouldn’t expect the market for the eleven time all-star to be too elevated. The fact that not a single franchise felt that they could fit Allen anywhere on their roster, however, does come as a surprise. In fact, in a league where Kwame Brown can dupe teams into a decade’s worth of employment, Iverson’s inability to find work, despite several statements on his part suggesting he’s ready to play, is slightly more than surprising.