January 29,2013 Former Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson declined the invitation to join the Texas Legends, the D-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks, and his response is just the latest of offers Iverson has declined ever since he left the NBA in February of 2010.
Since departing the NBA, Iverson played for Besiktas a major Turkish club for one season only to return to the United States needing ankle surgery.
Iverson appears to be healthy, but he still is not drawing much attention from many NBA teams. But Iverson has been on the radar of the Texas Legends all season according to ESPN, and waited to contact Iverson once they had waiver priority ensuring that nobody besides them could claim AI.
When contacted by the Legends President Donnie Nelson, Iverson chose to respond on his twitter account. Tweeting, “I thank Donnie and Dallas for the consideration and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me”
He went on to tweet, “I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA, should God provide me another opportunity I will give it my all. … My dream has always been to complete my legacy in the NBA.
“To my fans, I love yall! Not a day goes by that I am not asked when am I coming back, we all must accept that my return is not up to just me.”
While Iverson response shows that he still intends to return to the NBA, you would think that AI would check his ego at the door and realize that he has a better chance of joining the NBA from the Texas Legends then off the street.
Recently Mike James was called up from the Texas Legends and after playing well on two ten-day contracts, signed a fully guaranteed deal. James like Iverson is 37 and is playing quality minutes on the Mavericks and contributing on a daily basis. The D-League is supposed to serve as a feeder league to the NBA and Iverson should realize that if he plays well in the D-League than a call up to the association would be in his future.
Iverson does not want to take a backseat, and come off the bench. He does not want be like other veteran NBA players that leave the association, only to return after playing in the D-League.
Right now he is his own worst enemy, as he refuses to recognize that his NBA days are numbered and that he is not as good as he once was.
One though is for certain, Iverson is still not a fan of practice.