Thursday, November 19, 2009

Why signing Allen Iverson is the worst move the Knicks could make

The New York Knicks, one of the most pathetic franchises in recent professional sports, are about to sign Allen Iverson, according to multiple reports. Yes, the same Allen Iverson who left the Memphis Grizzlies after playing one game with the team because he thinks he should be a starter.

Let's not forget that the Knicks are a putrid 2-9, even though they did win in come-from-behind fashion in Indiana last night and have a matchup with the winless Nets on Saturday. So what better way to improve a team made up of overpaid underperformers and wide-eyed youngsters than to bring in Allen Iverson, the King of the Ballhogs?

All I've heard is how AI will score 40+ in coach Mike D'Antoni's system. While this may be true it will be at the cost of the development of Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Toney Douglas. As a bad team looking ahead to the "Summer of 2010," the Knicks should only be concerned about the future.

Sure, winning a few games now would ensure that the Jazz don't get the number one overall pick, since Isiah Thomas traded it away in one of his many idiotic deals. But what does it really matter? Why not just toss out all your youngsters and let them learn by doing?

If Iverson is signed, he won't be a part of the post-2010 plan. Nor will Al Harrington, Larry Hughes, Chris Duhon or anyone else that Donnie Walsh will be able to let free or trade. So what, then, is the point of bringing Iverson in now, to the detriment of everyone but Iverson?

I'm not discrediting Iverson's talent. The guy can play, no doubt. But he needs the ball all the time, needs everything to be done his way, and will almost certainly cause problems wherever he goes, a la Terrell Owens. Knowing all of that, why even bother with the guy when your team has zero chance of winning anything this season?

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