Iverson will be one of four captains putting a team together in the four-team tournament. The winners of the two games on Nov. 12 will play in a championship game the next day. He announced Wednesday his stacked team is expected to include Kevin Durant(notes), Amar’e Stoudemire(notes), Paul Pierce(notes), Joe Johnson(notes),Wholesale nfl jerseys Zach Randolph(notes), Andre Iguodala(notes), Rudy Gay(notes), Jamal Crawford(notes), Thaddeus Young(notes), Shannon Brown(notes) and former NBA player Larry Hughes(notes). Other players expected to participate – provided the lockout isn’t over and players aren’t having to report to camp – include Monta Ellis(notes), Jimmer Fredette(notes), Stephen Jackson(notes), David Lee(notes), James Harden(notes), Tyreke Evans(notes), Derrick Williams(notes), Al Harrington(notes), Kemba Walker(notes) and Klay Thompson(notes).
“I wanted organizations to see me play and see what I can do on a high level against high-level people,” Iverson said.
Iverson’s accomplishments on the court merit his inclusion in the Basketball Hall of Fame. He’d just like to put one final stamp on his legacy that isn’t drenched in drama.
“It’s not where I want it to be,” Iverson said of his career. “When it does end, it’s going to end on a much better note than this right here. This is not the way it’s going to end. Even if I do have to go overseas to play in a competitive situation, it’s not going to end like this.
“I’m not going to let it end like this, and I don’t want it to end like this. My first step is doing everything I have to do to get back to that [NBA] level. But if that’s something that God doesn’t want from me, then that’s that.”
As the National Basketball Association's lockout hits 119 days,Cheap mlb jerseys players are in cramped college gyms instead of palatial arenas and top stars are earning hundreds of thousands of dollars instead of many millions.
Welcome to the players' temporary economy. As they barnstorm at unusual venues and tap revenue streams outside the security of the NBA, it is far from certain that their independent exhibitions are a financial success.
Due to the labor dispute, the NBA has canceled its entire preseason, which was scheduled to start on Oct. 9, as well as the first two weeks of the regular season, which would have opened on Nov. 1. The league has suggested that the next two weeks of the regular season are likely to be canceled soon.
Now, in response to the missed paychecks and workouts, NBA players have taken to putting on star-studded exhibitions that are akin to seeing rapper Jay-Z at a basement show. Games at the University of Pennsylvania's Palestra and a gym at Florida International University became sensations, but as the lockout drags on, players are shifting their focus: They are trying to earn money.
LeBron James drove past Carmelo Anthony, left, and Chris Paul at a Miami exhibition earlier this month.
On Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, players such as Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks will play the most ambitious exhibition of the lockout, taking the court in an 18,000-seat building for what they hope becomes an international tour that includes London, Australia and China.