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Ron!n
12-02-2009, 02:16 PM
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/12/02/iverson.signs.ap/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1


- Dust off the No. 3 jersey. Allen Iverson is with the 76ers again.

Team president Ed Stefanski announced the signing Wednesday on the team's Web site. Iverson is expected to make his debut Monday at home against the Denver Nuggets.

"In light of the recent injury to Lou Williams, which will sideline him for close to eight weeks, we felt that Allen was the best available free agent guard to help us at this time," Stefanski said in a release.

Williams, who averaged 17.4 points and 5.1 assists, broke his jaw in Philadelphia's loss to Washington on Nov. 24.

Iverson, his agent and business manager met with Stefanski, coach Eddie Jordan and two other members of the organization Monday.

The 34-year-old Iverson announced his retirement last week after an ill-fated stint with the Memphis Grizzlies. The 10-time All-Star was NBA MVP in 2001 when he led the Sixers to the NBA finals.

"We had, at times, a rocky road with Allen Iverson, but we also had a fantastic run with Allen," Peter Luukko, COO of Comcast-Spectacor, which owns the 76ers and Flyers, told The Associated Press. "The expectations with Allen have changed dramatically. We're not looking for Allen to individually lead this team the way he has in the past."

Iverson was offered a one-year, non-guaranteed contract Tuesday, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the talks were private.

The Sixers would owe just under $650,000 if they guarantee his contract for the remainder of the season on Jan. 10. Stefanski plans to talk about Iverson's return in a noon teleconference.

"The whole situation wasn't about the contract and the money," Iverson's agent, Leon Rose, told The AP. "It was about the opportunity and the chance to come to Philadelphia."

In 10 seasons with the Sixers, Iverson posted the highest scoring average in team history (28.1), was second on the points list (19,583) and holds the record for 3-pointers (877). He was a seven-time All-Star, won four scoring titles and two All-Star game MVPs.

The Sixers (5-13) have lost seven straight entering Wednesday night's game at Oklahoma City and need Iverson to spark sagging ticket sales and their playoff chances.

Luukko said Iverson's deal was "absolutely, strictly a basketball decision."

This reconciliation was once thought foolish after their acrimonious split three years ago. Iverson's last game with Philadelphia was Dec. 6, 2006 in Chicago. He refused to play the fourth quarter and was banished from the team two days later. He was eventually traded to Denver as part of the Andre Miller deal, and bounced to Detroit before landing in Memphis.

"Certainly, the way it left off, it's surprising," Luukko said.

Rose said he wasn't surprised both sides put their bitter parting behind them.

"It was a good situation that made sense for them," Rose said. "Allen has always had an affinity for the city of Philadelphia, the fans, the memories of playing here. He's always talked about the opportunity to come back. Now is the time where it really makes sense for everybody."

The 6-foot Iverson played three games this season with Memphis before taking a leave of absence to attend to personal matters. He was waived after the two sides agreed to part ways.

The New York Knicks considered signing Iverson after he cleared waivers, before deciding he would take too much playing time from younger players they are trying to develop.

He will likely start for the Sixers with Williams out. Iverson's refusal to come off the bench ended his time in Detroit and Memphis on a sour note.

Iverson would get another look at his former teams after playing Denver. The Sixers, who have not won a playoff series since 2003, play at home Dec. 9 against Detroit.

Iverson was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft, but his 10 turbulent seasons in Philadelphia were marred by his rants about practice, run-ins with former coach Larry Brown, arrests and a failed rap career.

Iverson often arrived late for practices or missed them entirely. In one infamous blowup at the end of the 2002 season, he repeated the word "practice" nearly 20 times during a rambling monologue.

"Times change, situations change," Luukko said. "The best way was to make this a basketball decision. Don't get personal with it."

Iverson has a career average of 27 points in 889 games over 14 seasons. He is tied for the fifth-highest scoring average in NBA history and ranks third among active players.

Iverson has played in 71 playoff games and has the second-highest postseason scoring average (29.7 ppg) in NBA history, trailing only Michael Jordan (33.4 ppg).

J4KOP99
12-02-2009, 02:20 PM
Hopefully he ends his career on the right note. As much as the man has screwed up over his career, he deserves to go out in a good way. Philadelphia is where he became a great player and it is fitting he get's to go back there.


With the addition of Iverson, I think Philadelphia is a solid playoff team.

Becks2307
12-02-2009, 03:00 PM
could u imagine. Iverson leads philly to the east title after dropping 50 vs the Celtics in game 7 of the conf finals. Then goes into game one in staples and drops another 50 hitting a fadeaway 3 and walking over a dejected Shannon Brown laying on the floor.

ayuntalo
12-02-2009, 04:24 PM
im glad he is back where he belongs..

i hope that iverson will be iverson..
he does not need to be a pass first point guard...he never was..
i think 76ers can be good...even with the return of lou williams..
they can play high octane offense..
with dalambert, iverson, iguadala, and brand they can create easy opportunities thru blocks and interceptions..

they got a lot of players who can run like, holliday, speights and young..
almost all of them likes to run with the exception of brand..
but i think they will be able to utilize brand when good defensive teams slows them up..

JDizzle
12-02-2009, 04:51 PM
Yah yah

randomness
12-02-2009, 05:05 PM
Finally, we get to see him play! and I still have my Iverson jersey :)

Unec
12-02-2009, 05:21 PM
Welcome back ai

ko8e24
12-02-2009, 05:21 PM
good for iverson, good for the sixers, and good for the nba in general :clap:

bigvdebo86
12-02-2009, 05:24 PM
i still got my iverson jersey too

Kohaku
12-02-2009, 05:27 PM
Practice...we're talkin' about practice??

I see this coming again...

Kakaroach
12-02-2009, 05:58 PM
Good for him, lets hope he helps them somewhat and makes Philly his home once more.

B.JenningsMVP
12-02-2009, 06:07 PM
Oh yea!!

Sucks for Jrue Holiday tho.. he would've gotten a lotta PT

bigsams50
12-02-2009, 06:39 PM
Glad to see AI back in Philly

Highlight
12-02-2009, 06:42 PM
Glad to see AI back in Philly

Yep. I'm really happy for him. He's one hell of a player.

uptownfan
12-02-2009, 06:45 PM
I'm happy for AI. It would be a damn shame to see him retire like that.

ink
12-02-2009, 06:49 PM
We already have a thread on this.

http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=431127