Do you seriously believe that Iverson hurt this team? Because if you do, then this argument is over. You maybe perhaps the only person who watched that team to believe this to be true. Mutombo was in the prime of his career and a great, yes, but the rest of them? Please. McKie was a fine NBA player, but hardly a distinguishable one in his era or at his position. George Lynch was, as you said, a career 6th man. Tyrone Hill was, again, a solid NBA player who was at the end of his career. Kukoc was a bench player at that point in his career, and Eric Snow was a solid PG who fit perfectly into Brown's system, but was nowhere near one of the top guards in the NBA. This was a collection of journeymen and solid, aged veterans that Iverson single-handedly lead to the Finals. Hell, Iverson even won them a game in the Finals by himself.
This has to be one of the most remarkably ill-informed pronouncements I've seen since Dewey defeats Truman.
Mutombo made the AS team 8 times. That's correct. 8 times. Hill made it once and played 14 NBA seasons. McKie played 13 years in the NBA and started around 7 or 8 of those. George Lynch was a key member of a NCAA national champtionship team and spent 12 years in the NBA as a valuable and versatile 6th man. Toni Kukoc was a key man on 3 NBA title teams. Eric Snow had a 13 year career and started about 6 or 7 seasons.
You know, I'd like to continue this discussion with all of you. But if you are going to display such abject ignorance of simple facts, then there's really no point. You can just go on believing that Allan Iverson really is a great player and blame all his failures on the lack of talent around him, facts be damned. If you want to be delusional, that's your choice, I suppose.
I am not sure how you can call yourself a basketball fan and not recognize Iverson's greatness. Is he flawed? Of course, but the fact remains the he is one of the greatest scorers in the history of the NBA, while also having very good all-around skills and incredible toughness.
Edited by eddiew112, 05 November 2008 - 01:39 AM.