Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Allen Iverson.
Say the name to some NBA fans or insiders, and they will spew pure hate at you. How he's "to selfish" or how he "Doesn't make his teammates better." Towards the middle or the bottom of the pile of hate you will also hear how he's not a good role model or a thug. Allen Iverson is not a thug. He is an athlete who was brought up in a rough environment and has refused to change himself. It is this fact that has endeared him to millions who have lived the same situations that he has. He is also one of the top 25 NBA players of all time and is hands down the greatest player under 6 feet the game of basketball has ever seen. Now those above 2 statements are purely my opinion, simply because I have many friends who will smack me for saying that Allen Iverson is better than Isiah Thomas or even Tiny Archibald. While Iverson is not a better passer, he is a more prolific score than both of those legends were. He also is more fearless than anyone in recent memory besides Rod Strickland at getting into the lane and going chest to chest with a 7 footer, or blowing by a legendary defender. See below: This trade to Denver will revitalize his career and guarantees a spot for Denver in the playoffs. I choose them to be 3rd of 4th out of the west behind Dallas and San Antonio, as well as possibly the Clippers or Lakers. The only real obstacle for the Nuggets will be coming up with an offense that can support the shot selections of the number 1 and 2 scorers in the NBA. It's a great problem to have. While we are on the subject of shot selections, Kobe Bryant needs to shut his mouth. After the Lakers were lit for 60 points by Gil Arenas, No. 24 had the NERVE to say:

"He doesn't seem to have much of a conscience. I really don't think he does. Some of the shots he took tonight, you miss those, and they're just terrible shots. Awful. You make them and they're unbelievable shots. I don't get a chance to play him much, so I haven't gotten used to that mentality of just chucking it up there. He made some big ones, but I'll be ready next time."

Hilarious. Sounds like sour grapes, considering Kobe was the defender for at least 40 of those points. The last person in the league who should be talking about taking terrible shots is Kobe Bean Bryant. He hasn't met a shot he didn't like and it's been that way since he was a rookie getting done up in the All Star game (respect to Michael). At the same time, Arenas shot 17-32 from the field. It's not like he wasn't efficient, as well as getting to the foul line 27 times. Is Kobe going to say Gilbert Arenas got to many calls? It's ok though. Kobe still has to worry about Paul Pierce coming to L.A. Can't wait to hear what Kob says February 23.


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