Could Allen Iverson be ready to lace them up again in the city of brotherly love?
Well, don’t get too excited because if he does, it will only be in one these NBA lockout barnstorming exhibition games. And even then his appearance in a scheduled exhibition game Sunday in Philadelphia seems to be probable at best.
Rumors are circulating that Iverson, who hasn’t played in the NBA in a year, is “supposed” to play in a game that will feature NBA stars LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant. Problem is, Iverson isn’t talking and neither is game organizer, Rahim Thompson.
ESPNnewyork.com, however, is reporting that Iverson is scheduled to be in town Saturday for an event.
It would seem only right for an exhibition game of this sort to reach out to one of the most popular basketball players in 76ers history. Iverson still owns a home in the area and remains a fan favorite, which means a game with him would be an even bigger draw.
The only thing that could possibly trump Iverson playing in Sunday’s game is if Philadelphia native son Kobe Bryant accepts an invitation to play in the game. So far Bryant, who has had a sort of love-hate relationship with his hometown, has been non-committal.
But even if Iverson and Bryant are no-shows, the game should still be an exciting one. The Melo Team out of Baltimore will also feature Josh Selby and Eric Bledsoe.
The opposing “Team Philly” will feature players such as Hakim Warrick, Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams, Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris and Kyle Lowry.
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