Allen Iverson has indicated that he wants to return to the NBA and is willing to play whatever role is needed.
Now remember, the last time Iverson was a free agent and went to Memphis two years ago, the Celtics seriously considered him.
You’d assume they would at least kick the tires on the 36-year-old when the lockout ends and teams are able to bring in free agents.
Allen Iverson likely still possesses the physical tools to play in the NBA. But mentally, he's a mess. Over the past three years, he bounced from Denver to Detroit to Memphis to Philadelphia to Turkey.
The rap on Iverson is his refusal to become a bench player. File under: Stubborn and stupid.
There are major questions about his personal life. There are reports that he's an alcoholic and heavily in debt. His wife recently filed for divorce… for the second time.
In a recent interview, Iverson said he's willing to do anything to play in the NBA:
"I want to finish my career out in the NBA, if that's possible," Iverson said. "And that's in any capacity. I did a lot of things, I made a lot of mistakes as far as my actions and things that I've said, and I think that was the reason for me not being in the NBA. My whole thing now in trying to get back is letting any organization know that I'm willing to play any part that they want me to play."
I guess there's no harm in Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers speaking with Allen Iverson. And financially, the risk would be no more than the league minimum. If he's got his head on straight, he could be a helluva offensive threat off the bench. But with the Celtics margin of error decreasing year to year, I wouldn't take a risk on this guy,
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