Allen Iversonâ€™s days with Memphis Grizzlies were numbered. This American basketball player is now a free agent.
When Iverson signed a contract with Memphis Grizzlies on 10th September, 2009, little did he know that this association with them would end up so bitterly.
Iverson had signed a contract of 1 year with them stating, â€œGod chose Memphis as the place that I will continue my career,” and that “I feel that they are committed to developing a winner.”
In his debut match he spent much of his time on the sideline which upset him.Â His new team fell for 1-3. After the game, he mentioned it loud and clear in the locker room that if the Grizzlies continue to lose they would have to make a change.
He further added. â€œIn all the other years of my career, itâ€™s never come up. Iâ€™ve been a starter on All-Star teams, Olympic teams and NBA Finals teams. Itâ€™s just a big deal now. I think it is something people should let go. To answer your question, no, Iâ€™m not a bench player or the sixth man. Go look at my resume, it will show you that Iâ€™m not a sixth man.â€
Inspite of his accomplishments, Iverson was not happy with the treatment being meted out to him. â€œIâ€™m not a reserve basketball player,â€ Iverson said. â€œIâ€™ve never been a reserve all my life and Iâ€™m not going to start looking at myself as a reserve.â€
He left the team on November 7th 2009. The Grizzlies terminated his contract of $ 3 million on the 16th of November.
Knicks the team which needs him to draw his fans and to use his skills is also unlikely to pursue him as they wish to encourage and train newcomers which will not be appreciated by Iverson.
Iverson, the most valuable player of the league in 2001 who captured 4 scoring titles, is now in the twilight of his career and is not ready to see himself in a subordinate role.
This is probably a very abrupt end to his illustrious career.