Allen Iverson just finished an exhibition game between the Ducks and a US team of NBA players on Thursday in Shenzhen. The US team won 119-109. Iverson, a former NBA MVP, was asked if he was considering joining the CBA. “Why not?” he said.
Source: China Daily
But apparently, Iverson needs to work at his fitness:
Brendan Suhr, the visiting US team’s head coach, said the 36-year-old, dubbed ”The Answer”,needs more practice to prepare for competition in the CBA.
“He has not played for a year against anyone with that ability, so he’s not that good right now,”Suhr said of Iverson’s current status after leading the US squad to a 119-109 over the Ducks inthe team’s third game in Shenzhen on Thursday.
“It’s very hard (for him) to all of the sudden play against tremendous competition like the Ducks presented. I think he’s going to get better and when he makes shots he will get more confident.
But Marbury is an example:
However, a lot of sweat and pain could make a big difference, as Marbury has shown.
To get ready for his time in the CBA, Marbury said he got into the best shape of his career witha tough training regimen last summer.
The Ducks’ head coach, Min Lulei, believes Iverson could make an impact here as well, as longas he takes the China adventure as seriously as his countryman.
The hot topic question of the Sixers these days is Will Allen Iverson return to the Sixers? Tonight’s game against the Orlando Magic at the Wachovia Center had been considered a target date for his return. Iverson, however, did not attend yesterday’s practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
It is unclear when or even if he will return to a Sixers team that is struggling at 22-36. Last week, Iverson left the team for the second time this season to be with his 4-year-old daughter, who is suffering an undisclosed illness.
“I’m sure we will have some discussions in the next day or two about it,” Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said yesterday of Iverson’s status with the team. “Maybe I will talk to [Sixers general manager] Ed [Stefanski] a little bit today and certainly tomorrow while we are in the office.”
Jordan said Stefanski has talked with Iverson, the player’s business manager, and Leon Rose, Iverson’s agent.
Allen Iverson thinks that the Philadelpha 76ers have a chance to make it to the playoffs. Iverson and the Sixers have 29 games left on their regular-season schedule, and they need to go 21-8 to finish at .500 and possibly put themselves in contention for a playoff berth.
“Obviously, you’re playing for your pride and you should just want to win,” Sixers guard Allen Iverson said yesterday after practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “We don’t feel like it’s out of reach.”
Coach Eddie Jordan said Iverson would be back in the starting lineup tonight, after bringing the 14-year veteran off the bench for Tuesday’s game against Miami, a demoralizing 105-78 loss.
The countdown to the playoffs begin tonight agains the San Antonio Spurs. Iverson will have to match up against Tony Parker. Should be a good one.
Allen Iverson returned to the Sixers line-up after missing five games to help care for his ill daughter, Messiah. Unfortunately, it was not enough as Sixers lose badly to Dwayne Wade and the Heat.
“They killed us in every facet of the game,” Iverson said. “They played so much better than us. We can’t play defense the way we played tonight and expect to win basketball games.”
Iverson came off the bench this game, but Coach Eddie Jordan expects to re-insert AI back into the starting line-up soon.
“With the magnitude of the whole thing, being in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for the biggest crowd to watch a basketball game [more than 108,000], in my heart I wanted to be there,” Iverson said after rejoining the 76ers for last night’s first post-All-Star practice.
Iverson returned to practice Monday for the first time since Feb. 2. Iverson was voted an Eastern Conference All-Starter, but skipped Sunday’s game to spend additional time with his family. He says doctors are still not sure what is ailing his 4-year-old daughter, Messiah.
“It was tough to leave her and my wife and kids,” Iverson said. “But I do have a commitment and an obligation to be with my team and to do my job. But it is rough. I think this is the only thing I do in life where for a couple hours during the game I don’t think about nothing but (basketball).”
Coach Eddie Jordan says he has not decided if Iverson will start against the Heat.
Iverson said it was tough to miss the All-Star game, won by the East in front of a record 108,713 at Cowboys Stadium.
“In my heart, I wanted to be there,” he said. “I wanted my daughter and my kids to see me be there. I wanted my wife to have the opportunity to see something like that. I just think the bigger responsibility was to be with my daughter at that time.”
Iverson had been in Atlanta with his family. He refused to disclose his daughter’s illness, but said she will soon be treated at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.
“I can tell she’s getting better. Once we got home, she did a lot of running around, but physical things, with her hands and her feet, I can tell something’s wrong,” Iverson said. “She’s energetic and everything.”
Philadelphia (8-22) shot 75 percent during the third quarter and made 26 of 40 shots after halftime as the Sixers wiped out Portland’s 10-point lead in the third quarter.
The return of Iverson appeared to give Philadelphia a boost. Iverson’s first game since Dec. 16 wasn’t easy for the 34-year-old guard.
“Once I got my second wind I was all right. The first couple minutes I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest,” said Iverson, who in 31 minutes also handed out five assists and collected four rebounds.
Philadelphia lost three of four games with Iverson sidelined.
“Having Allen back helps. He’s a finisher. He can get to the line and get the ball to guy at the right time. We’ve missed that,” Brand said.
Allen Iverson’s line: 19Pts, 5Ast, 4Reb, 31Min
Report by the Oregonian: Allen Iverson spent about 20 extra minutes working out after the 76ers’ shootaround this morning, trying to get himself ready for tonight’s game against the Blazers.
“I feel a little better, just a little winded as expected,” Iverson said.
With Philadelphia coach Eddie Jordan feeding him passes and watching him intently, Iverson ran through a series of jump shots, lay ups, cuts and lateral movement drills to work his sore left knee.
“I’m ready to go as far as the knee is concerned,” Iverson said. “I’ll be ready to play tonight.”
Iverson said he didn’t know if he would start, but he didn’t seem too concerned about starting or coming off the bench.
“I feel like I can start, but it don’t matter,” Iverson said. “Whatever he asks me to do, that’s what I’ll do.”
Iverson had missed the 76ers’ previous four games after the knee started swelling and was drained three times two weeks ago. Iverson said the knee is better, but his legs need more work.
“We’ll just have to see how it goes playing in limited spurts and see what happens,” Iverson said. “Just the fact that I’m trying to get my legs back up under me, that’s the toughest part. Coming back the way I did.”
Good news is that Allen Iverson is scheduled to come back on Monday in Portland. He has been resting his arthritic knee for what will be four games. It will be interesting to see who Jordan starts in the backcourt then.
With a last minute tip in, Sixers snapped another streak. Days after snapping their own 12-game skid, the 76ers ended Boston’s run at 11 wins, beating the first-place Celtics 98-97 on Friday night on Elton Brand’s tip-in with 7.7 seconds left.
They had won only once in their previous 14 games and they were without newly acquired Allen Iverson, who has arthritis in his left knee and had it drained twice this week.
Hopefully AI returns to action against the Clippers. Report say that he he may – or may not – play tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers.
But he’s not willing to do so if it requires him to be medicated for the pain that he knows he’ll continue to experience in his back.
“That’s what I don’t want to do,” Iverson said of being medicated for the pain. “As bad as I want to get out there on the court, I just want to do what’s right for me. I don’t want to go out there and feel good while I’m out there, and feel awful when the game is over and not heal at all.”
Iverson, who hasn’t played since Feb. 25 at New Orleans, said his conditioning needs a lot of work.
“(Friday) I played 12 minute half court, and I felt like I was going to die,” Iverson said. “I’m just looking forward to getting some run in.”
However, Iverson’s conditioning won’t be as big an issue because he will be coming off the bench now, which Curry said on Saturday will to some degree limit his minutes.