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It was another chance for Allen Iverson to play against his former team, this time it was the Detroit Pistons. Unfortunately, Sixers came close but not not enough for a win as they fall to the Pistons and lose their 11th straight.
“It’s gonna get better,” Allen Iverson said, after his second start since returning to the team. “This is one of those times you find out what kind of character you have, especially as men but as basketball players as well. You find out how much you trust your teammates, how much you believe in them. It’s easy to feel good when everything is going right. It’s easy to not point fingers, but when things are going wrong, you buckle down and trust each other and believe in each other. You go out there and go hard and do things for your teammates, and then when things are going well, you realize that’s how you got to that point.”
According to Garry Moore, the Detroit Pistons weren’t exactly truthful with his client last season: ‘He went there, and he couldn’t really trust what people had told him,’ said Gary Moore, Iverson’s business manager and grade-school football coach. ‘People in Detroit weren’t very truthful with him.’ According to Moore, Iverson had been told that he would be the leader of the team when he arrived, and that was not what played out. The players were upset that the front office had traded away Chauncey Billups, Moore said. Iverson was persona non grata before he even showed up. ‘Allen couldn’t do anything about that,’ Moore said. ‘When you lie to him, that affects him.”‘
His tenure as a Piston officially came to an end Wednesday, when he became an unrestricted free agent. The Pistons did not make him an offer, which surprised no one.
There also have reports that Miami has interest. Wherever he ends up, it will be his fourth team in four seasons, and he will take a huge pay cut, possibly getting $5 million or less. But he said he didn’t care about the money, he just wanted to enjoy basketball again.
“I just want to go somewhere,” Iverson said, “I can be happy to go to practice every day.”
Iverson, 34, remains in the Detroit area tying up loose ends (like waiting for his kids to finish summer school) and contemplating the next step of a journey that began as phenom in Hampton, Va., in the early ’90s and will end when he is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame five years after he hangs up his sneakers.
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