Boston Celtics Danny Ainge Does Not Have An Answer In Allen Iverson

The once a year Allen Iverson to the Boston Celtics rumor is in full swing right now. According to Mr. Iverson’s agent, he is very attracted to the idea of playing in Boston. Allen loves the class organization run by Danny AInge and Doc Rivers and the great veteran cast. The former scoring champion even professed his desire to accept a bench role in Boston. The fact this once proud warrior has finally accepted the fact that he is no longer the player that he once was and swallowed his humble pie is proof that everyone is humbled in this great game. Many Celtics media circles are championing this move. Iverson could be the man to give Boston some scoring punch off the bench. However, I am here to set the record straight and make it crystal clear that Iverson is not “The Answer” in Boston.
The surface of this signing looks great. Iverson is a former scoring machine that still has some life in his body to bring some scoring punch. His jump shot by all accounts is still lethal. The problem is Iverson is not the same scorer that he once was. The years of pounding on his small frame have really taken a bit out his game. Iverson no longer can drive the way that he used to. Getting open for his shot is just not as easy for the future hall of famer.
Scoring is not event he biggest issue. Iverson’s biggest problem is he is not a great defender. Even if he lights it up off the bench, the Celtics will be hard pressed to hide him on the defensive end. Allen just does not have the size to defend at the NBA level. His age has slowed him down and he can no longer use his speed to compensate for his lack of size. I also believe that he could have issues in the tough Boston defensive help schemes.

Iverson is not the answer. Their own free agent Delonte West is the right answer. West is a great defender that can guard both shooting guards and point guards. He also has a solid offensive game that includes a mid range shot, a long range shot, a post game, and can score off the drive. West thrived during his brief stints on the court last season in between injuries. He has earned another opportunity next season to don the green. The Celtics will not sign them both and West is clearly the better fit. Remember Go Green Or Go Home!!!!!!!!!!

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  • D

    Boston should be so fortunate to acquire a player like Allen Iverson, for that matter any team would improve their roster with AI’s talent.
    There are so many young players in the league today who look lazy and bored on the court.Some of them take forever to get up & down the court. Yet, they are in the NBA, and Iverson is not.
    He plays with so much determination and energy, he’s fearless, hungry and creative even now.
    It amazes me that the NBA would enjoy all the attention, ticket sales and publicity Iverson brought for years and then reject him once he’s older. I’ve seen his legendary #3 jersey in so many arenas still and he would certainly sell tickets aside from all the talent he can offer.
    Boston or Miami should get him while they can!

    • http://BostonCelticsRantSports robnelson

      Boston and Miami will sell out regardless wit the star power already.He plays no defense and title teams need defensive guys as well as scoring. Delonte West is a better fit.

      • http://www.ontarget-graphics.com Sucka Free

        You are delusional, all that Iverson plays no D crap is LAME. That is just something that you can TRY to bring up to HATE on Iverson, and maybe it sounds good to non-ball players. Ray Allen plays no D, Steve Nash plays no D, Tony Parker PLAYS NO D, hell he doesn’t even try to play D, Mike Conley plays no D, Mike Bibby plays no D, Brandon Jennings, Stephan Currey, DJ Augustine and a slew of other starting point guards in the NBA play much worse defense than Allen Iverson, so what are you saying????????????????? Allen is a better defender than most point guards and some shooting guards. You can not lead the league in steals and not play D. And no it is not because he was fast. Brandon Jennings is fast and he will never lead the league in steals. You know why… Because he doesn’t play defense!!!!!

        Yes, Iverson is a small player, he can not guard a Kobe Bryant anymore at his size, but neither can Ray Allen, JJ Barrea, Mario Chalmers, Mike Conley, Steve Nash etc, etc…

        Bottom Line ANY PLAYER of his caliber would be an addition to ANY team because of his SKILL Set. Allen Iverson is a Hall of FAME TALENT because of his skills Ball Handling, Passing, and Shooting ability are all Exceptional. And all that Iverson struggles to get his shot off crap only exist on hate blogging. Iverson is a proven scorer and skilled enough with the ball to always be able to get good shots and has always done so. He put up BIG Numbers on every team he played for.. Yes even in Detroit and Memphis!!!!

        Only problem Iverson ever had was not being one to lie down for BS. He should have started in Memphis and they would have went to the FINALS. Conley Mr. (14 for 49) was the only thing that held Memphis from making it to the Western Conference Finals. Z-Bo played lights out, Marc Gasol ruled the paint, OJ Mayo played Big on both ends of the floor, Tony Allen locked down every guard he faced and Mike Conley only made 14 out of the 49 wide open shots that OKC gave him so they could double on the other STELLAR players on the team. Had Iverson been given the proper respect as an ACCOMPLISHED VETERAN PLAYER like him deserved they would have easily made it passed OKC and Challenged Dallas to make it to the Finals. Plus Conley could have learned from one of the best and possibly learned enough to be a decent player one day. Iverson wanted to win a Championship, in Memphis and he ment it. As Long as Conley is there starter they will never get there, even OJ Mayo knows this. That is why he was not interested in coming of the bench to A COMPLETE BUMB of a player. YES I SAID BUMB!!!! it is obvious that Conley is in the bottom 5 starting point guards in the entire league. Iverson was right to not except that when he had all the pieces that could have made them a contender.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_14sbXWW2iQ

        That video is from one yr. ago after he left Memphis. Yes this game is not as good as some that Iverson had in the past, but it is better than Mike Conley, Mario Chalmers, and a hand full of other starting guards HAVE EVER HAD IN THERE ENTIRE CAREER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Against the eventual NBA CHAMpions from that year!!!!!!!

        If the Celtics are serious about winning then they better make that move if not then they can just play second fiddle to MIA and KG and Ray can retire with one ring, because they have no second string point guard, and Ray Allen is not the same player in the playoffs as he is in the regular season. If Miami is serious about winning than they should pick him up if not Mario Chalmers will NEVER be SKILLED enough to give solid point guard play in the BIG playoff games (Hell JJ Barrea made him look like a SCRUB) and the Championship runs through Dallas or LA and you can take that to the BANK!

        • http://BostonCelticsRantSports robnelson

          Seeing as how anybody could have picked up AI and did not should tell you something. Your comments about defense show that you are out of touch with AI Ray Allen and the importance of defense. AI was a solid hlp defender n the passing lanes in his prim. The guy the second time around in PHilly and in Memphis was not. I like AI, but he is no longer a great option for a team like Boston or Miami trying to win and the people paid a lot of money to run these teams agree with me. I love KG, but even I know that he is not the same player and neither is AI

          • http://www.ontarget-graphics.com Sucka Free

            So, you are saying that Allen Iverson is not a good on the ball defender?
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA0xPqjKGlQ
            He is not a better defender than Steve Nash??????????
            He is not a better defender than Tony Parker????????????
            He is not a better defender than Mario Chalmers????????
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WwY1XK7C7E
            All that he only plays the passing lane BS is something that started on a blog and some non-bball players believe it to be reality. Iverson gets steals because of the good ball pressure and his anticipation. Not only will he still a lazy pass, he will also take the ball from you if you are not a good ball handler

            Iverson is not in the NBA becasue of the way he handled the Memphis and Detroit situations, not because he is not a good player. You are out of touch if you do not understand that. And anyone that does not raise an eyebrow over the fact that on a team with AI, and Rip Hamilton the coach never even considers starting them together, but then when it happens by chance due to injury they both have 30 and he still puts Stuckey back in the starting lineup. That lets me know what there agenda was.

            Trust there is a reason Detroit never tried to start Iverson with Hamilton, and there is a bigger reason why even though he was out playing Conley by a long shot from day one the coach said no matter what you do you will never start here. It does not have anything to do with defense and a whole lot more to do with politics.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFn-4dUz2o8

            Looks a lot like what Tim Donaghy talked about in his book. The NBA officials had a plan to teach Allen Iverson a lesson, by purposefully not giving him calls and letting people knock him around and tucking there whistle, because they said there were tired of his defiance. Not only are those obvious fouls, but listen to the commentator he is telling you how they feel about him.

          • http://www.ontarget-graphics.com Sucka Free

            So, you are saying that Allen Iverson is not a good on the ball defender?
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA0xPqjKGlQ
            He is not a better defender than Steve Nash??????????
            He is not a better defender than Tony Parker????????????
            He is not a better defender than Mario Chalmers????????
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WwY1XK7C7E

            All that he only plays the passing lane BS is something that started on a blog and some non-bball players believe it to be reality. Iverson gets steals because of the good ball pressure and his anticipation. Not only will he still a lazy pass, he will also take the ball from you if you are not a good ball handler

            Iverson is not in the NBA becasue of the way he handled the Memphis and Detroit situations, not because he is not a good player. You are out of touch if you do not understand that. And anyone that does not raise an eyebrow over the fact that on a team with AI, and Rip Hamilton the coach never even considers starting them together, but then when it happens by chance due to injury they both have 30 and he still puts Stuckey back in the starting lineup. That lets me know what there agenda was.

            Trust there is a reason Detroit never tried to start Iverson with Hamilton, and there is a bigger reason why even though he was out playing Conley by a long shot from day one the coach said no matter what you do you will never start here. It does not have anything to do with defense and a whole lot more to do with politics.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFn-4dUz2o8

            Looks a lot like what Tim Donaghy talked about in his book. The NBA officials had a plan to teach Allen Iverson a lesson, by purposefully not giving him calls and letting people knock him around and tucking there whistle. Not only are those obvious fouls, but listen to the commentator he is telling you how they feel about him.

          • http://www.ontarget-graphics.com Sucka Free

            So, you are saying that Allen Iverson is not a good on the ball defender?
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA0xPqjKGlQ
            He is not a better defender than Steve Nash??????????
            He is not a better defender than Tony Parker????????????
            He is not a better defender than Mario Chalmers????????
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WwY1XK7C7E
            All that he only plays the passing lane BS is something that started on a blog and some non-bball players believe it to be reality. Iverson gets steals because of the good ball pressure and his anticipation. Not only will he still a lazy pass, he will also take the ball from you if you are not a good ball handler

            Iverson is not in the NBA becasue of the way he handled the Memphis and Detroit situations, not because he is not a good player. You are out of touch if you do not understand that. And anyone that does not raise an eyebrow over the fact that on a team with AI, and Rip Hamilton the coach never even considers starting them together, but then when it happens by chance due to injury they both have 30 and he still puts Stuckey back in the starting lineup. That lets me know what there agenda was.

            Trust there is a reason Detroit never tried to start Iverson with Hamilton, and there is a bigger reason why even though he was out playing Conley by a long shot from day one the coach said no matter what you do you will never start here. It does not have anything to do with defense and a whole lot more to do with politics.

            As far as the importance of Defense. I understand that to well. I am a ball player tell the day I die. I just don’t buy you saying AI is not a good defender. I actually watch all the NBA games. I already have my Lea

          • http://BostonCelticsRantSports robnelson

            Politics? You are dillusional. It is about wins and losses. A coach gets canned if they do not have more wins then losses. AI was a great player. He is not any more. He is just an O.K. scorer. As far as a great passer and facilator I am not seeing it. The man had high assist stats early on because he had the ball every time on offense. As far as a great defender, Larry Brown (who is a defensive genius) called him a so so defender. He is a HOF coach not a blogger. I am going with his word over yours. AI is not a better defender than eiherTony Parker or even Mario Chalmers for tha matter. They both have size and do pressure the ball a lot better than the ravaged AI. Nash is not a great defender, but is still one of the top players like Jason Kidd at running an offense. This is not politics or agendas. AI is a one dimentional player that great teams stay away from. Show few highlights on YOUTUBE and that does not show the rest of the game. If Ainge or Pat Riley felt that AI would bring them a ring, he woul already be on the roster.

    • http://www.ontarget-graphics.com Sucka Free

      You are delusional, all that Iverson plays no D crap is LAME. That is just something that you can TRY to bring up to HATE on Iverson, and maybe it sounds good to non-ball players. Ray Allen plays no D, Steve Nash plays no D, Tony Parker PLAYS NO D, hell he doesn’t even try to play D, Mike Conley plays no D, Mike Bibby plays no D, Brandon Jennings, Stephan Currey, DJ Augustine and a slew of other starting point guards in the NBA play much worse defense than Allen Iverson, because that is the culture of the GAME, so what are you saying????????????????? Allen is a better defender than most point guards and some shooting guards. You can not lead the league in steals and not play D.

      No Iverson can not go head to head with Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and the D Wades of the league at 36, but he is still a top talent. He is a MUCH Better player than Mario Chalmers, Mike Conley, Mike Bibby, Eric Maynor, and a whole handful of guards in the league today.

      Bottom Line ANY PLAYER of his caliber would be an addition to ANY team because of his SKILL Set. Allen Iverson is a Hall of FAME TALENT because of his skills Ball Handling, Passing, and Shooting ability are all Exceptional. And all that Iverson struggles to get his shot off crap only exist on hate blogging. Iverson is a proven scorer and skilled enough with the ball to always be able to get good shots and has always done so. He put up BIG Numbers on every team he played for.. Yes even in Detroit and Memphis!!!!

      If the Celtics are serious about winning then they better make that move if not then they can just play second fiddle to MIA and KG and Ray can retire with one ring, because they have no second string point guard, and Ray Allen is just as old as AI so he needs someone to play big minutes behind him. If Miami is serious about winning than they should pick him up, Mario Chalmers will NEVER be SKILLED enough to give solid point guard play in the BIG playoff games (Hell JJ Barrea made him look like a SCRUB)

      AI would be a good pick up for Boston, LA, MIA, or San Antonio, or Chicago but only if he is coming to get super sub minutes are to start. Who ever starts in front of AI has to be a exceptional player to justify getting any tick over a player like AI who is always going to perform at a high level and the best thing about getting AI is he really wants to win. Not just win a couple of games he wants to win it all and he is good enough to do so.

      Just for the record, MIA would have won it all and they had the right pieces but instead of picking up AI they gambled on a washed up Mike Bibby and he had the worse playoff performance of any starting point guard in NBA FINALS HISTORY!!!!!!!!

  • Serge

    This is a joke. Iverson should say that about Miami or the Bulls, and he will win a starting PG/SG spot in training camp on one of those 2 teams. Chalmers is NOT better then Iverson. AI has shown he can pass in all star gamed. The Heat are the closest to a all star team as it get’s. Bulls could have used AI scoring in the playoffs taken pressure of D Rose. Keith Boggans a starting SG averaged 4 points? Are you freaking kidding me? Only problem is AI is to small to guard 2 guards. Heck Fisher or Steve Blake over Iverson in LA is a joke. There are 3 title teams that he can start on. No offense, but as a Sixers fan I do NOT want him going to Boston. But if they actually do give him a chance I will cheer for them out of my respect for Iverson. I traveled to watch this guy play after he left Philly and was with Denver/DET. Boston would be lucky to land his talent even now at his age. Steve Nash 2 years older still playing great. And he plays less D then Iverson.

    • http://BostonCelticsRantSports robnelson

      I like Iverson. The AI from the past was one of the greatest players and warriors that I ever saw.. The current guy is just not the same player. Could he be an effective scorer? Yes, but he is not the defender that the Celtics or a serious contender need and that is WHy Boston and Miami did not call last year. If the Bulls had AI, then Wade would have feasted in the post. Keith is at least a dolid defender and that is why he starts. If Miami had him Ray ALlen or Rondo would ahve dominated. As a sixers fan, your mind is clouded. However, I do love what AI brought to the game over the years.

      • http://www.ontarget-graphics.com Sucka Free

        Hey stop saying you love AI, we get that you are trying to not be considered a hater. If all you think is he can kind of be a good scorer then you are lost. Iverson is a great passer, he knows how to run an offense, he makes big plays on defense. You don’t have a career like his just from being a good scorer. Jerry Stackhouse was just a good scorer, Steve Francis was just a good scorer, Tracey McGrady was just a good scorer.

        Allen Iverson is a GREAT player!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is deference. Iverson can fly across the world play under a completely foreign system with people who barely speak his language, come in the middle of there season and perform at a high level. Something that even with a full training camp and a whole summer league to get ready Deron Williams another NBA All Star is still struggling with:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP-3qh1ZG80&feature=related

        That Sir whether you recognize it or not is Called Exceptional TALENT!!!!!!

  • http://www.ontarget-graphics.com Sucka Free

    @ Robnelson… That is exactly what I am talking about. Larry Brown NEVER, EVER said that, but you said it like it is fact. It sounds good if you are a hater, but Larry Brown has always been in Iverson’s corner. They only argued over small things, which happens on every team. Fact is Larry Brown lobbied for AI to get traded to Detroit in 2005, ironically the deal was for Billups and it got pulled at the last minute. This is some of the things he actually said about AI. Your statement will never be found anywhere because it only exist on blogs….

    “I don’t think he’s ever had a bad year,” Brown said. “Last year, he got hurt. . . . The only time he’s struggled is when he’s had injuries, in terms of his performance.”

    Brown noted that Iverson has improved in a number of areas, including shooting and defense.

    “He sees things more,” he said. “I think he trusts his teammates more. I think most great players in this league get better.” … 2005

    And as far as politics goes this is what Iverson had to say in the media about David Stern and his new boy scout image he wants to push in the media

    “They’re targeting guys who dress like me – guys who dress hip-hop … Put a murderer in a suit, and he’s still a murderer. It sends a bad message to kids.” – Allen Iverson

    Iverson is honest to a fault. The reason he gets a bad rap is because he says what he feels at all times. Yes the same way he called out Sterns policy changes, he will do the same to his coach, but is he wrong????

    Put a murderer in a suite…. Crintenton and Arenas brought guns to the locker room behind a beef over a $25,000 bet, they say a couple of apologies put on a nice suite for the press conference, recite a speech written by there agents and they were both back in the NBA next season… News flash Crintenton just murdered a young lady in ATL over a chain,
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/26/javaris-crittenton-murder-charges_n_938666.html
    yes he was still a murder when he put on the suite. Iverson 1, Stern 0

    Kobe is so humbled by his Colorado incident that he was slapping people and smashing phones in the middle of a church service, yet everyone thinks Iverson is a thug… SMH!!!!!!!!!

    Here is what one of his team mates had to say about the politics with AI…

    “M.C. lied to us a million times,” Hamilton said of Curry. “He sat me and A.I. down one time and was like, ‘I’m going to lean on both of you the whole year, just don’t go to the media. Say you’ll do whatever for the team and blah blah blah.’ This was a week before he brought me off the bench. He lied. So I feel for what Allen said.” ~RIP Hamilton

    He added: “I think the person that we had didn’t know how to take advantage of (our roster). Instead of taking advantage of it, he killed it.” ~RIP Hamilton

    But in the media all you hear is Iverson disrupted the team by not wanting to come of the bench. He’s is a cancer blah, blah, blah. Lets see, Two Hall of fame guards on your team and one guy who has played decent for half a season, and the coach never considers sitting the unproven guy and letting the two proven guys run the show…Explain that????? How did that work out for the team… Horribly, hell Iverson moved on and Rodney is still stinking it up and driving that team into the TANK, because he was never ready to lead any team in the NBA much less a playoff contender. Iverson 1 MC Joe Dumars 0

    You say Larry Brown said Iverson is not a good defender, I show you where he actually said good things about his defense as well as his over all game, plus he continues to go in the media an lobby for Iverson along with his other team mates and fans. Me 1 you 0

    Lebron James publicly request Iverson (HAll of Famer) join his team, yet the mysterously end up with Jerry Stackhouse, who they eventually waive and then Mike Bibby who eventually cost them a chip, because he could not figure out how to stop JJ Barrae, yes I said JJ Barrea!!!!! from scoring at will and post 3pts 1 assist per game while shooting 28% from the field, which has to be the worse performance of any starting guard in NBA Finals history, but Iverson is not good enough to play in the NBA. I was born at night, but not last night. Me 2 you 0

    You say Iverson is not a good passer, but even in Detroit and Philly he is the best passer on the TEAM and players shooting percentages go up with the addition of AI, and down when he leaves. I also provide video evidence of Iverson having BIG Games, and beautiful passes Turkey, and from his last stint in Philly… Me 3 You 0

    You say Tony Parker is a good Defender… Now that one is funny: I say, tony Parker does not even try to play defense…
    …Tony Parker may be averaging 17.5 points and 6.8 assists per game, but that didn’t stop Pop from benching him on Sunday for what he considered to be a lack of effort on defense

    In the fourth quarter, Parker stood to the side and watched Minnesota guard Luke Ridnour drive by him and dish the ball to Kevin Love for a dunk before Popovich yanked him from the game and gave him an earful. The Spurs guard watched the remainder of the game from the bench.

    Me 4… you see were this is going right!

    • http://BostonCelticsRantSports robnelson

      You gave me quotes from 6 years ago. Google Larry Brown blasts AI and you will find it. Lebum James opinion on talent is wretched see the Jamison trade for Cleveland in 2010. Politics? you are still making me laugh. They felt Bibby was a better player plain and simple. Parker may have defensive lapses, but he is still a better defender. You proved nothing but feel better about yourself.

  • James

    HAHAHAHA ARE YOU STUPID ? YOUR A DISGRACE TO BASKETBALL…! Allen Iverson is not the answer but DELONTE WEST IS?? woooow, iverson is 30 TIMES the player delonte west is, never ever ever in your life watch basketball EVER AGAIN. your a fool you’re knowledge of basketball is a drop in the sea, fckn retard i hope i never see you, you dont know what i would do omgg

    • http://BostonCelticsRantSports robnelson

      Seeing as how Ainge ( a man that has forgotten more about basketball then you will ever know) the man running the Celtics could have had either last season and chose West, I am smarter than you think. West does things that AI does not like defend shooting guards and some small fowards. This is not AI from eight years ago. The player now is not even the same scorer. It is like having a Mercedes that is used and abused. It is still a Mercedes, but the name is worth more than the car.