After several days of retirement and 3 turkeys later, disgruntled ex-NBAer Allen Iverson may be set to make his long awaited return to the court. Current PG, Louis Williams, suffered a broken jaw in Tuesday's 1 point loss to the Washington Wizards, and will be sidelined with a wired jaw for 8 weeks. Williams has been one of the bright spots for the 76ers this year, averaging 17.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.
Williams' presence will be sorely lost on this struggling team, as rookie Jrue Holiday has had to fill in under his absence. This is where Iverson comes in; 2 months without a seasoned PG is obviously too long to find out whether a rookie can run a team. Reports are stating that Philadelphia have serious interest in Iverson, and may sign him as soon as next week. "We simply can't just ignore the upside he'd bring, not with our situation" a team source said on Friday. There's no denying that this franchise and its fans would be gushing at the fact that they may be able to get one of their all-time greats back--a savior if you will. At least that's what they're hoping! I'm sure 76er brass are most giddy about the potential for increased ticket sales and more revenue.
Supposedly, former coach Larry Brown (now coach of the Charlotte Bobcats) is even trying to get into contact with Iverson in order to tell him to not give up on the NBA. Brown thinks Iverson still has a lot to give the league, and his retirement is premature for the talents he still possesses.
With this news, all signs are pointing to a grandiose return of Allen Iverson--shocker! I suppose if he is available on your waiver wire you should go pick him up, as he more than likely will post good numbers. As for when Williams returns, I guess we'll just have to wait and see how the 8 week audition for Iverson has gone to see who will be the starting PG. We all know of Allen's distaste for coming off the bench, and perhaps by that time the fans may agree with him.