Allen Iverson made his Memphis Grizzlies debut on Monday and it wasn’t as a starter. Iverson was not happy about this and let it be known stating, “I had a problem with my butt from sitting on the bench so long…that’s the only thing I had a problem with.” Iverson played only 17 minutes, where he scored 11 points. He added 18 points in 28 minutes last night, so he is averaging 23 minutes per game in his first two games this season. Now Iverson should definitely be getting more than 23 minutes a game, but I’m not so sure Iverson should be starting. Didn’t he learn anything while with the Pistons? He is not going to start over O.J. Mayo at shooting guard and he is not a true point guard, so he wont start over Conley. What he can do is accept his role and thrive under it. He could be a great scoring option of the bench, bringing a spark to the offense. He should get 30-35 minutes a game off the bench and play down the stretch when it matters. Iverson said, “go look at my resume, it will show you that I’m not a sixth man.” Iverson needs to realize that he is a 34-year old 6-footer who is not the same player he was a few years ago. Yes, he can still light it up, but he is nowhere near the player he once was. The Grizzlies and Iverson need to come to a middle ground before he poisons this team. They are 1-4 now though, so I may be siding with Iverson as the starter soon if things don’t improve.
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