Friday, December 7, 2007

In Appreciation of The Answer

There are a lot of people who don't like the NBA. When you ask them why, a common answer is that it has to do with "guys like Allen Iverson." I'm not sure what that means, but I wish there were more NBA players like Allen Iverson. I've never seen anyone play as hard, as consistently as Iverson. Every game.

Last night, I watched the Nuggets manhandle the Mavericks with several guys hurt and Carmelo Anthony struggling. Iverson had 35 points (on 12-19 shooting), 12 assists, 6 steals, and a rebound for good measure. More importantly, he kept putting so much pressure on the Mavs by pushing the ball, they were never able to develop any kind of defensive presence.

This was supposed to be the year The Answer started to slip. The theory went that his quickness wouldn't hold up and he wouldn't be as good once it disappeared. Well, it hasn't happened yet. Do yourself a favor and catch a Nuggets game. You'll see one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

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