Allen Iverson a 76er?

To retire or not retire that is the question?  The “Answer” has given an answer, but is it his final answer.  On Nov. 25, Iverson announced his retirement from the NBA.  It has been a tumultuous last couple of seasons for the 10 time all-star.  After being traded from Philadelphia in 2006, the disgruntled Iverson hasn’t been the same since his ten-year stay in the city of Brotherly Love.  Iverson has seen brief stints with three different teams, the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and a cup of coffee with the Memphis Grizzlies.  At every stop, Iverson has complained of not getting the ball enough, and coming off the bench.  This is the reason he retired; the “Answer” either wants to play for a championship contender, or a team where he will not ride the pine.

Allen Iverson’s name is synonymous in Philadelphia basketball lore with legends like Julius Erving, Wilt Chamberlain, Charles Barkley, Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks.  The team was built around Iverson.  He was asked to put up shots because he was the only scorer on the team.  The rest of the squad was made of  “hard-workers”, guys who played defense and just knew how to simply win basketball games.  The 2000-2001 NBA season was Iverson’s best; he won his only NBA MVP award that season.  He single-handedly carried the team on his back all season before bowing out to the Lakers in five games to the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Currently, the 76ers are just 5-11, and have been in the bottom 5 in attendance the last couple of seasons.  Why not bring Iverson in, even if it doesn’t help the team win.  In a struggling economy, the least A.I. could do is fill some of those seats at the Wachovia Center.  Iverson will get plenty of playing time, so why shouldn’t General Manager Ed Stefanski pull the trigger.   

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