Originally Posted by angryllama
As far as I'm concerned, Dallas made it to the Finals in '02-'03 and played the Spurs there...and nearly won. Put Dallas in the East in Iverson's year through today and Dallas waltzes through that conference until the modern Detroit team shows up. ANY NBA PLAYER can put up rediculous scoring statistics. Great ones let the statistics come to them.
Iverson is not a winner because he doesnt care to play team basketball. That team is not short on talent. Iguodala is a 2 way stud, Webber can still play, Korver is a really nice player, and Dalembert is one of the best centers in the NBA. Imagine any of those players in Phoenix. Their offensive stats would be through the ceiling. Especially Dalembert and Iguodala. Nash would make those guys contributors on a winner. That's what I'm talking about. Sacrificing your statistical legacy and your ego to win. Nowitzki and Nash both play by that creed. If your team is bad, then you find a way to make things better. It's obvious that Iverson really doesnt care to do that. He's making his money and guys like Stephen A. Smith are waiting to brown nose him to death. Why should he give up his shots? He's like a rap star.
So who is the better coach? Larry Brown, Don Nelson, or Avery Johnson?
You have to have a tem around you to be a team player, which Philly has never really given Iverson.
Remember back when Philly had a good team i.e. the team that went to the finals, there were statistics that showed how much better the sixers record was when Iverson put up over 30 shots a game compared to when he puts up less. The sixers needed him to put it up, even if he wasnt hitting the shots, he led that team still.
Ever watch Iverson play D also? The guy can seriously clamp down out there and get steals, he is a very good defensive player.
Say what you want about his chracter, the guy gives 100% out there and is a great player, he is a hardworker out there and does the best to win games.