Allen Iverson has fallen off the face of the basketball planet these past few years. Iverson has not played in the NBA since 2010 and spent the last year playing in Turkey in relative obscurity. It looked as if his relevant playing career was over.
Yet here's how desperate the Los Angeles Lakers are to find even a semi-competent guard to pair up with Kobe Bryant. They were willing to give The Answer a try. Stephen A. Smith of ESPN Los Angeles has the report.
Allen Iverson, who sources indicated the Lakers had some interest in as long as he was willing to go to the NBA Developmental League for a few weeks first, is not the answer. He's simply not a point guard.
Iverson isn't anywhere close to the typical guard you want running an offense at this point. He's older, he doesn't really pass the ball all that well, and the thought of Bryant and Iverson sharing the basketball would have to give the frontcourt chills. A.I. is not a fit for a Laker team that needs a point guard to distribute and occasionally shoot the basketball, not handle it only for the purpose of making plays.
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