Monday, August 24, 2009

NBA egomaniacs may reunite in Charlotte

Never burn your bridges. You never know what the future might hold.

Apparently, both unrestricted NBA free agent Allen Iverson and Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown kept that in the back of their minds when they parted ways after the 2003 season in Philadelphia.

According to, Iverson may be a close to a deal with the Bobcats in which he would reunite with his former Philadelphia 76ers coach who he had a tumultuous relationship with for six seasons.

According to the report, the love-hate relationship of the two seemingly desperate men could resume sometime this week.

Here we have a potential case of two parties in the NBA clearly fulfilling the needs of the other.

At 34-years-old, Iverson has deterred prospective teams after lackluster stops with the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons and is desperately seeking a fresh start somewhere.

On the same token, the young, surging Bobcats, who are coming off their best season in franchise history in 2008-2009, are desperately seeking veteran leadership and a boost in scoring to complement their sturdy defense.

If asked the question in 2003 would Brown ever coach Iverson again in the NBA or would A.I. ever suit up under Brown’s helm again, I would’ve laughed at this possibility.

Although A.I. says he wants a reunion with Brown, and L.B. says he has no problem coaching Iverson again, the truth is they’re both extreme egomaniacs who tolerate each other only for the sake of their own success.

If Iverson or Brown had better viable options this NBA offseason, I’m sure neither would be so quick and willing to embrace this possible reconciliation.

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