Smack / Sep 14, 2011 / 12:00 am

The Locked-Out Answer

Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson, Dime #6

Would you take Allen Iverson? We think most fans would speak up in favor of bringing the future Hall of Famer back into the NBA. But how many GMs would? If you go by their recent actions, not too many, and every year he’s gone from the game, the more likely it is that we’ve seen the last of him in an NBA uniform. The Answer still wants to fight his way back in, and it’s being reported that’s exactly what he’s doing in reaching out to some of the game’s best trainers and working his way back. He might make an appearance in the Impact Vegas League. We wish AI would get another shot – he did grace our first ever issue of Dime and still holds a special place for us – but the chances are about as good as us seeing basketball on opening night … The only way to accurately air dirty laundry in sports is to wait until you retire as a player, and then ultimately write some type of biography. Jerry West is putting out “West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life” and while he talks about some things we already knew – like how Kobe refused to cater to Shaq in anything – it sounds like it’ll be an awesome read. West dove head first into his feud with Phil Jackson and says the two never got along because Zen was always trying to stake out his territory, going so far as to refuse to say hello in the morning, even though their offices were nearly right next to each other. He also recounts the time Zen kicked him out of the locker room so unceremoniously that you would’ve thought The Logo was some potbellied, rich kid who’s involved in sports because it was daddy’s fun toy. Tim Kawakami breaks down the advance copy quite nicely. We can’t wait to read more stories like these, and you know the Lakers are good for at least 50 pages of drama in every book. It’s amazing what egos can do … Ron Artest‘s daughter wants to be World Peace as well. Her name is Diamond. It could soon be Diamond World Peace. See, Ron’s name was done in sheer fun and with a good heart. But Diamond World Peace is toeing the line between “good cause” and “porn star.” We’re not fans of that name for small children … Interesting scenario that was being discussed on Twitter yesterday: If (and at this point, it seems more when than if) Rick Adelman takes over coaching duties in Minnesota, how great of a chance would Michael Beasley have of being traded again? Adelman is a pro’s pro, and he’s been around for a minute. But he’s also done well with some hotheads, and has great relationships with two notorious ones in Bonzi Wells and Artest. Still, is it possible Beasley could get shipped off again? Derrick Rose is an MVP. Michael Beasley is stuck playing in-between two positions, on a team that just drafted a guy who is pretty much his on-court clone. Crazy how that 1-2 draft worked out … And if you want to see fireworks in Minnesota, we could have them. Let’s just say it’s not out of the question that Adelman and Kahn will have issues. Adelman never liked the media. Kahn himself is a former sportswriter who covered Portland, when, you guessed it, Adelman coached there … Did you ever think you’d see another video game review for Double Dribble? We have what’s considered the only review for this game to come along some 20 years too late, and we’re talking things like anti-racism pigmentation technology … Yesterday marked the 15-year anniversary of Tupac Shakur‘s death. It’s amazing that 15 years after the fact, we still talk about this stuff like it happened yesterday. It’s even crazier to think that a lot of this generation has no recollection of Tupac’s work. You could be nearly 15 years old, and can still say you weren’t ever even alive for ‘Pac. That’s wild. What’s the greatest ‘Pac song of all-time? A more appropriate question might be: which movie is more enjoyable, Juice or Above the Rim? R.I.P. ‘Pac … And it’s the second round of the Dime Ultimate Movie Baller tournament: Jesus Shuttlesworth vs. the Wolf, and Big Neon Bodeaux vs. Tom Shepherd. Who do you got? Plus, the two final spots in the Elite 8 were set. One is taken by Kyle Lee Watson, beating the No. 7 Quincy McCall. And then the final spot goes to the winner of the biggest upset we’ve seen thus far: Billy Hoyle as a No. 15 seed taking out Moses Guthrie. He must’ve hustled the pro real good … We’re out like Tupac’s appreciation day.

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  • Cha-Ching

    Going with Juice. Pac showed natural talent in Juice. In ATR he played the average thug role. Avon Barksdale playing his assistant thug was a trip. I hate the way AI went out. Will scoring non passing guards like D Rose, Russell Westbrook, etc. go out the same way? Phil and West, just two egos, it is what it is.

    Out like the White Sox and NBA season. Go BEARS!


    I am a pure and proud racist but gotta admit, Tupac is the man. I got the All Eyes on Me album by purchase not download.

  • Promoman

    Jerry’s not the first person to call Jax out on being on some other shit. There were stories about that when the Bulls broke up. Iverson’s done. He’s burned too many bridges. The closest he’ll get is playing in the Impact League.

  • beiber newz

    Reports are out here in basketball land that ya boy Amare has been working out with Isiah Thomas at FIU. He’s hanging out with Thomas in Florida. Man, Isaiah knows how to gravitate to everything KNICK nowadays.

  • King

    Moses (Dr J) has a 12 inch height advantage.

    how the hell is billy hoyle stopping this



    Whilst I still definitely think AI is good enough to play in the NBA, really the only reason he should be is to come in and be a veteran presence for a young team or a bench player for a championship calibre team. Seeing as he’s never been someone who went out of their way to help younger players and refused to accept a smaller role on a good team… he’s kinda SOL.

    I think its in Beasley’s best interest to get shipped off again, I mean Minnesota are 4 deep at his position with players who didn’t have off season problems and like you say just drafted a very similar player #2.

    @ Bruce Declaring yourself a pure and proud racist, is kinda like declaring yourself a pure and proud AIDS carrier… except, well… racism is much worse. I know I’m giving you the attention you desperately craved when you wrote that but… Also; racist but you watch basketball and listen Tupac… you’re doing it wrong.

  • http://www.wtf.com Chicagorilla

    in short
    No AI doesn’t need another shot. Just go away now.

    Beasley should be traded to Chicago for Carlos Boozer or Loul Deng

    Jerry West is lame for writing a book like that. Phil already dry snitched on the lakers and im sure Shaq will as well.

    No effin way does Billy-Ho take out Moses Guthrie. Other than Neon, Moses is the best player in your tournament.

    Tupac is my favorite rapper all time. He wasn’t just a lyracist (Nas), he wasn’t just a delivery type guy (Mystical), he wasn’t just a “swag” rapper (Weezy), and it wasn’t just about his message (Lupe). 2Pac embodied everything there was to be a rapper. And the Me against the world Album is def in my top 5 all time…possibly number 1.

    “They say p^ssy and paper, poetry, power and pistols/ plotting on murdering muthaf^kas b’fa they get you/picturing pityful punk niggas copping pleas/as i position myself to clock G’s/My enimies scatter in suicidal situations/never to witness the wicked sh!t that they was facing” – Tupac, If i die tonight

    “Picture Paragraphs unloaded/Wise words being quoted/ Peeped a weakness in the rap game and sowed it” Tupac ~Hail Mary….

    Although dude is missed, i’m still listening to his music til this day

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  • First & Foremost

    So if Philly beats the Melo league, will they take Melo outside and have 3 guys wearing black/white sweatsuits with bike lock chains spin him on their shoulders, Fresh Prince style?

  • http://www.zwani.com/graphics/funny_pictures/images/88funny-pictures128.jpg JAY

    ^^ “Iiiiiiiiiiin West Philadelphia, born and raised…..”

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7Er5TsQrGg alf (from melmak)

    @ Chicagorilla

    I know David Kahn is dumb and all but why would they take Carlos Boozer or Loul Deng?

    Anyway, that photo of Allen Iverson tells all the answers why he would never be in the NBA again.

    Tupac’s work was deep and he broke new grounds. Still, I have my bias for Arrested Development and their relatively short body of work. (I can feel some violent reactions coming.)

  • First & Foremost

    @Alf – Chicagorilla has been trying to get rid of Boozer, even before Boozer got there. Whose to say Beasley will ever become a professional. Yes he could provide that much needed fire power on offense but could he be held accountable for defensive rotations?

    If Chicago can get him for a conditional 3rd rounder, then it would be worthwhile. No one knows how he’ll react to being benched. It turned out great for Rose after the first few times he and Thibs locked horns but is Beasley as mature as Rose?

  • bobby stew

    Above the Rim was a classic movie. If you really think about it some of the streetball basketball scenes from The SHOOTOUT tournament were AND1 moves before AND1. Tupac was great and so was the late Bernie Mac

  • sh!tfaced

    Speaking of books, “pornstars” and people from Alaska…

    there’s a story saying Glen Rice may have had a one night bang with Sarah Palin back in the day… LOL


  • jay

    i could care less about ai at this point..hall of famer no doubt. we aint getting a season. i hate the dan gilberts of the world and stern aint much better. trying to reinvent the wheel is the wrong move! stern is all about marketing…well you got your meal ticket in kobe for 3 more years. you wanna have a league that you are relying on rose and wade and bron as darth vadar and a small mkt team with durant to carry the league going forward..good luck!!!

  • This_Will_Hurt

    AI deserves a shot! You replace Kobe w/ him and the Lakers still 3peat and probably never even let egos get in the way. AI never had that 2nd option except for a washed up CWebb unless you wanna include Keith Van Horn’s scrub ass.

  • This_Will_Hurt

    Don’t even mention a young Carmelo that don’t count either.


    I have always ranked AI as the 2nd greatest player of all time behind MJ. He is the only other superstar to not bitchout and beg for the help of a sidekick. I wont mention any names … kobe, lebron, kobe, lebron, kobe?, lebron??

    But in all seriousness, A.I pioneered the “scoring point guard” role. He was Derrick Rose BEFORE derrick Rose. A.I never tried to imitate Jordan ala kobe ala lebron. He carved his own legacy in the NBA as a young thundercat with a STONE COLD KILLA CROSSOVER.

    I will crush any argument that suggests otherwise…
    come at me!

  • http://www.wtf.com Chicagorilla

    AI Pioneered the scoring PG??? Yeh I guess, if your knowledge of basketball doesn’t go past 1996!

    Look fuck-tard, There was guys named Tim Hardaway, Isiah Thomas, Michael Adams, and Nate “Tiny” Archibald who were all over 20ppg scoring PGs who all happened to throw plenty of assist while doing it (unlike AI who assumed he was a SG).
    And for the record, DRose is scoring out of necessity, not because he wants a shoe deal or wants the town to be on his nuts. If you look back all the way to HS, Rose had always been a 50/50 mix of scoring and assist. He even managed 8apg this year along with his 24ppg. Shake AI’s cum off your brain and get some knowledge.

    And I have nothing for the guy that wrote “AI is the 2nd best player of all time”…..I seriously have never heard/read that ever before. That is literally the first time I experienced such blasphemy. I hope you were joking.

    as was stated, I am just trying to get rid of Boozer while the Bulls still can. In a year it will be damn near impossible to move his contract. Loul Deng only has a couple more years left on his contract (no more than 3 i think) so they might be able to move him if they try.

    Do I think Beasley would work in Chicago? I highly doubt it. Like Miami, this city will eat that kid alive. These hoes up here are way too skilled in the game. He would defintely bring buckets galor with him, but just like Boozer he is all outside so he is not a true answer. But with his off-court issues, I don’t see him earning a big time contract. Which means that the Bulls will have cap room for the other Superman.

  • beiber newz

    “He is the only other superstar to not bitchout and beg for the help of a sidekick.”

    you do realize there can be two or more spectrums to observe that at?

    either he thought of himself as too good to request help which is sorta egotistical.

    or maybe he didn’t want to share the ball which is sorta actually selfishness.

    if other players were aware of that, he also could have hurt the organization as a whole because who would want to go there to be in that kind of system where it’s A.I OR DIE.