A.I. in the A?

A.I. in the A?

The rumor mill has been grinding for two years about how the Hawks are planning to acquire a big name free agent to finally legitimize their playoff chances. The Hawks acquired Joe Johnson last summer in a sign and trade which sent Boris Diaw and a few other commodities to Phoenix and Joe Johnson to Atlanta. Everyone figured though that with the cap room the Hawks have, they were eyeing another big name superstar to finally put some fans in the seats and to finally put a competitive and entertaining team on the court. Now the rumor mill has grinded out Allen Iverson’s name. Yes, the same Allen Iverson who just finished 2nd to Kobe Bryant in scoring at 33 ppg, the same Allen Iverson who has been viewed as an enigma by fans, coaches, and media alike. The same Allen Iverson who along with Chris Webber couldn’t get the Sixers into the Leastern Conference playoffs. Doesn’t sound nearly as pretty as it looks, huh? Kind of like that saying, “she look good from far, but looks far from good”. The Hawks desperately, I mean like virgin-about-to-die wanting to have sex kind of desperate, need a point guard. They have talented players with potential, they just need someone to distribute the ball evenly. Steve Nash would have been perfect for this system, can anyone argue that the Hawks are at least as talented as the Phoenix Suns, if not more? Either way, Nash isn’t available and won’t be, so the current solution is Allen Iverson. Iverson demands and dominates that ball for a large portion of the game, but somehow still managed 7.4 assists per game this past year en route to his highest career scoring average at 33 ppg.

There isn’t any conceivable way that Iverson wouldn’t like it in Atlanta, I mean, he seems like he’s here every other weekend anyways appearing or hosting some party in the A. The Hawks are definitely more talented than the 76ers and have more upside and have salary cap room to acquire players. They also have some salaries that they can dump (i.e. Al Harrington), so they can remain competitive and stay under the cap for possible future deals. A.I. may not be the long term solution, but he’s about 200 times better than anything the Hawks have right now at the point, and that’s the truth, can’t nobody dispute that. He will at the very least add 10-15 wins to this team, and that should be enough to either get them in the playoffs, or put them right on the verge of them. Say what you want about Iverson, he plays harder than anyone else on the court and gives miniscule regard to his body and what happens to it. He may not be the team leader in the lockerroom that the Hawks are looking for, but on the court, there is no other player that leaves as much on the court as A.I. Truth be told, he needs a fresh start too, even though he continues to say the right things about wanting to stay in Philadelphia. By no means is he winning a championship there, so why not go to a team on the rise brimming with potential? I’m seeing at least an 8th seed in the Leastern Conference, and maybe even higher than that if other players step up like Josh Smith and Josh Childress. Can’t you just imagine a Iverson and Johnson backcourt? That would be one of the best backcourts in the league. There is too much opportunity and revenue in Atlanta for the Hawks not to be competitive. If A.I. comes, then Philips Arena will be packed and the place will be loud. The only time it’s packed now is when an opposing team of some stature or celebrity comes to town (i.e. Miami Heat, Lakers, etc). Do the deal Woodson and Hawks management….we fans need some hope…

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