The Iverson trade made me begin to think, what if the Blazers signed Iverson after this season? I know it would be a risky move, and many of you would say that he wouldn't fit because of (1) his "reputation" as a selfish and bad person, therefore not fitting into our culture. (2) We don't need to add any old people to the team, we just need to let our guys grow.
Both are very valid points, but my counter points are:
1. Iverson seems to have matured greatly with age. Just like Kobe was a complete punk when he came into the league, so was Iverson. But I think it is safe to say they have both grown out of that "I'm gonna get mine" phase, and moved into a phase in their careers where they want to win. And isn't Portland a good place to come win? We are not the Celtics, we don't have a 2 year window. We have a DECADE long window.
Also speaking of our culture, yes we have a group of great young players, but to be honest after watching us so far in this young season it has become apparent that we do not have an "identity" as a team. The Celtics identity is Garnett and his tone setting defense. The Lakers is Kobe and his supremely clutch play, etc....With Iverson we get that identity of a proven veteren who can teach our young guys how to win and how to carve out an identity. Which leads me into my counterpoint to the fact that Iverson is too old to join our team.
2. Iverson is at a great age to join this team. As he begins to fade into the twilight of his career he can pass the reigns to the young guns and provide a player/coach presense. I don't know about you, but I think the Blazers have looked soft the first couple of games this year. Iverson adds that bulldog aspect to our team and immediatly garners respect.
For those of you that say Iverson needs to have the ball in his hands to effective, I say yes, but so does another tremendously talented young point guard, Bayless. You cannot tell me that Iverson would not be a great mentor to Bayless. They have very similar games and attitudes. Roy himself said that he likes Bayless because he feels he compliments Brandon's game very well. How is Iverson any different? Over the next few years, the starters learn how to play with a scoring point like Iverson and when Bayless takes over, the transition will be seamless.
Lastly, anyone who watched the Utah game last night cannot tell me that it would have been great to have an Iverson type player in the 4th quarter to get to the rim and get some easy baskets or draw some fouls and get to the line. A strong penetrator like that helps up not settle for so many jumpshots. Cause as you can tell from last nite, as soon as those jumpers stop falling we are screwed.
Well there is my 2 cents, let me know what you guys think....