Allen Iverson & the Memphis Grizzlies
AI is headed to Memphis.....
Iverson's tweet: ‘God Chose Memphis’ for me
34-year-old star guard says he'll be continuing his career with Grizzlies
The Associated Press
updated 11:56 a.m. ET, Wed., Sept . 9, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Guard Allen Iverson has tweeted that he will be heading to Memphis.
The 34-year-old free agent tweeted Wednesday that “God Chose Memphis as the place that I will continue my career.”
The Commercial Appeal on its Web site reported that Iverson told the Grizzlies he is accepting a one-year offer. The Grizzlies had no immediate comment Wednesday morning, and Iverson’s agent, Leon Rose, did not immediately respond to a text message to his cell phone.
Iverson also said he met with Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley, general manager Chris Wallace and coach Lionel Hollins. That meeting took place Monday in Atlanta.
“I feel that they are committed to developing a winner and I know that I can help them to accomplish that. I feel that I can trust them,” Iverson added on his Twitter account.
Iverson would become the highest profile player ever to put on a Grizzlies’ uniform. He was the first overall draft pick in 1996 and the league MVP in 2001.
Heisley wants Iverson to provide a big-name attraction for a team that struggled to attract fans to the plush FedExForum to watch a young team rebuilding through the draft. Iverson can provide valuable minutes and scoring off the bench needed by a franchise that went 24-58 and tied for the fifth-worst record in the NBA last season.
The Grizzlies finished 29th out of 30 teams in scoring, averaging 93.8 points per game.
Memphis would be the fourth team for Iverson after starting his career in Philadelphia and playing for Denver and Detroit. He has averaged 27.1 points per game through his 13 NBA seasons, but his production dropped to 17.4 points per game in his 54 games after being traded by Denver to Detroit during last season.
The Grizzlies reportedly made a one-year offer to Iverson earlier this summer, but the shooting guard tweeted in August that he was waiting for a call and mentioned Charlotte, Miami and New York. Then Iverson started tweeting about how much he could help the Grizzlies’ young talent like Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo and Michael Conley.
“I would lead by example. I could show how important it is to work hard everyday, play the game the right way, & just like it’s your last!” Iverson tweeted on Aug. 27.
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