It’s almost the end of September and I think it’s better to woke up the singer who sang “Wake me up when September ends”…
The excitement and the hype are increasing with only a month left before the NBA 2009-10 season begins. There isn’t much happening with the NBA lately other than Allen Iverson signing a one year deal with the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies is no title contender team this is a team who still are looking for their own identity. It’s very puzzling to see their roster with 8 players standing 6’9 to 7-foot plus up. Rudy Gay the 3rd year player out of Connecticut is definitely the team leader with some of the team’s under achiever and underrated veterans in Zach Randolph, Marko Jaric and Steven Hunter. Will Iverson be a bigger impact on the Grizzlies?
-Ok Mike Conley and OJ Mayo are definitely good backcourt players and their improving confidence and maturity is making the Grizzlies some stability on the backcourt but on pressure games it’s hard to expect them to show composure with both of them having only a year or two experienced in the NBA. That is where Iverson gets in. The former MVP and all time scoring champion is a reliable scorer and love the pressure of the lime light. He can compliment Rudy Gay in offense and can steal the ball in a jiffy. He can score 30 points or more if he wants to. He is just the complete offensive monster who shoots and drives the basket at will.
– Being one of NBA’s worst team it’s synonymous that ticket sales are not very promising. Logically would you spend a good number of dollars to see your team lose? The Grizzlies needs a superstar who can create enthusiasm to fans and generate a good number of ticket sales with his showmanship and killer crossovers. He may shoot all game long and hog the ball as long as he wants but Iverson gets the fans cheering a good marketing move for the Grizzlies.
-He maybe disgruntled about being a second stringer for the Pistons but this time he doesn’t have to worry about playing time with Rudy Gay playing the small forward and Mayo as shooting guard he would definitely be the starting point guard for this team. Expect to see a very flashy and fast breaking team and the Grizzlies could be one of NBA’s good defensive backcourt trios.
-With Iverson demanding minutes we would see a significantly decrease in playing time for Mike Conley. He may not have Iverson’s statistical numbers but what i like about Mike is that he is a reliable point guard who average 10 points and 8 assists per game. Promising stats for the second year guard who passes the ball and make good plays. He is definitely not a Chris Paul or Deron Williams in the making but he is the type of player every team wants to have, an unselfish point guard. Granting his situation Iverson’s arrival hampers Conley’s development. It’s either he will took this as a challenge or become like his teammate Marko Jaric.
– There is no “I” on a team but there is definitely “I” on Iverson. He is a one man team who fell in love with his offense that he forgets how to pass and become a team player. He doesn’t go well with his teammates back in Detroit and when coach Curry threatened to bench him he issued a statement that he will retire rather than sitting on the bench. I think there is a much deeper explanation on Curry’s decision giving confidence on Will Bynum rather than the former MVP champion. Yes past is past but you can’t teach old dogs new tricks either.
Will Allen Iverson be the impact the Grizzlies are hoping for this season. It really depends on Iverson… this is a new lease on life for Allen and he is out to prove all the critics wrong. This is a hit or miss season for the Grizzlies. Good thing they are rebuilding.