This should hardly come as a surprise, but it sounds like Allen Iverson would like to play for the Boston Celtics (or really anywhere in the NBA).
Now, after a year off, Iverson said he is ready to end his career in a more heartening fashion. Knowing that the Celtics will be seeking help, Iverson’s manager, Gary Moore, told the Globe his client would love to come to Boston. "I have already spoken to Allen about that and many other opportunities, and of course he would be interested in anywhere in the NBA but Boston is particularly attractive to him,’’ Moore said, "because of Danny Ainge, the organization, and one of the most respected coaches he knows in the business in Doc Rivers. "He has the utmost respect for Doc Rivers and the current roster of players. Allen would relish the opportunity to play in that organization.’’
Now the Celtics (insert lockout disclaimer here) will need to fill out their roster with young guys and cheap veterans, and Iverson fits the latter description. Will he be humbled enough to accept a bench role? Perhaps, but we've heard that story from him before. Does he have enough left in the tank? Is his style even conducive to the Celtics offensive system? Can he play any defense at this stage?
All those are questions for Danny to ponder (remember that he's been a longtime fan of Iverson and has - according to rumors - tried on a number of occasions to bring Iverson to Boston). But I'll let you folks discuss it here.
Personally I think it would make more headlines than it would impact on the team, but I suppose it couldn't hurt all that much to bring him on and give it a shot. It probably would work out similar to the Chad Ochocinco deal in New England - and at worst it would be somewhat like the Albert Haynsworth deal (I know neither of these analogies is perfect).