Archive for April, 2009
Detroit Free Press: “The Internet was ablaze Tuesday with a rumor claiming that Allen Iverson recently had been banned from MGM and Greektown casinos. However, Greektown casino spokesman Riley Meredith said Iverson has not been banned from the casino, nor did he know if Iverson has ever been warned about improper behavior at the casino. And MGM Grand Detroit spokesman Jamaine Dickens also said Iverson has not been banned from that casino and added he is unaware of any behavior problems involving the athlete at MGM Grand.”
Larry Brown has heard all the speculation. He’s heard everything, from people saying Allen Iverson won’t draw a lot of interest as a free agent this summer to Iverson’s best bet might be to reunite with Brown in Charlotte.
Brown, speaking before his Bobcats lost to the Pistons on Sunday, said he wouldn’t bet on either scenario.
“There will definitely be a lot of interest in him,” Brown said. “It’s not a time for me, but Allen is a special guy. He’s going to compete every night and try to win. I hope things work out for him.”
“I am just disappointed,” Brown said of the failed Iverson project in Detroit. “I feel bad for Allen because I remember how excited he was (when the trade happened) and how he thought this was going to be his chance to win a championship.”
The Pistons shut Iverson down for the rest of the season and playoffs on Friday.
Michael Curry, coach the of Detroit Pistons, believes Allen Iverson can still be a starting player in the NBA, but according to the Philly.com Curry is glad to know it won’t be in the Motor City.
Iverson, who had missed a stretch of 16 games with a sore back, came off the bench for three games before — ostensibly because of the injury — Detroit sidelined him for the rest of the season, Philly.com reported.
“He’s still a starter in this league,” Curry said. “He’s still going to have success in this league. He’s probably going to have to, once again, adapt a little bit . . . because I’m not sure how many teams will be centered around him.”
Allen Iverson’s season is over.
The Detroit Pistons said Friday the All-Star guard will miss the rest of the season—and the playoffs if they make it—because of a sore back.
“After talking with Allen and our medical staff, we feel that resting Allen for the remainder of the season is the best course of action at this time,” Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said in a statement released by the team. “While he has played in our last three games, he is still feeling some discomfort and getting him physically ready to compete at the level he is accustomed to playing this late in the season does not seem possible at this point.”
Iverson returned to action this past weekend after missing 16 games with a back injury, and coach Michael Curry has used him off the bench the last three games.
Iverson complained about his minutes on Tuesday after playing 18 against Cleveland. He admitted that he does not like the new role after playing 17 in a 111-98 loss to the Nets on Wednesday.
“I’m in a position now that I’ve never been in my whole life,” Iverson said. “It’s harder than I thought it would be. With the back injury, I have to sit out at the start, then go in, then sit again. It’s tough to really get going. I take my hat off to the guys who can come off the bench and be effective. It’s tough for me. I’m struggling with it.”
Allen Iverson is unhappy coming off the bench for the Detroit Pistons — it took two whole games for the veteran guard to fume over his new role, the Detroit News reported.
“How many minutes did I play?” Iverson said after he scored 11 with three turnovers in 18 minutes against the Cavaliers Tuesday night. “It seemed way, way, way less than that. Eighteen minutes? Come on, man. I can play 18 minutes with my eyes closed. It’s a bad feeling, man. I’m wondering what they rushed me to get back for? For that? It’s a bad time for me mentally.
“I am just trying to get through it without starting a whole bunch of nonsense,” Iverson said, after initiating the conversation about his playing time. “I’m looking at the big picture. If I vent my frustration then it’s like, given who I am, I’ll be the one everybody points the finger at. I am just going to try to laugh to stop from crying.”
Source: Detroit News