Iverson worth a shot
It’s just about football season, which means it is officially not too early to talk basketball. The biggest buzz around the Grizzlies this offseason that has effectively forced the national media to talk about them is their flirtation with Allen Iverson. I know I may be crazy, but I say if he wants to play here, let him play here. It’s not everyday the Grizzlies have a player on any talent level who comes knocking at the door. Sure, he has character issues, but what pro athlete doesn’t to an extent? He is reaching the end of his career and he knows it. I think that has tamed him somewhat. He knows he is not going to be the focal point, and for a guy who refused to come off the bench in Denver, that shows some class and maturity. The Grizz need established starpower. Iverson may have lost a step but he can still be at least as consistent as the young guys who are still on a learning curve. Plus, he has a lot he can teach them. It’s not a huge risk for the Grizzlies because Iverson isn’t going to be around much longer. They can sign him to a one-year deal and cut him loose if things don’t work out. We all know Michael Heisley hates spending his money, but what top-notch free agents are going to be looking at Memphis next summer? Spend a little now and just see if we can’t add a few wins to last season’s total. Sure, it is Allen Iverson and he could always blow up in your face, but he’ll put fans in the seats. That is what this team needs more than anything else.