Allen Iverson in Memphis

By Wesley Chism Jr., BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: October 18, 2009

SEATTLE (BASN) — By all accounts, I think that it’s pretty safe to say that Memphis Grizzlies guard Allen Iverson, has had a great NBA career. He didn’t disappoint the fans in Philadelphia when the organization selected as the No. 1 overall pick in 1996.

He was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1996-97.

Iverson was selected as the NBA MVP in 2001 and NBA All Star Game MVP in 2001, 2005.

He was also the NBA Scoring Champion in 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2005.

Those are just a few of his accomplishments and any athlete would be proud to have just one of those items with their name inscribed on it.

Yet with all of the accolades that have been bestowed upon A.I., nobody is going to miss him when he’s gone.

Memphis, Tennessee is his last shot at a title and let’s face it, that’s not going to happen this season.

How in the world are they going to work him into that system not to mention sharing the ball with Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo and Mike Connley?

Zach Randolph has been added to the mix this season too and you know that he’s got to get is touches.

The Grizzlies finished 24-58 last year, but there were times when you could see that they were just a couple of players away from putting something special together.

This year, they’ve got five rookies on their training camp roster. Former UConn standout Rudy Gay has the longest tenure with the organization (three years) and now you insert A.I. (13 seasons) as your veteran to lead the team.

I was not surprised one bit about the amount of time that it took for Iverson to sign with another team during the off season.

“The Answer” comes with a lot of baggage and can be a risk to team chemistry.

Quite frankly, I expected to see on YouTube doing a Stephon Marbury impression weeping for another opportunity to play in the league and a chance to prove his critics wrong.

Sure, there were talks about him playing in the Greek league and from what I hear he hasn’t completely closed the door on the idea of playing overseas… yadda, yadda yadda.

His performance with the Pistons last season was just enough to garner him a one-year deal with the Grizzlies.

The only question that I’m asking myself is what calamity is going to happen first.

There are no long term contracts in his future and I just don’t see A.I. tutoring or mentoring anyone to take his place on the roster.

Although that would be a great story but his past actions predicts his future and in this case and I just don’t see that happening.

So to all of you “die hard” Iverson fans out there you better look at this upcoming season as his goodbye tour.

It’s been a good run and he has left us with some great clips and quotes “practice, we talking about practice?”

This great talent will end his NBA career the complete opposite from which he entered. Quite and alone without anyone even noticing.