Allen Iverson plots NBA return

Saturday, June 19, 2010

In December 2006, Allen Iverson was traded to the young Denver Nuggets. Already led by scoring big man, Carmelo Anthony, the Nuggets were expected to rise to the top of the West. Instead, Iverson did not fit in well with the Nuggets. Despite having a strong personal relationship, there was no chemistry between the two superstars. Expecting a title, all the team offered was more of the same and a bigger name. Going into the 2008-2009 season, a move had to be made, so Iverson was traded to the Detroit Pistons. In exchange, the Nuggets landed Chauncey Billups and it was a good move for the Nuggets.

With the Pistons, Allen Iverson was benched for the first time in his career, as the Pistons went from the top of the East to only the eighth seed. Following the season, Iverson was a free agent with no intentions of returning to Detroit. He was on the radar of several teams, but they all passed on him. Eventually, he ended up with the Memphis Grizzlies. After only three games, he did not like the organization, so he decided to buy out his contract and retire. For one week, Allen Iverson retired before his Philadelphia 76ers offered him a one year deal. Back at home, Iverson played minimal minutes, but the Sixers lost throughout the season, well out of playoff contention before warm weather.

Meanwhile, Allen Iverson's daughter was dealing with illness and his marriage was on shaky ground. Due to all of his problems, Iverson decided to retire one more time. This time, however, it was on his terms and not because no team would take him. Having been away from the game for a few months and watching the recent finals, Allen Iverson misses the action. He still feels as if he could help a team reach the top of the heap as he no longer plays for money. Allen Iverson has returned with the same words Michael Jordan used fourteen years ago, "I'm back."


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