the thing you have to understand is that a guy like Oakley who was never a star and never had anything given to him and had to bust his ass just to stay in the league is gonna see things differently then a guy like AI who was always told he was the best and he did not have to ever work hard for basketball. It's two different views on things. Iverson can still ball though, so Oakley saying he should be out the league is wrong. But I don't see it ending well for AI. It looks like the sixers will miss the playoffs and they will probably not bring him back next year. So hopefully Iverson is just playing for the love of the game and for himself and not his image or what people say about him.
Regardless of the comments made by Oakley...
Saying that Allen Iverson didn't have to ever work hard for basketball is complete crap. The man had to work his ass off to get to where he is, but in a different way than players like Oakley. Iverson has incredible talent, but that alone didn't take him to the NBA. The countless hours Iverson would have had to put in the gym while at High School and Georgetown is what paved his way to the NBA.
Oakley wasn't blessed with the talent that Iverson posses, hence why his role as a NBA player was completely different than Iverson's. But both had to work incredibly hard to get where they did, even if one had the talent to make the journey a slight bit easier.
yeah i cant really say that about iverson since he has had to overcome alot to be as good as he is and always gives it all on the court
no question iverson worked to get where he is, but by nba standards he did not work hard at all. I read about when they did mandatory team weight lifting sessions he would lock himself in the bathroom and eat food and not touch weights. He said it was true because he didn't need weights. We all know about his practice habits, and no it was not just that one rant he went on. It was widely known he didn't take practice seriously. The game came easy to him compared to 99% of nba players, so if you think he was working hard but all the reports and coaches and even himself says different, then I guess we disagree.
I agree with Oakley. Iverson's a punka$$ crybaby who can't accept that he's past his prime and has forced himself into - and out of - several situations because they didn't fit what HE wanted. If he wasn't a one of a kind talent he woulda been living on welfare or in county. He's setting a really sh!tty example for all of the kids - including his own - that look up to him and want to follow his lead.
I agree with Oak. He was a man's man when he played. Dont get me wrong I'm a big Iverson guy maybe the biggest. But c'mon man you signed with the Grizzlies, you could have sign with any number of contenders recvd the full mle, and you have the nerve to go all gator tears at the presser. Man Al I think you owe us more than that.