Posts Tagged ‘Gary Moore’

A.I. On Istanbul Express?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The response was overwhelming last month when we asked if Allen Iverson should head to China to continue his playing career, wait for some NBA team to call or hang up his Reeboks and call it a career.

Nearly 50 percent of the 17,000-plus votes cast were in favor of A.I. waiting for a call from some team in the NBA.

But now comes word, through his business manager to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, that A.I. could be headed for Turkey.

[Iverson] is moving closer to an agreement with Turkish team Besiktas on a one-year contract that could pay him as much as $2 million with bonuses, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

“We are in very serious negotiations with [Besiktas],” Iverson’s business manager Gary Moore told Yahoo! Sports. “Istanbul is beautiful from everything we’ve learned. It’s not that far from the U.S., and the competition is good which makes it all attractive. Allen wants to play basketball.”

We’re going to take a stab here and guess that many of you A.I. loyalists are not terribly fond of him playing out his career anywhere other than the NBA.

But in the name of science (or not, depending on your point of view) we’ll open this door again:

A.I. Headed To China?

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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The silence speaks volumes about Allen Iverson‘s chances of ever wearing the jersey of any NBA team again.

Training camps open in less than two weeks and Iverson isn’t on anyone’s radar, according to his personal manager Gary Moore, who told the Associated Press:

“We’re very astonished, to say the least, that not one team has contacted us with any interest. I just don’t understand it … “What has Allen Iverson done to not warrant interest in him?”

Really?

The past few years — Denver, Detroit, Memphis and finally a return to Philadelphia, plus the off court drama — should provide all the context anyone needs when trying to figure out why there is so little interest in Iverson from NBA teams.

So now Iverson’s considering offers to play in China, where he’d join fellow NBA cast off Stephon Marbury in the professional ranks. Loyal fans of both players seem stunned at the lack of interest in either of these former NBA stars.

But it’s easy to understand from here.

Their time has passed in the NBA.

Fellas, it’s over.

There’s a new crop of young and dynamic point guards on the scene.

And if neither Iverson nor Marbury is interested in playing the role of aging mentor/safety valve, they need to pursue those interests in China.

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