The Way I See It, the Sixers are destined for mediocrity once again because of their insistence in keeping their so-called "superstar." By the time you read this Allen Iverson may be 76er history, but I doubt it. He's the draw and 76er fans appear to be more enthralled in watching an individual gain high statistics in a specific category than their team win a division, conference or national championship. Last Wednesday's game was a classic example of 76er ineptitude. After holding a commanding lead following the first half, the 76ers forgot what separated them from the opposition early and played a playground style of basketball that eventually led to a 100-92 loss to a team providing the foundation in the southeast division, the Charlotte Bobcats.
According to a story in the Daily Local News by Caryl Kauffman, the Sixers were not patient on the offensive side of the court and did not rebound well in the second half.
Kauffman didn't specifically place a selfish style of play on any one player, but Iverson was 9-for-28 from the floor. That's a 32-percent completion rate. AI tied Kyle Korver with a team-high 20 points, but Korver was 7-for-13 from the floor, with five treys. Incidentally, Iverson was 0-for-5 from beyond the arc.
Iverson is a talented player, but he's a selfish talented player that believes he's the only 76er that can get it done. I'm of the impression Chris Webber doesn't agree and Webber is making that point known more and more. Iverson may have led the team in assists against the Bobcats with six, but Charlotte's Brevin Knight dished out 14 to take game honors. That's more than half of what the 76er floor captain managed.
My love of the Boston Celtics has waned over the years, and although I'm not a big fan of professional basketball, the 76ers draw my interest. I love watching Korver, Andre Iguodala and Samuel Dalembert, who incidentally hit on 7-of-9 shots against Charlotte.
The time is now to make the change. The 76ers need to unload their captain while he's still got some value. His 33.6 points per game average may impress some, but Philadelphia rising above the New Jersey Nets in the Atlantic Division will float my boat.