Posted September 06, 2012

Allen Iverson to consider Chinese Basketball Association if no NBA offers

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Iverson said the Chinese Basketball Association is a backup option if he doesn’t get an NBA offer. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Former NBA all-star Allen Iverson revealed in September that he has an offer from a team in the Chinese Basketball Association but that the club will have to show him “that they really mean it” if they hope to land the former NBA MVP.

According to a report from CBSSports.com, citing Chinese website Netease with translation from HoopsHype.com, Iverson said he considers the CBA a backup option if NBA teams don’t show interest:

“I definitely want to return to the NBA, but if I can’t get back there, I’m hoping to play ball here (China).”

With regards to his team of choice, Iverson chose to reply obliquely, saying: “I’m not leaning towards any one team, and there’s no ‘first choice’ like what the others say.” However, Iverson points to the CBA as one of his backup options. “China is still one of my choices, but the team that wants me to join has got to show me that they really mean it, like ‘hey we really need you’.”

If Iverson does go abroad, it wouldn’t be his first time; in 2010, he signed a two year deal worth $4 million with Turkish club Besiktas but his time in Turkey was cut short because of injury. He also wouldn’t be the first NBA star to play in China. Stephon Marbury led the Beijing Ducks to a league title last season.


12 comments
BurkartTom
BurkartTom

I can´t really feel sorry for him because he earned more money than 300,000 people in Stockton put togther but he was a great player that always gave it all come to play time.

plansmaker
plansmaker

I don't think CBA wants to have anything to do with this loser!!!!

Paul6
Paul6

The only place where AI could be a big fish in a little pond is Lichtenstein!  Have a good trip!

 

RenoNoone
RenoNoone

AI the player is long gone.  AI the NBA mega-star lives on - in his own mind.  

 

Go away.  Please...

mikel roy
mikel roy

A.I... keep away from the court....

DaytonMorgan
DaytonMorgan

so here's my question.. Anytime these nerd writers who never play any ball in there lives writes about some nonsense story example: coming back, some per bull crap or about a player mentioning something non sport related you followers always have to comment negative about that said player. Is that what u enjoy about your lives?..just to talk sh.i.t about everyone but yourselves?. Iverson was once a good player, he maybe be over the hill or garbage now (like some of u may claim), but why is the hate for the player and not the dumb writers that comes up with these bull s:h.i.t articles?..just saying calm down or just try to get yourself laid please. way more pleasure.

DERRICK1
DERRICK1

OMG........Allen, just retire........and take Chad Johnson and T.O. with you!

Brad8
Brad8

Isnt the whole problem with no NBA team wanting Iverson in the NBA was that he was upset about having to be a backup player and was just being an idiot about it, and now hes openly saying he wants back into the NBA but that if a chinese team wants him he will only go if they say "Hey, we really need you"........ Thats your whole problem Iverson dont you get it?????  If your going to openly say that you have to be really needed on ANY TEAM then you are certainly NEVER going to be getting a call from the NBA again because no team is going be begging for a backup player, plus it shows you still have that chip on your shoulder and the second the coach doesnt play you, you will be crying about it a messing up the chemistry in the locker room. Iverson should be happy that any pro team in any country would take a shot on him because the last time i saw him play in the nba it was just sad, he used to be so good it was sad to see him play horribly. 

P0is0nedKoolA1
P0is0nedKoolA1

Let me play spoiler for  A.I.: Enjoy China dude!

John4
John4

 @DaytonMorgan You might have something intelligent to say, but the way you phrased your post makes you come across like an idiot.  What is "some per bull crap"?  You used "maybe" incorrectly.  You used "anytime" incorrectly.  Why the allusion to people getting laid?  "U" is not a word.  Dayton, try to appear more logical and intelligent in your posts so people can take you seriously.  Until then, you just come across like a teenager who rides the short bus.   

Vikes Rule
Vikes Rule

 @DaytonMorgan Re-tard! Go back to watching your lacross, and leave bball to those of us that know what we are talking about!