We knew this day was coming.
Allen Iverson, affectionately known around the NBA and its fans as “The Answer,” hasn’t played a professional game since January 8, 2011. Yet, anytime he walks in front of the media and a microphone, it is bound to be an emotional experience.
Such was the case Wednesday as Iverson officially announced his retirement.
The NBA tweeted the announcement.
It was quite obvious something wasn’t right last season in Lakers nation. An elite starting five that had many experts expecting a championship off the bat, but it wasn’t the lack of individual play that made the Lakers non-contenders, it was their chemistry that was out in left field.
Antawn Jamison spent last season with the Lakers, the majority of that time on the bench. But the 15-year NBA veteran saw greater opportunity elsewhere this summer, signing a one-year deal worth $1.4 million on Wednesday with the Clippers.
Jamison appeared on ESPN 710 in Los Angeles and was very open to commenting on his former team.
The veteran opened up about his view of Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard’s relationship.
Of the 13 NBA head coaching vacancies this summer, twelve were filled by July 3rd.
Having a head coach is important to the development of young players—as they need to acclimate themselves to the coach’s system and prove they deserve to make the regular season roster. So, it only makes sense that teams would want to have the position filled before beginning the talent evaluation process that is the NBA’s summer league.
A week after the summer league’s conclusion and the Philadelphia 76ers stand alone as the only team in the NBA without a head coach.
Their search could soon be over, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Y! Sources: Portland assistant David Vanterpool has emerged as a serious candidate in Sixers head coaching search. http://t.co/1A2DPuigGM
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 29, 2013
Vanterpool has only one season of experience as an NBA assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers. However, he spent the previous five years as an assistant to well-respected Euroleague coach Ettore Messinai with CSKA Moscow.
The Sixers have come taken some hits from prominent media members, including former Sixers’ star Charles Barkley, for taking so long in their efforts to hire a coach.
Perhaps the long search will soon be over. Even so, Sixers GM Sam Hinkie seems content to keep Philly fans waiting.
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Before we begin our journey up to the 2013 NBA Draft, I personally believe it is very important to get a brief history lesson when it comes to previous drafts. Here were a few proposition bets prior to last years NBA Draft for a decent brief comparison:
Anthony Davis was the unanimous selection to go number one in the draft, which was made obvious by the fact that you had to lay almost $5,000 to win $100.
When it came to the second pick, a little more confusion was brought to the table.