by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
As of this week, Allen Iverson is now 36 years old, and he wants nothing more than to be back in the NBA. His last two seasons in the NBA were a touch rocky with him playing for four different teams within that time span. During his 2009-2010 NBA season, he left the Seventy-Sixers in February. After that stint, he did not have any luck getting hired for following seasons.
Iverson was still determined to play, nonetheless, so he took his game to Turkey where he played with the Besiktas. There was not too much luck there either, for the used-to-be MVP only played 10 games in his time out of the country. This was due to a leg injury. Iverson had developed a calcium mass on his right calf, and he decided to come back home to rest instead of having surgery.
With all of those obstacles, one would not think Iverson would be so eager to get back in the game whether it be in the NBA or overseas. Based on his bodily condition, it does not appear that he is capable of achieving once more his glory days of youth. Iverson does not seem to be deterred by his recent situation, however. He says:
“It’s me. That’s what gives me confidence. I know what I can do. Everybody in the world knows what I can do. Everybody knows what I can do on the basketball court.”
He is right. We know his potential. The only question is if he will ever reach it again.
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