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I've Heard a Lot of Allen Iverson Stories in the Last Day or Two

12/15/2006

But the one that makes the most sense to me, and that I have now heard repeatedly, is the one at the end of Peter Vecsey's column today:

The Heat make the most sense. They've got three expiring contracts within the next two seasons. James Posey is up at the end of this one, while Jason Williams and Michael Doleac are up the year after. In addition, they flaunt Dorell Wright, a young, promising stud. I'm not saying Miami is prepared to part with Wright. With or without him, the salaries meet league specifications.

More importantly, the Heat have Pat Riley, who unquestionably has earned Iverson's attention and respect. At the same time, the team is presided over by Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade, two celestial presences who should be able to keep him moderately focused, at least as long as he believes there's a title to be had.

They also have a crushing need for athleticism on the perimeter, a proven willingness to shoehorn ballhogs together, and enough insitutional gravitas (thanks to the influential O'Neal, Riley, Wade, and rings) that you'd have to think there'd be at least a fairish chance Allen Iverson would show up expecting to do some listening as well as talking.

And, for the record, some versions of this event include Udonis Haslem, which makes no sense at all to me. Without Haslem and Alonzo Mourning, the Heat's defense would self-destruct. Those guys mask a lot of defensive deficiencies from their gimpy teammates. Not to mention, Haslem and Dwyane Wade are practically the entire Miami youth movement.

UPDATE: Iverson stuff: