Ever since, Allen Iverson and the Grizzlies parted ways a few days ago, the rumors of his next destination have been running wild. First it was the Knicks, then it was the Celtics, then he was going to retire, now the talk is going back to the place where it all started for Iverson: Philadelphia.
Before this is dismissed as just more hearsay, consider this. The Sixers met with Allen Iverson for two hours in Dallas today. Sixers GM Ed Stefanski even posted a brief recap on the team’s website. Here are the highlights:
“This afternoon, we met with free agent Allen Iverson in Dallas for the first formal discussion regarding a possible return to the Philadelphia 76ers. The meeting lasted approximately two hours and covered a variety of topics, all of which we would prefer to keep between the team and Allen.
The meeting was attended by Allen, his agent Leon Rose and his personal manager Gary Moore, along with 76ers Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager Tony DiLeo, Head Coach Eddie Jordan, Assistant Coach Aaron McKie and me.
At this time, both parties remain non-committal regarding a final decision and we will continue to discuss internally whether or not to pursue this course.”
A.I.’s return to Philly could be good for both sides. There is no way Iverson wants to end his career on a bad note. Plus he is loved in Philly and he will get a chance to play and start (keyword) for a Sixers team that has a chance to make the playoffs. For the Sixers, they will provide a replacement for Louis Williams who is out two months with a broken jaw. The Sixers are also stuggling, losing their last six games. Iverson could provide that spark to get back into the playoff race.