Re: Allen Iverson wants to return to the NBA
posted at 6/9/2011 3:54 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Allen Iverson wants to return to the NBA
[QUOTE]After the way Allen Iverson last departed the NBA, he's in no position to misbehave. One more misstep and he'll be gone, not just from the Celtics, but from all of professional basketball. He's not an idiot. He knows he no longer possesses the superlative talent that allowed previous teams to tolerate his personality flaws. He also knows he's only got a year or two left, and needs a championship ring to validate his Hall of Fame career. If he only cared about playing time, he wouldn't have forced his way off the '09 Memphis Grizzlies.
Posted by davidap[/QUOTE]
No he doesn't realize any of that. As evidenced in Memphis. Your problem is, you're thinking like a normal person- not a superstar athlete. What we see when we look at AI is not what he sees when he looks at himself. I can just about guarantee you he still thinks he's a superstar and that he should be starting.
In order to make to the top of any sport there is an extreme amount of self confidence required- almost to the point of delusion. Not many athetes know when it's over. And AI has proven he is no different.
And I don't get your Grizzlies argument. He left because he wasn't starting. So I'm not following you.
As far it being a low risk move? You're right- to a point. The problem is if it doesn't work out, and there's a very good chance it doesn't, you just wasted a roster spot on player that didn't help your team. What makes it even worse, is that while you were experimenting with AI, players that could have helped your team and were available are now locked up elsewhere.
And as far a ring goes AI was in the same spot two years ago. He was washed up. And instead of taking a backup spot on a contender he chose to sign with a team that had no shot in the hopes he would get a starting spot. What's different now?
AI doesn't care about a ring. He just wants to start somewhere. AI is selfish. He always has been. That's not something people grow out of. And even if it was I'm pretty sure it would have happened by now. He's pushing 40.