The Question
Speak no evil? Not Allen Iverson!

On how much longer he'll play:

"Until I can't be Allen Iverson on the court, until I can't dominate. When you look at the scouting report and my name is not the first name, you have to stop; then it's time to go. I don't want to be an old guy sitting on the bench for a championship team. I'm not coming off nobody's bench."
Sounds like something he might have said recently doesn't it? But it's not.

Iverson spoke those words to Sports Illustrated way back in April of 2007, a few months after the Philadelphia 76ers traded him to the Denver Nuggets.

At the time, Iverson also said:

"After being in Philly so long and not believing I would ever leave, the day I became a Nugget, I felt this was where I wanted to finish my career. All I see are positive things. I had a conversation with my kids [he has four in Colorado], and they said they love their school, love their classmates. Everything here seems so good."
Of course, a little over a year later, everything that had once seemed so good went to hell (and by "hell" I mean Detroit). Iverson is now three cities removed from where he once wanted to finish his career. Although he is back in the original place he wanted to finish his career, so he has that going for him...which is nice.

To his credit, Iverson stayed kinda-sorta true to his word. He's not sitting on the bench for a championship team. Or a good team. Or even a halfway decent team. However, he's not exactly dominating, and I doubt he's been the first name on any scouting report for a while. But at least he still has, you know, his pride.

Bonus bawful! Fill in the blanks on Iverson's infamous "practice" rant! [via the Basketball-Reference Blog]

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Blogger chris said...
So does this make Memphis purgatory?

Anonymous Esco said...
Uhmm... It seems you have a vendetta against Iverson. Even when he's just playing and does nothing for you to bash him you have an entire post 'dedicated' to him. Give it up, it's getting lame.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
chris -- It used to...until the Griz starting winning and stuff.

Esco -- I stumbled upon this quote while doing a non-Iverson-themed search in the SI Vault. It stunned me because it seemed so timely even though it was nearly three years old. Doesn't it kind of explain a lot of what's been going on with him since he was traded to Detroit? What with all his problems regarding coming off the bench? I mean, he was deriding the idea of being a reserve well before anybody was even thinking about using him in that capacity.

I found it interesting, and thought other people might as well.

Blogger Cortez said...
"Even when he's just playing and does nothing for you to bash him you have an entire post 'dedicated' to him. Give it up, it's getting lame."

Score one (or more appropriately, subtract one) for the educational system.

Blogger chris said...
Bawful: That actually is intriguing because it means...deep down, the Cancer knew that his skills WOULD decline precipitously enough to the point he'd be asked to begin from the bench, and thus he's trying to protect "himself." As opposed to, you know, sucking it up to try to win a title, because it isn't a "real title" without him as the primary contributor.

Blogger tonious35 said...
Mr. Bawful,

Can you imagine how amped Thabo Sefo. was to be part of Thunder unit and lay waste to the Bulls? The same Bulls that were only few games away from ruining his career by benching him?

I bet that victory gave him a huge Joker grin on his face.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
tonious35 -- Damn. You're absolutely right.

Blogger Drew said...
The 36 year old Juwan Howard all over Kaman

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Drew -- I added the video to today's WotN post, with credit to you.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Allen Iverson isn't a victim at all. He's one of those guys that you see at the park, YMCA, rec league, etc. who knows to say what you want to hear and then he'll take the team down so he can shine. The crazy thing is that people are only now realizing that he dogs it in practice, ball hogs, and plays shitty defense when he's been doing it all along.

Blogger Will said...
Jamal Crawford achieved a Dantley last night with 23 points on 12 free throws.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Nash with his 7th block of the season tonight.