posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 04:44 PM
Comming off missing 3 games, Allen Iverson was going to be slowly brought back to game shape. But Iverson did not feel that way. After being told that
he would not start, Iverson decided not to play. 76er's coach Ford did not want to throw his star and leading scorer to the dogs. He wanted to be sure
he was healthy.
Allen Iverson said he was ready to play in Sunday's 85-69 loss to the Detroit Pistons but changed his mind after 76ers coach Chris Ford told him
he'd come off the bench.
"I'm a starter. I've been a starter here for eight years. I'm not a sixth man," Iverson said after the game. "I'm a starter. I know in this league ...
if someone comes back from an injury, if he's a starter he starts. What's the difference? If you're going to cut my time down, cut my time down. It
doesn't make any difference. I'm a starter."
If Iverson would just step back and look at the situation, he should understand that the coach is doing what is best for the team. The coach wants
Iverson to be around come playoff time. If Allen reinjures that knee because he came back too soon, he won't be around for the playoffs. Taking it
slowly is the best thing to do. But I guess with the attitude of some of the players, maybe you should just let them go out and hurt themselves,
possibly ending their career. I believe Ford was doing the right thing.