I get what you guys are saying about the All-Star game, but a majority of the people in the world don't have the views you do, national pride cannot wear off, no matter how good your argument is, and besides not everybody in China voted for Yao Ming, I can personally vouch that my secondary school classmates all voted for Kobe Bryant.
I'd say yes, for sure. I mean why not? Are we really going to compete this year? Giving Iverson a chance in Toronto would be nice to watch, hey, it's still Allen Iverson, a.k.a. The Answer, a.k.a. Bubba Chuck! Even if he's old, bad, even if he got 2 broken legs, I don't care. I'm all for it. Let's give it a try!
anybody who's for this should have their basketball viewing rights revoked.
My point is that Iverson, Coleman and Marbury all had All-World talent, but for various reasons, are definitely NOT guys you want hanging around young developing players. Unless you want them to learn how not to behave professionally.
My point is, I think Iverson could be as good in a bench role as any of our possible options. As for the hanging with the guys fact, look at the Grizzlies or Sixers lastly, I don't think that his presence has been that much bad for them. In fact, Iverson can't be worst than he was two years ago in the maturity category. And just to have the presence of a guy like him in a gym (heart player, can't argue with this fact, hall of famer caliber player, multiple all-star, great scorer, basketball icon, etc...) could be really positive for this team, for this franchise and could be fun to watch for the fans too. He would sell some jerseys and tickets too, for sure.
More to the point, though, what exactly would BE the point of signing him. He's not exactly mentor material and the Raptors HAD a Hall of Fame player the players could look up to in Alex English. Didn't seem to help much, did it? You think his presence alone is going to do anything? You want them to see someone with heart, hire the guy from Rudy. At least he also worked hard in practice!
The problem is that no matter what happens, it's not good. If he regains some of his form and keeps his head on straight, he'll win a few more games for the team, which at this point actually hurts them. Plus, he would take playing time and shots away from players who the team needs to develop. And it's not as if he'd be in the long term plans of the team, anyway. If he doesn't regain his form, he'll sit on the bench and probably sulk and create a bad atmosphere.
No thanks. Not for the gamble of selling a few more tickets and jerseys. That's the kind of thing badly managed teams do.
For me, I think there should be certain criteria which gets used to filter the options available for fans to vote for. Some of my criteria would be:
- minimum # of games played (no injured player being voted in on reputation alone)
- ranked in top half of relevant statitiscal category at the position played, with mimimum games/minutes played qualifier... ie: top half of conference in PPG for SG or top half of conference in ASG for PG (to reward good play in the current season alone, not big name players having horrendous season or in twilight of their career)
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