Matt on 11 11, 2009
Gotta love how when free agents sign with new teams in the offseason, it becomes a honeymoon. Then the divorce happens. You naturally expect a certain period of time in between. Not with Allen Iverson. Here are some of the things he said when he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies in September:
“This year for me is so personal,”
“It’s basically going to be my rookie season again. It hurts, but I turn the TV on, I read the paper, I listen to some of the things people say about me having the season that I had last year and me losing a step, things like that. They’re trying to put me in a rocking chair already.”
“This guy has many years of basketball left in him … and he is eager. He expressed it to us to get going with the task of helping our team reach a whole other level of success,” Chris Wallace said.
Iverson even said he wants to “be a coach on the floor.”
Uh huh. So much for that. I think Iverson has done the quickest 180 in the history of sports.
After barely breaking a sweat in Memphis, Iverson is now on a “leave of absence”, apparently because he didn’t want to come off the bench. Now he’s contemplating retirement.
Allen, couldn’t you at least pretended to enjoy coming off the bench for maybe half a season? You’re going to bail on your squad after 3 games? What a joke.
Maybe you don’t understand how gravy your job is. You’re still getting paid millions of dollars to play basketball. Sure, you can’t shoot 85 times every night like you did in Philly, but you’ve still got a cushy gig.
Way to impress the youngsters, Allen! O.J. Mayo must be wiser. Mike Conley is definitely now savvier. Marc Gasol must revere you.
Sure, you’re going to the hall of fame. I can even say I enjoyed watching you play, a long time ago. Now, people might just remember you as being a selfish idiot.
I’m going out on a limb and saying Memphis won’t be retiring your number.