Is Iverson the answer for Pacers?

August 7, 2009
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iversonHow desperate are the Indiana Pacers to sell tickets? Allen Iverson might be The Answer. The 34-year-old guard is available and some NBA insiders say the Pacers could use his scoring punch alongside Danny Granger.

Iverson’s agent, Leon Rose, has indicated Iverson could be signed to a one-year deal worth $5 million to $6 million. Even in this economy, that’s not exactly break-the-bank money. If Iverson could boost attendance by an average of about 2,500 per game, revenue from those ticket sales alone would pay his salary.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Houston Rockets are reportedly among teams that are interested.

True, the Pacers in July signed guard Earl Watson to a one-year deal for about $3 million to fill the back court need. Pacers’ chief of basketball operations Larry Bird said at the time that while Iverson was available, Watson is best for the team’s needs.

What this team needs most is to sell tickets, and Iverson—controversies or no—does that. Iverson also might be enough to push the Pacers into the seventh or eighth playoff spot in the East, and no one is hungrier to win that Bird, who was unavailable to comment today.

In the last three weeks, speculation has intensified that Iverson could don the blue and gold. But Pacers executives are keenly aware how important image is to Indiana fans, so they won’t take lightly the habits of a man who once had a press conference tirade when asked about his practice habits.

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  • haha. this will go over well....:lol:
  • Has he shot anyone, or has anyone taken shots at him lately? Does he go clubbing with a posse? Does he own a carwash in Philly?

    And most importantly...would Larry Brown come back to coach him?

  • I would rather see us in the draft lottery than have this guy on our team. We have finally rid ourselves of everyone associated with The Brawl and all the thug behavior that has come since. WHY in the WORLD would ANYONE think that signing Iverson is a good idea? That would just be undoing everything that management has been trying to do these past years. I won't buy tickets to games if he is on the team. Iverson? UGH!!!
  • @ thundermutt: no, no, no, no. Iverson, for his tatts and his thuggish image, is not a troublemaker. He keeps his nose (and other parts) pretty clean. I'd love to have him on the team.
  • Iverson is available for good reason - teams have moved on, his time has come and gone. He doesn't make sense for the Pacers at any price. I am confident he would not sell tix, and in fact, such a move could actually work the other direction - keeping fans from attending to watch such nonsense on the floor. They're just groping to try and make some quick, big cash before calling it a career, let's hope the Pacers are not stupid enough to fall for such tomfoolery. My bigger concern is not with the Pacers, but the NBA as a whole. I think they have simply let salaries and problems escalate out of control to a point of no return. The product stinks and the costs are prohibitive. I went to my last NBA game two years ago, and have no intention of going again any time too soon. My time and money is too important to me than to waste it on such nonsense. It's a shame - I LOVE basketball. The NBA just doesn't cut it anymore.
  • Easy response... NO WAY!!
  • If you don't have an article with facts.... make stuff up. Pretty typical from the Score. The IBJ is a terrific fishwrap, but the Score is difficult to take serious.
  • indyd,

    He didn't make it up. It is dicussion among the basketball insiders in this town, no matter whether it is serious or not. It is and has been talked about. Don't go around trying to dismantle someone in the know just because you aren't.

    As for me - Iverson??? Whatt???? Pracice, you wanta talk to me about practice, practice??? Sorry, but I agree, not on my dime.....
  • NO!
  • Are we talking about practice?
  • No.
  • I'd love to have AI on the Pacers. He plays with passion and is tough as nails (even at his age). He isn't a thug... just looks like one by society's standards.

    This might make you think differently of AI.
  • He is black with tats and corn rows so we know the lilly white Pacers are not going to sign him. Fisher Gal is the typical fan who the front office is trying to please.
  • Big Daddy, one of the reasons I am a sports fan is that I have a 9-year-old son who is totally into football, basketball and racing. We prefer to root for our home teams, but we also need role models for him to look up to. It was very hard for us to explain to our then much-younger son what happened with the brawl, what happened with Tinsley's off-court antics, and some of the other things that have gone on. Now that the Pacers have finally started cleaning up their image, I would hate for them to do something silly like signing someone with Iverson's attitude. I don't think he represents a positive image for kids. I don't care what color the player is (though I really hate AI's tatoos - that's just me), but I don't think he would be a positive addition to the team. I would be less likely to buy tickets if someone like that was playing on our team.

    Don't judge what I am until you know why I comment as I do.

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