It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye

By Jerald L. Hoover, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 8, 2009

Stephon Marbury and Allen Iverson NEW YORK (BASN) — The 1996 NBA Draft, aka the Kobe Bryant Draft, Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury went No. 1 and 4 respectively out of Georgetown and Georgia Tech.

Bryant went as a 17-year-old and out of high school was selected 13th overall to the Charlotte Hornets and was then traded to the L.A. Lakers where he still remains. >

Iverson was chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers and Marbury was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks and then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for another Big East alum, Ray Allen.

Bryant is still playing at an extremely high level. Matter-of-fact you can make an argument that Bryant; coming off his fourth NBA Championship (the last one without Shaq) is the very best in the sport.

One cannot say that about Iverson or Marbury who seem to always be linked in some sort of way. And at this stage in the NBA free agent game they may not even get a chance to prove that they’re still star quality players in the League.

The funny thing about it is it’s not as if they’re ‘ancient’ players or players that are in horrible shape despite their positive 30 years of age. But with basketball being a ‘team’ sport and neither player ever being mistaken for Bob Cousy in point guard acumen there doesn’t seem to be a place in the League for either of them; especially as starters.

It’s a sad commentary when Iverson and his camp are reaching out to the Los Angeles Clippers or Memphis Grizzlies for play. >Marbury on the other hand isn’t even getting a nibble, at least not publicly.

And with his 24 hour U-stream video where he broke down and cried, there doesn’t seem to be a team even willing to make an under the radar call. >There days as starters are definitely over, although you can’t count of the NY Knicks bringing in Iverson and having him start over Larry Hughes.

One thing seems to be for certain when you’re dealing with older players; you can always tell how well respected or well liked the player has been in their early years.

If you had to evaluate or guess between the two, one would think that Iverson would be suiting up well before Marbury. >But, judging from the way Iverson performed on and off the court in his short stint in Detroit after being traded from Denver for fan favorite Chauncey Billips he may have played his last game also.