Philadelphia’s wayward son is back home now that the 76ers have signed him to a remainder-of-the-season contract. Iverson is expected to make his second Philadelphia debut on Monday. Until then, let’s hope he’s ready for some practice. It’s oddly fitting then, seeing how Iverson is back on a team that uses numbers for their mascot, that there are some eerie number combinations in play in relation to his time with the team. Henry Abbot has more:
Your Allen Iverson numerology update: Iverson last played for Sixers on December 6 (2006). On December 8, the Sixers said they were going to trade him. Now it looks like he’ll return on that day in the middle, December 7.
Spooky stuff. Of course, the only numbers the 76ers’ front office is concerned with is wins. And ticket sales. With that in mind, does Iverson’s return improve them or will it make players like Andre Iguodala take a back seat to Iverson’s method of demanding the ball?
The fans will, in all likelihood, turn out in support of AI, but will he make the Sixers a better team? Not everyone thinks so.
Thanks to some weekend birthday celebrations, I didn’t see much sports action these past couple of days. That’s why I’m thankful the greatness that is Ball Don’t Lie for providing a highlight of Allen Iverson’s full court bounce pass to Rip Hamilton.
Based on Iverson’s one-handed throw, it’s easy to see why the hype about his high school quarterbacking was so high. Some say he was better at football than he was at basketball.
Welcome to Motown, Allen. I’m not really sure where you fit with this team, but if the move was made strictly for salary cap issues, then it’s understandable. If not, who knows. If Joe Dumars and Michael Curry expect the shooting-guard-trapped-in-a-point-guard’s-body to run the team, maybe they haven’t been paying attention. Iverson will certainly shoot the ball, although I’m not sure if he’ll make Rip, Tayshaun, Rasheed and the others better players.
As for Denver, it’s just about a flip-flop: the move makes sense on the court, but it doesn’t when it comes to salary management. Having a true point guard like Chauncey Billups with scorers like Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith should make the offense run smoother, although, I’m not sure if Denver is going to stop any of their opponents from scoring.