Sunday, November 8, 2009

Allen Iverson : Don't take it Personal

 On November 7, 2009 Allen Iverson was granted permission to leave the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team to take care of "personal matters".
This request came shortly after Iverson finally made his seasonal debut on court with the Memphis Grizzlies.  Iverson made it apparent that he was not happy playing coming off the bench and he was not happy with the amount of playing time he received.  However, Iverson injured himself during a basketball scrimmage pre-season and missed a few of the Grizzlies opening season games.  After playing just three games, Iverson is now taking a leave of absence.  Should a player, All-Star or not, immediately start a game as soon as he/she is giving the okay to play the game?  How long should it take for a new player to adjust to a team before taking a starting position?
"It's something that I never did in my life, so obviously it's a big adjustment," spoke Iverson, on coming off the bench.
Oddly enough, Iverson had the same issues with the Detroit Pistons, last season.  Once he lost his starting position with that team, Iverson left soon after, and never returned.  My issue with this entire spectacle is the below statement given by Iverson regarding his relationship with head Grizzle coach, Lionel Hollins...
"That while all this is going on, we have never talked to each other. That's probably why it's at this point right now. We've just never had a conversation, so it's probably going to always be hard for me and him to see eye-to-eye, because we've never even talked to each other. Obviously that's what you do if you're trying to accomplish the same goal."
Why didn't they ever talk?  If Iverson found this was an issue, did they attempt to talk it out before he walked it out?
However, Hollins, insist that Iverson's leave did not have anything to do with the team issues he expressed.  Hollins granted Iverson permission solely on what he believes is a family issue that Iverson needed to address. 
What do you think?

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