There seems to be a lot of old minds clinging to the notion that outspoken = disruptive. What they really mean is, outspoken = assertive. Someone that they cannot control, who has his own thoughts.
Everything Iverson said is on the money. He is not a 6th man. He can still play. The tapes speak for themselves.
I remember another "aging" warrior who refused to step down at the insistence of hire-ups.
Brett Farve was outspoken. He wasn't willing to squash his dreams or ignore his passion to please Green Bay executives. He wasn't willing to admit to a crime he didn't commit. The crime of getting too old to play at a high level.
Look how that turned out.
Allen Iverson isn't going to plead guilty either. You're not going to lock him down until he gets his day in court.
You'd think that some NBA GM's would take their que from the Vikings and risk it with AI. These are the teams that are stupid not to.
Nets - Who can take over a game in the fourth? Devin Harris was at his best when he played beside Vince (a scorer, also with a reputation to be a headache...and a quitter unlike Iverson). Furthermore, has anyone watched a Nets game this year? Didn't think so.
Timberwolves - Iverson could protect Johnny Flynn and maybe help the Wolves save face in the year without Rubio.
76ers - It's funny how the only thing the Sixers are missing is a go-to-guy and their most recent NBA Hall of Fame legend is sitting out there in limbo. Williams, Iverson, Iguodala, Brand and Samuel could get out the first round.
Bobcats - Please, if you put up a 59 point game and average 86 a night, a distraction is exactly what you need.
Rockets - They are an 8th seed with Iverson. They have all the role players and no stud. Even when T-Mac comes back, he can play the 3 spot. Yes it would be the AI and Carmelo situation all over again, but at least that team was fun to watch.
People have this notion that Allen Iverson is a "cancer." I prefer to use the term "cowboy." Yes, he has a sticky and itchy trigger finger, but he's a win-first-guy, not a me-first-guy. If the only thing he knows how to do is score, let him score. Coach the other players to do the rest. If you want to build a house you don't ask the architect to install the plumbing. And this is one hell of an architect.