Tag: First Game Back
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.
“I’m thrilled,” said Brown, who coached Iverson and the 76ers for six seasons. “I think it’s a great thing …
“You know, he still can play, and he’s in an environment where they love him,” he said before the Bobcats played the Nets last night. “I don’t think there’s any athlete in Philly more loved than him.”
Iverson agreed Wednesday to a prorated amount of the $1.3 million veteran’s minimum one-season salary. The 6-foot guard will make his debut Monday night against the Denver Nuggets at the Wachovia Center.
“You know, I spoke to him when he retired,” Brown said. “It was just to keep people off his back and not have to answer that question. He’s been really, really troubled by this whole thing. And now it’s all behind him.”
Iverson’s return on Monday is surely to be in front of a sell-out crowd at the Wachovia Center. Stay tuned for the latest!
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.