Archive for September, 2010
It appears that Allen Iverson has turned down a deal offered by a team in Foshan, China. ESPN is reporting that Beijing Youth Daily said that Iverson was offered a deal that would be the equivalent to $4 million.
It sounds like Iverson would still prefer to stay and wait for a NBA team to call him, rather than take the easy money and re-locate to China.
Was this a good decision? What do you think?
The latest news to surface is that Allen Iverson’s chance of playing in China is looking less likely. The negotiations apparently aren’t going anywhere. According to a source from the Chinese team Foshan, the financial terms could not be agreed with the 35-year-old guard.
It seems that Allen Iverson will remain as a free agent at the moment, potentially hoping for an NBA team to sign him. This could be good news for the majority of Allen Iverson fans, except of course for his fans in China.
Check out this video of the last time Allen Iverson toured China as part of the Reebok “I Am What I Am” Tour back in 2005:
AI’s quote on China: “Didn’t know I had this much of fanbase here. I’m really excited about it”
There have been rumours that Allen Iverson may be heading to China to continue his professional basketball career. The Hoops Market have reported that the 35-year old guard is in talks with Foshan (the new name of Shaanxi) for the next season, according to sources from the Chinese team.
Yahoo’s BDL author thinks that this may actually work out, consider Allen’s friend Stephon Marbury has had success in China:
Hey, if there’s a place that scoring guards can succeed both on the court and away from it, it’s China. As Stephon Marbury has shown us, Chinese basketball for super quick ball-handlers is all three-pointers, alley-hoops and shoe franchises. And if Stephon Marbury can be an outrageous success, then so can a lot of other people.
Allen Iverson’s manager, Gary Moore, has been disappointed that no NBA teams have called Allen Iverson:
“We’re very astonished, to say the least, that not one team has contacted us with any interest,” Moore said. “I just don’t understand it.”
Moore said Iverson is healthy and works out in Atlanta prepping for a comeback.
“I don’t think he’s done,” Moore said.
We certainly hope not. The next month and half should be interesting.
We’re about a month away from the start of the new season and everyone still wants to know where Allen Iverson will end up. Possible destinations have been circulating through the web: New York Knicks, Charlotte Bobcats, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers have all been mentioned.
Our last poll showed that 73% (2600 votes) thought Allen Iverson would join Lebron James, Dywane Wade and Chris Bosh in the Miami Heat, and 27% thought otherwise. The new poll will gauge which one of the above teams our viewers believe he will end up.
This author believes that AI’s legacy should drive his decision:
Ultimately, it all boils down to perception: which destination will be the most valuable for Iverson’s legacy, for how he will be viewed when he finally hangs up his sneakers? Pushing aside pride in favor of a championship — a very reasonably attainable goal in Miami, and not so much in other rebuilding spots like Charlotte, New York or New Jersey — would be the coup de grace, the absolute best thing for Allen Iverson’s career.