Tag: Denver Nuggets
Allen Iverson scored 17 points as the Sixers beat his former team the Denver Nuggets. It was Iverson’s third win against the team that traded him to Detroit three games into the 2008-09 season, and two of those have come in Denver.
“It’s great to come back,” said Iverson, who led the 76ers in scoring for the first time since re-signing Dec. 2. “The fans still have love for me.”
Coach Eddie Jordan said Iverson will start Monday night and may start the rest of the season for the struggling Sixers. Iverson will play his first game with Philadelphia since 2006.
“I feel like I am home,” Iverson said at shootaround. “Just seeing people I’m accustomed to seeing, seeing the reporters, seeing some of the fans when I go out to eat. Just the smell of Philadelphia when I go outside.”
Iverson’s not sure how many minutes he can play because of his limited basketball activity over the past year. His stint in Detroit was cut short with a back injury and he played only three games for Memphis this season.
Iverson said he has some concerns about playing in game condition.
“If I can’t get my scoring on like I want to, I just want to do other things on the basketball court that will help us win,” Iverson said.
The Sixers have lost nine straight games and hope Iverson can lead them back into the win column. He’ll play against Denver, one of three teams he played for after leaving Philadelphia.
According to a press release on the team’s site, Iverson is likely to make his return in a Sixers uniform on Monday night against the Nuggets, another one of Iverson’s recent teams.
Iverson is a 10-time All-Star and two-time All-Star Game MVP. He was traded by Philadelphia to Denver along with Ivan McFarlin in exchange for Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two future first round picks on Dec. 19, 2006. After just over a season and a half with the Nuggets, Iverson was traded to Detroit on Nov. 3, 2008.