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"The Answer"

Just a Story I got off of Hoopsworld.com

They say desperation makes for strange bedfellows.

The Houston Rockets may not quite be desperate, but they are probably one scorer short of being a playoff team. The loss of Yao Ming, combined with the ambiguous status of Tracy McGrady, has put a serious wrench in the Rockets' championship dreams, but even without their two superstars the Rockets have plenty of talent and plenty of heart. In the past they've been willing to take a chance on players that other teams didn't want to take a risk on, and those situations worked out pretty well for Bonzi Wells, who added two years to his NBA career, and even better for Ron Artest, who will be playing for a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, with the team again faced with the prospect of being without their two All-Stars for the bulk of the 2009-10 season, perhaps it's time for the Rockets to take another chance on another player who seems to have worn out his welcome in the NBA.

Allen Iverson has been served more than his share of humble pie. The man who has lead the NBA in scoring and been to the Finals has seen his stock fall off dramatically over the last two seasons. He was supposed to be the piece that made the Denver Nuggets contenders two seasons ago, but they fell well short of that goal and eventually traded him to Detroit. After 54 games with the Pistons, the powers that be in Detroit decided the team was better off not playing Iverson at all. The man once known as "The Answer" is now facing some tough questions as he pines away for a roster spot somewhere in the NBA. Anywhere.

Iverson has been busy Tweeting about his possible landing spots, with the New York Knicks, Charlotte Bobcats, and Miami HEAT topping one recent list. The HEAT have all but officially ended any pursuit of Iverson, the Bobcats seem an unlikely fit (the Larry Brown connection isn't what it used to be), and the Knicks . . .well, they seem dead set on pursuing anyone else, perhaps seeing Iverson as a last resort (though Donnie Walsh is even denying that). Besides, both the Bobcats and Knicks have their share of young players, and one prevailing concern about adding Iverson to a young team is that he might have a negative impact on young and impressionable teammates.

Twitter has also been an outlet for Iverson to convey his desire to get back to the basics and portray himself as someone who's working hard to make a big comeback this season.

"I have heard all of the doubters, but they should know that I will not be broken and I will remain true to my fans," Iverson Tweeted recently. "I spoke with my manager the other day and told him that I am again a student of the game. I am studying video and breaking down film. I want to be the best that I can be. One doesn't plan to fail, they fail to plan. I am planning for my comeback."

So here we sit. The Houston Rockets don't have much money to offer, but they do have a clear need on the offensive end of the floor. The injuries to Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady present a golden opportunity for someone, and there's at least a reasonable chance that Iverson could be that someone. AI needs another shot to prove he can still help a team win, and if he could step into the Rockets' lineup and help an already-talented team make the playoffs, he could resurrect his career. The Rockets also have a mature, established core that might even be able to help Iverson overcome some of his own off-court issues.

In Denver and Detroit, Iverson was asked to play a supporting role on teams that already had All-Stars in place and high hopes for the postseason. In Houston, Iverson could step in as the first option on the offensive end, thus filling the role he's best suited to fill. He would be heralded as the savior for a team that's been decimated by injuries. If all went well, Allen Iverson just might be seen as "The Answer" once again.

Given Rick Adelman's legendary ability to get the most out of "misunderstood" players, the Rockets and Iverson might not be such strange bedfellows after all.


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bad idea if they do sign him

bad idea if they do sign him it has to be a ne year deal because they dot have the right personel to compete with him playing.

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It is just a one year deal if anything. It isn't long term or nothing, but there is another article about him. I wouldn't want him there for more then one year. If he can make some noise with Houston then in 2010 he'd be set with teams looking to spend and he'd have a better chance with another team.

Allen Iverson, on his Twitter account, is promising to sign with a NBA team. After saying he told his people to get back to him when it was done, Chris Sheridan of ESPN went and talked to Charlotte Bobcats Coach Larry Brown, Iverson's former coach in Philadelphia, to see where Charlotte might be on the list.

"I've spoken to a lot of people on his behalf, because last year was a difficult situation for him being put in where he was, replacing Chauncey Billups," said Brown. "That would have been a difficult situation for anybody. But I know he's comfortable with me, and we've had a lot of discussions. When he played for me was probably when he played his best. Would I like to coach him again? Absolutely."

The reason the Bobcats made the trade of Emeka Okafor for Tyson Chandler was to reduce their long-term salary commitments, ostensibly because the team was for sale. This morning Steve Kyler discussed the news that the Bobcats might have a buyer…does that mean they could be willing to spend a little cash?

Perhaps the long-term deal of Okafor's was seen as an anchor, but the investment in Iverson – who brings ticket and jersey sales for sure – might be considered a contract with excellent return on investment.

The Cats also have restricted free agent Raymond Felton on the roster whom they want to retain – once they get in the same neighborhood on dollars – plus second-year guard D.J. Augustin. The three of them – along with veteran Raja Bell – would make a solid group of guards.

Sheridan's piece also mentions Memphis, New York, Miami, and the L.A. Clippers as possibilities. Newsday's Alan Hahn, who covers the Knicks, followed up with a note on his own Twitter account saying New York is unlikely and he heard Iverson was likely going to end up in the Southeast Division.

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the best fit is Miami he can

the best fit is Miami he can play beside Wade, and Chalmers because of their defense i think if he goes their him Beasley and Wade would be an amazing combo and they would easily make the playoffs.

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Trade

OK. First off Iverson I think needs to get his but to Charlotte. Second, you reminded me that Rubio still hasn't been traded yet. I don't think it's like this in real life, but on this forum it's like waiting for Brett Favre to sign with the Vikings. Also, question for the amazing Spencerishawesome: Offence is spelled as the old British accent. Another common word spelled in the British language that differs from the slang American is theatre. Also known as a movie theater. The British simply developed the language first, not Americans. Though I am proud to be an American.

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Yeah, but it says Miami

Yeah, but it says Miami isn't as interested and lowered their offer due to the trade for Q-Richardson. Also, if Charlotte resings Felton I don't think they can play with Iverson and I already think they have dropped as a Playoff team getting rid of Emeka Okafor. lol. Rubio isn't going to be traded.

"The common question on Rubio is why doesn't he just borrow the cash and buy himself out, and the answer there is two part: Access to cash is not the issue, it's a willingness to tap into those funds to pay what Rubio's camp believes is an unfair price – over $8 million USD. The second part is that despite what could be in excess of $600,000 in endorsements, and $500,000 committed from the Timberwolves, Ricky would still be on the hook for roughly $7 million in debt, versus $5.6 million in guaranteed salary. The risk on the debt for Ricky is too great and no one wants a 19-year taking the floor playing tentative because of fear of injury. The earliest the Timberwolves can guarantee Ricky's third year is July 1st, 2010 and even a "wink-nod" would be considered a cap violation.

Sources close to the situation said again yesterday, if Joventut wants to make a deal, a deal can be done tomorrow. The belief is that $4 million USD gets it done today, it's up to Joventut to come back to the table. "

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Nice

Citruswow bringing in the education. I like that.

Anyways, I never thought of Iverson going to play for the Rockets. It's a great idea. I think Adelman can handle him, the team has plenty of veterans and plenty of guys that don't have to have the ball in their hands. A one year deal for that team doesn't sound like a bad idea because they are going to have a hard time scoring if they stay the way they are. Nice suggestion.

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I think he would do well in

I think he would do well in Houston.

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Finally!

Haha, last time I posted an idea of him to the Rockets, I got slammed by almost everyone

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I'd like to see him go to

I'd like to see him go to the Pacer's though I know Larry Bird wouldn't touch him

There are plenty of shots to go around between him and Granger, Murphy is the current 2nd option but he doesn't need a lot of shots.

On problem though is an Iverson/Ford starting line-up isn't going to scare anyone defensively.

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Great fit

I think AI in Houston would probably be the best fit for him right now. T-Mac and Yao are injured and he would give the Rockets a deadly scorer. I dont think that there is any arguing that if AI is starting and getting enough shots that he is still a 25ppg scorer

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he will score but defensivly

he will score but defensivly theres no way Brooks, or Iverson, can guard many shooting guards, maybe a one year deal but he cant stay longer or else when their healthy his lack of defense will hurt them.

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I expect Iverson to land in

I expect Iverson to land in Charlotte. And I expect him to take Ray Felton's money when he gets there.

Everybody talks about how the Bobcats don't have the minutes or the money because of Augustine, Felton, and Bell - but nobody ever mentions the fact that Felton hasn't signed a contract all summer long, even though there's absolutely no question he wants to be in Charlotte and Charlotte claims they want him there. I find that rather odd, especially since Charlotte hasn't exactly been subtle about the fact that Augustine is their preferred PG of the future.

So if you're Charlotte and you're faced with this dilemma, wouldn't it be easier to give that $5M to Iverson for two years, which gives Augustine enough time to develop into a legit starter, and just show Felton the door? Especially since the team is getting rid of long, expensive deals in order to be sold (and Felton is probably asking for $5-6m for 4-5 years).

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