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Ok, this is startin' to annoy me...

"The Answer"

I've read three different stories on A.I already.
Slamonline
The Yahoo one
& ESPN one.
Then I go to the comments and it's just a bunch of people bashin' him! It's ridiculous and STUPID.
Pistons ruined this guy's career and now everyone like hates him. & I bet I know why...People didn't like his culture, his style he brought to the game. They been waitin' for him to fall and now that it's happened they are doing everything they can to make him look worse.
WHY IS HIS ROLE BEING REDUCED!?!? There are 'bout 5 LEGIT Contenders, the rest could use him no matter what they say! Who doesn't need more scoring, steals, & assists? This is ridiculous man.
Selfish? Ok...maybe, but he did carry his team and averaged over 7 assists numerous times.
Greatest Little Man to ever play the game. 5'11.
He brought his swagger (cornrows, tats, du rags, clothes, etc.) to the game and forced the NBA to change their rules (Pretty funny if you ask me) Also left us that funny interview.
He stayed true to his ways...but that sadly is the reason he's out.
Heck, he told everyone he'd retire before he comes off the bench & he did so.
His career average was like 27, maybe dropped 'cause the Pistons and Grizzles.
Broke plenty of Ankles!!! Crossover was sick! Big Heart! True Warrior, played through injuries plenty of times. Dude always said he only wanted to win to and individual accoplishments meant nothing.
Everyone around the league always said "Great Teammate, loved playing with him, Great Competitor"
2001 MVP. Finals Apperance
I believe it's 2 Time All-Star Game MVP
7 Time All NBA
10 Time All-Star.
League Leader in scorin' like what...4-5 times?
I'm going off the top of my head with all this.
I just don't know how people can hate him so much now? After everything he did for the NBA. He was a big star & fearless. Dude came in and challenged the G.O.A.T in his rookie year.
A.I = First Ballot Hall of Famer
Screw the Haters. I'm not gonna argue about it...Just lettin' my opinion be heard.
"I would like to announce my plans to retire from the National Basketball Association," Iverson said in a statement on StephanA.com, Smith Web site. "I always thought that when I left the game, it would be because I couldn't help my team the way that I was accustomed to. However, that is not the case.

"I still have tremendous love for the game, the desire to play, and a whole lot left in my tank. I feel strongly that I can still compete at the highest level."

OH & when the phones start ringin' for him again because someone needs a PG, Scorer, or someone gets injured I hope A.I hangs up on them. Not even kiddin'

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ricky rubio

ricky rubio was annoying me and you don't see me make a statement about him

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Well man...

It's a good thing I'm not you.
I expressed myself.

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Completely disagree

You can see in his retirement statement alone why nobody wants to sign him at the moment. "I always thought that when I left the game, it would be because I couldn't help my team the way that I was accustomed to. However, that is not the case."
This means he thinks he's still as good as he once was. We know that's not true. Nothing is ever his fault, and he never takes responsibility for anything. "Practice" is how people get better, even him. You say players say they loved playing with him. I've heard plenty of his teammates say they didn't like playing with him, John Salmons comes to mind. He had issues with coaches, he didn't make good teammates better he just took over so he had to be surrounded by role players. He hasn't shown he can coexist with other stars which is why nobody is telling their GM to go get this guy. KG, LBJ or any other franchise players could say "hey go get this guy" and he'd be signed.
He stayed true to who he is so you can respect him as a man but how do you not understand why teams would pass on him? There are negatives with having an ego and so much pride. The Pistons/Nuggets trade where the team he was on got better once he left and the team he went to got worse was proof to a lot of people that getting AI isn't the ANSWER.

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how many superstars will or

how many superstars will or have accepted coming off the bench behind a player that they were better than?

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There have always been cases

There have always been cases where a bench player is better than the player starting over him. Its called being a spark off the bench. Plus, the Grizzlies are a young squad, I never understood why they signed Iverson in the first place.

Anyways, look at this past year, Antoine Wright was starting over Jason Terry. Dahntey Jones was starting over JR Smith. Its obvious who the better players are out of those pairs.

With that said, Iverson can still play in this league, but he has to change his attitude. He isn't a franchise player anymore and he will never be the go to guy. If he really wants to win he would accept a lesser role, but its obvious its all about him still.

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I agree

Completely agree, I'm not saying he shouldn't retire or that he's not better than some of the people still in the league. He def is talented, but all of the greats become a portion of what they were before they retire, even MJ in his Wiz days. If he's unwilling to accept that he's not a franchise player and needs to work in a system he should retire, my point was simply that you have to understand both sides, you should be able to see why some teams don't want the guy...He is one of the most exciting players in NBA history. A little guy that could take on an entire team. I remember his first game, came off the bench I think, maybe against the Spurs?? Anyway dude was a blur and only got faster over the next couple years. If you saw him live you couldn't follow him if you were to close. If you're a contending team with chemistry do you really want to risk signing him? I wouldn't. Take the Celtics or Lakers which would be the only teams I could maybe see him taking a backseat to. Could him and Kobe coexist? I think I like Gasol and Bynum getting touches with AI off the bench. Would he even do that? Yeah he's better than the starting PG but he's not an asset with everyone else they have on that team, and if you're the Celtics you have Rondo so no point in getting AI. That leaves garbage teams that want a guy to bring people to the games...we saw how that went...

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You can see in his retirement statement alone why nobody wants to sign him at the moment. "I always thought that when I left the game, it would be because I couldn't help my team the way that I was accustomed to. However, that is not the case."
This means he thinks he's still as good as he once was. We know that's not true. Nothing is ever his fault, and he never takes responsibility for anything. "Practice" is how people get better, even him. You say players say they loved playing with him. I've heard plenty of his teammates say they didn't like playing with him, John Salmons comes to mind. He had issues with coaches, he didn't make good teammates better he just took over so he had to be surrounded by role players. He hasn't shown he can coexist with other stars which is why nobody is telling their GM to go get this guy. KG, LBJ or any other franchise players could say "hey go get this guy" and he'd be signed.
He stayed true to who he is so you can respect him as a man but how do you not understand why teams would pass on him? There are negatives with having an ego and so much pride. The Pistons/Nuggets trade where the team he was on got better once he left and the team he went to got worse was proof to a lot of people that getting AI isn't the ANSWER.

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first off you do know that people do indeed retire when they can't help their team the way they want to right?
Secondly you hurt your arguement when you mentioned John Salmons, Salmons is selfish not A.I., If I remember correctly Salmons wouldn't be happy on any team unless he started, and Iverson is lightyears beyond Slamons from a basketball standpoint even now. Also can you give a good explaination to how A.I. did not make teammates better or explain how he was selfish with something other than he scored 30 per.

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"first off you do know that people do indeed retire when they can't help their team the way they want to right?"
-Yes, but I have no clue what your point is. I never said he should retire, HE doesn't even think he should retire, he speaks as though he's being forced out of the league. My point was simply that it shouldn't be hard to understand why a contender wouldn't want him starting, so this sentence makes no sense to me at all.
If you don't think AI is a selfish player keep in mind he is a pg that averaged less than 5 assists from 98 to 2003 while never averaging above 42% shooting. When you have a guy as fast and skilled as AI he COULD/SHOULD have averaged over 8 assists per game for his career instead of 6.
You can say he didn't have any high scoring teammates and that is my point, he excelled offensively when he was not only the key but the only piece to the offense.You can also say he wasn't always playing pg, but he has always played lead guard so even if he didn't bring the ball over the half court line the offense always ran through him.

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Please dont say Iverson cant

Please dont say Iverson cant play in the league or has lost a step...Because he hasnt!!! I can name 12 teams that he could start for..Iverson's cockiness wore out his welcome...That brass attitude is whut helped him become great..

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for one the pistons did not ruin his career he ruined his career he is by far the most selfish egotistical player ever when he came to detroit he said i just want to win a championship no matter what last time i check that means coming of the bench and if he didnt like playing in detroit he should have just did what stephon marbury did and sat on the bench and get paid he tainted his legacy with that run and not wanting to come off the bench he could have won a championship plenty of teams would have took him if he would come off the bench so he needs to quit whining and man up to his actions

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Ok, I said I wasn't really

Ok, I said I wasn't really going to debate on this 'cause there is no changin' my mind on how I feel about this whole thing, but...Honestly, what team before the Pistons would've asked him to come off the bench? Like seriously...

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