Nets and Nuggets reportedly reach a deal for Carmelo Anthony

The Denver Nuggets MELO-drama may finally be over heading into All-Star weekend in Los Angeles has reportedly they have made a deal with the New Jersey Nets. Obviously, this situation with Carmelo Anthony is complicated to say the least as a contract extension will have to be signed in order for this deal to go through, but signs are all points who deal that could be made during this All-Star weekend.

A few months ago, the trade rumors involving superstar Carmelo Anthony started to swirl around the league as it was reported that the All-Star forward had no intention of signing the $65 million three-year contract extension with the Denver Nuggets. Once this news surfaced, a lot of teams around the league start to get very interested in arguably one of the best scorers in the NBA.

The first team to show their interest in Carmelo Anthony was the New Jersey Nets. With new Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokorov at the helm of the Nets and a bold statement saying that they will be a title contender in the next five years, New Jersey has become a team that is willing to take bold chances including going after one of the best players in league.

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Of course, the New Jersey Nets weren’t the only team interested in Melo as the New York Knicks and the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers also had interest in acquiring the All-Star forward.

With Melo playing his college basketball with Syracuse and his wife Lala Vasquez working in the Big Apple, the Knicks seem to be the team that would inevitably end up with Anthony as he said he would sign a contract extension if he was traded to New York. The Lakers also heard team that Anthony was willing to sign an extension with, but despite a lot of trade rumors coming out of Los Angeles, the defending champs never seem like a real option for the Denver Nuggets.

Fortunately for New Jersey, they may have been able to convince Denver to make a deal which could have Carmelo Anthony playing in a Nets jersey sooner rather than later.

Reportedly, the New Jersey Nets and the Denver Nuggets have reached a deal, but it all depends on whether or not Carmelo Anthony is willing to sign a contract extension with the team. If Melo doesn’t sign an extension or has no intention to, the deal will fall through and this MELO-drama will start this all over again.

At this point in time, the Denver Nuggets are desperate to make a deal as they stand to lose more than any other team if they can trade Antony before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 24. With that being said, they will be doing everything within their power to get this deal done as fast as possible.

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NBA Trade Rumor: Is Carmelo Anthony headed to Hollywood?

The Denver Nuggets have been surrounded by all sorts of trade rumors over the past couple of months involving their superstar Carmelo Anthony. Most of these rumors have been because the soon to be free agent Carmelo has decided not to sign a contract extension with the Nuggets which would pay him $65 million dollars over the next three years.

With an annual income that will having Melo bringing in $20+ million dollars over the next three years, the money is not the problem, but the location is as the 26 year old All-Star would rather be playing in the Big Apple alongside Amare Stoudemire with the New York Knicks. Not only does Melo believe that he would have a better chance of winning a title with the Knicks, but the Big Apple has a soft spot in his heart as he played his college ball in New York at Syracuse.

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Even though the consensus around the league still seems to be that Melo will end up in New York one way or another, things just started to get very interesting with the two-time NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers showing interest in Carmelo Anthony.

It is no secret that the Lakers have struggled this season in their second straight title defence, but despite being well over .500 with a record of 36-16, they seem to be ready to make another blockbuster deal that could bring another superstar to Hollywood.

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Reportedly, the Lakers finally seem ready to part ways with their promising young center Andrew Bynum. The deal for Carmelo Anthony will be built around Andrew Bynum and possibly some other players like Shannon Brown, Lamar Odom and Nene Hilario.

This is all speculation at this point in time, but with Melo saying that he will not be signing with the Denver after this season, the Nuggets will have to get something done before the Feb. 24 NBA trade deadline.

The Los Angeles Lakers getting involved in the Carmelo Anthony trade talks definitely makes things much more interesting with the NBA trade deadline right around the corner, but even though Melo has said that he would sign an extension with the Lakers, the Knicks still seem to be his most likely destination.

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There is no question that the Lakers have some extremely valuable pieces to offer the Nuggets like Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown, but some people believe that this move might be just a way of making the Knicks offer more for Melo.

If the NBA trade deadline passes and Carmelo Anthony is still in Denver, the Knicks will benefit more than any team involved in these trade talks as they can just sign the All-Star without giving up any of their young players like Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields and Danilo Gallinari. So with that being said, the Knicks seem to be just waiting to see how things pan out, but if Melo ends up in Los Angeles they will have missed out an opportunity to bring another superstar to the Big Apple.

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Nets and Knicks battle it out for Carmelo Anthony

Heading into the All-Star break in Los Angeles this past weekend, all anyone could talk about during the 2011 All-Star weekend at the Staples Center is whether or not the Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony would get traded and where the All-Star forward might end up.

Over the past couple of months, the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks have all been linked to a possible trade for Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets. With the former Syracuse star refusing to sign a three-year $65 million dollar contract extension with the Nuggets earlier in the season, the trade rumors started to circulate around the league involving one of the league’s rising stars.

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Even though Melo has ties to the Big Apple and has already said that he would be more than willing to sign a contract extension with the Knicks if traded to New York, the Nuggets haven’t been satisfied with offers for the 26-year old forward. The New York Knicks have suffered a steady decline ever since the end of the Patrick Ewing era in the Big Apple, but this season they have become a legitimate playoff contender in the Eastern Conference once again after acquiring free agents Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton last summer.

With Stoudemire and Felton making the Knicks relevant again, New York has become a desired destination for big-name players in the NBA once again, but the consensus has been that the Knicks won’t be able to get to the next level without adding another scorer into the mix. Carmelo Anthony fits that description and would love to play for the Knicks, but a deal between the two teams has been hard to agree upon.

Reportedly, the Nuggets are asking a bit too much of the Knicks at this point in time as they want players like Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari and maybe even rookie standout Landry Fields. With the Nuggets seemingly wanting too much from the Knicks, New York has been reluctant to make a deal and as a result the Nets have gotten back into the mix.

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New Jersey has exactly been a place that Melo wants to go, but with the Nets moving to Brooklyn in the next few years, that has sparked some interest. The Knicks may have to rip up their young core of players to get their hands on Anthony, but the Nets are willing to send any of their players to Denver with the exception of center Brook Lopez.

With that being said, the New Jersey Nets seem like the most likely destination for Carmelo Antony at this point in time. If the rumors are true, the Nets will get Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups from the Denver Nuggets and possibly other players from a third team. Melo and Billups are at the core of the deal, but things have been going back and forth so much as of late that anything could happen when a trade finally does go down.

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NBA Playoff Previews – Western Conference

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LA Lakers vs (8) Oklahoma City

Tough match-up for the Lakers. Oklahoma City’s talented young core of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green will wreck havoc on the Lakers’ currently confused defense. There are two things intriguing about this series: Kobe Bryant, the Lakers best player, can be slowed down by the Thunders best defender, Thabo Sefolosha. Sefolosha has the right length to bother Kobe’s jumpers and the right speed to stay in front of him. I can hear Lakers fans saying, “Stopping Kobe in the playoffs? No way!”. Well, this isn’t 2006 Kobe where he was at his physical peak. Remember 2008? 2008 MVP Kobe was stopped by the Boston Celtics in the Finals, so there. Ha! Kobe was held to 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting against the Thunder in the last time these two teams played against each other.

Kevin Durant, the Thunders best player, cannot be contained by the Lakers’ best defender, Ron Artest. Durant has averaged 25 points against the Lakers. Although I’m still giving Artest the benefit of a doubt that he can still shut down one of the league’s best scorers. For all we know Artest may be channeling his inner Dennis Rodman with the blonde ‘do he’s sporting

This series is dubbed as “Durant vs Kobe”, but the real key for the Lakers is Pau Gasol and for the Thunder it’s Russell Westbrook. Nick Collison and Serge Ibaka can’t guard Gasol. It’s up to the Lakers to keep feeding it to the 7-foot Spaniard in the post.

Phil Jackson’s reluctance to curb Derek Fisher’s minutes will be bad for the Lakers. Fisher can’t guard a stationary lamp post and Westbrook is one of the quickest players in the league. The Lakers medical team better give Fisher some goggles to protect his eyes from the dust Westbrook will be leaving in his path. Westbrook exploded against the Lakers in their last regular season game.

The Lakers will have their hands full and will need six down to the wire games to eliminate the Thunder.

Dallas Mavericks vs (7) San Antonio Spurs

The Mavs have the greatest chance of beating the Lakers. They are a complete team and versatile at every position. Their midseason acquisition of Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson have reaped nothing but benefits. On the other flip of the coin, San Antonio’s acquisition of Richard Jefferson has been highly disappointing. Jefferson has been unable to adjust accordingly to Coach Popovich’s system.

Some say never doubt the Spurs in the playoffs, but realistically, their window has already closed. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan have been nagged by injuries and have not played a decent game after the All-Star break. Manu Ginobili has played great the past month but his age (32) and mileage make it hard to believe that he’s ready to take a lot of contact in the playoffs.

Dirk Nowitzki may have a tougher than expected series against the defense of Jefferson. Caron Butler and Jason Terry are the keys for the Mavs.

Dajuan Blair will have a big series for the Spurs, but Duncan and Parker need additional support from George Hill and Antonio McDyess. Don’t be surprised if the Mavericks win the series in five games. Stick a fork in the Spurs, they are done. It’s time to rebuild.

Phoenix Suns vs (6) Portland Trail Blazers

It’s a shame that Brandon Roy’s injury will greatly diminish the Blazers chances to advance to the second round. His presence would’ve made this an exciting series. Instead, we’ll see the Suns run Portland out the gym.

The Blazers don’t have the depth to keep up with the Suns up-and-down game. The return of Leandro Barbosa and Jason Richardson’s great play recently couldn’t come at a better time. The Blazers success will depend heavily on veterans Andre Miller and Marcus Camby, but their old legs will not be enough to outlast the Suns. Suns in five game.

Denver Nuggets vs (5) Utah Jazz

Carmelo Anthony must’ve been smiling on his way to the court for Game 1 against the Jazz. There was no one capable of guarding him after Andrei Kirilenko re-injured his calf strain. Anthony faced a combination of Kyle Korver, CJ Miles and Wesley Matthews and proceeded to drop 42 on the Jazz. The Jazz also had no answer for JR Smith, who scored 18 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. The Nuggets can heat up in a heartbeat and the Jazz found that out in Game 1.

Aside from losing Kirilenko, Mehmet Okur left the second quarter of Game 1 after re-injuring his Achilles’. Even if the Jazz lost to the Nuggets, I still believe this will be a long series. The Jazz have a better coach in Jerry Sloan. He will make the necessary adjustments for Utah. Unlike with the Nuggets, who will miss George Karl sooner rather than later.

Interesting series. The Jazz will come back to win in six games. Carmelo Anthony may be the best player in the series, but Smith’s streak shooting and inconsistency will be detrimental for the Nuggets.

NBA Playoff Preview: Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets

It would be hard to argue that the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers aren’t the team to beat in the Western Conference playoffs as they are stacked with some of the most talented players in the week and led by arguably the best all-around player in Kobe Bryant.

Even though everybody will be looking to the Los Angeles Lakers to repeat as NBA champs or at least come out of the Western Conference and advance to the NBA Finals, there are two teams in the West that might be able to give them a run for their money if given the chance, but only one of them be altogether first round as the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets will do battle.

It has been a somewhat up-and-down season for both of these Western Conference heavyweights as the Denver Nuggets started off incredibly hot the beginning of the season and Carmelo Anthony looked like a legitimate MVP candidate, but in the second half of the season the nuggets have really struggled to put a winner on the floor on a nightly basis and ultimately head into the playoffs as the fifth seed after being the second seed for the majority of the season.

The Utah Jazz on the other hand have had a completely different kind of seasons as they really struggled in the first half of the regular season and began to excel in the second half as both All-Star point guard Deron Williams and power forward Carlos Boozer started to come into their own.

Even though the jazz were in the running for the second seed in the Western Conference, they fell just short in the last couple weeks of the regular season and now have a daunting task ahead of them trying to figure out how to guard both Chauncey Billups and scoring machine Carmelo Anthony.

There were plenty of great duos around the league that extremely tough to guard as he could focus on one and the other one will hurt you like Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol with the defending champs, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili with the San Antonio Spurs or Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups with the Denver Nuggets.

Despite the Denver Nuggets dynamic duo being as tough to guard as any other duo around league, Utah Jazz also had their deadly one-two punch in Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer who will almost certainly try to establish themselves as forces to be reckoned with early in this playoff series.

One big deciding factor in this playoff series between the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz will be the health of Carlos boozer who will be coming into the first game of this series pretty banged up and nurses a strained muscle in his rib cage.

Initially, Boozer was a game time decision for the Utah Jazz, but just recently he has said he will be doing all he can to get on the floor.
Even though I believe that Boozer will fight through this injury and probably put up double-double performances, the result of him not being 100% will be what makes the Denver Nuggets the favorite to come out on top in this series and advance to the next round.

Series Prediction: 4-3 Denver Nuggets

Who is the dark horse in the Western Conference playoffs?

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Unlike the Eastern Conference, all eight teams in the Western Conference playoffs are legit and can compete with the best of the best in the NBA.

Obviously, the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers are the cream of the crop and teams like the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz aren’t far behind them, but there are definitely some teams in the West that are forces to be reckoned with like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns.

Personally, I don’t see any team in the West get the best of the defending NBA champs, even though they are limping into the playoffs, but there are a few teams to keep your eye on when the playoffs get underway.

In the Eastern conference, I believe there are few teams that could surprise some people like the Charlotte Bobcats and the Milwaukee Bucks, but in the West the one team to look out for more than any is the
Denver Nuggets.

At the beginning of this NBA regular season the Denver Nuggets arguably one of the hottest teams in the league as they got off to a quick start and right where they left off as one of the teams to beat in the West.

Unfortunately, despite put up one hell of a fight in the Western Conference finals last season, the Denver Nuggets went home early and the Los Angeles Lakers went on to another NBA title. This season the Nuggets looked prove that they are worthy of the title contender tag as they had the crosshairs set on the Lakers back, but in the second half of the season the nuggets have really started to struggle haven’t really been able to get back on track or to their new title contender status.

When the main reasons for their problems the second half of the season has been the absence of the future Hall of fame head coach George Karl who is battling cancer for the second time in his life.

Fortunately, the type of cancer they Karl is battling is something that he will be able to recover from and possibly recover fast enough for him to be on the sidelines for the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the playoffs if they can advance past the Utah Jazz.

Coming into their first-round matchup with the Utah Jazz the only real concern besides George Karl’s health is Kenyon Martin and whether or not his body will hold a throughout the playoffs. Martin is a big part of the Nuggets defense in arguably the backbone along with Chris “Birdman” Andersen.

If Kenyon Martin cannot stay healthy, I believe the Denver Nuggets will be in serious trouble in the defense of intensity will suffer.

The one thing that the Denver Nuggets might have going for them right now is that the Utah Jazz are also pretty banged up as they will be without possibly two key players in Andrei Kirilenko (out two weeks) and Carlos Boozer (game one game time decision) who is suffering from a strained muscle in his rib cage.

Even though the Utah Jazz will be extremely difficult to beat in a seven-game series in the first round, I believe Carmelo Anthony and company have what it takes and they will advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs.

What’s the key to the Thunder’s sudden resurgence?

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The Thunder will make their first playoff appearance in its young existence. Oklahoma City is currently the sixth seed in the west but are locked in a three-way battle with the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs. Well, it doesn’t really matter what seed they will end up in because the Thunder are young, athletic and skilled, which makes them a very dangerous first-round opponent.

Obviously, their success can be attributed by the sudden explosion of Kevin Durant. Durant went from rising star last season to an MVP candidate. He will likely win his first scoring title this season. Forward Jeff Green is averaging 15 points a ball game and Russell Westbrook is having a career year. These three young guns are a big reason why the Thunder find themselves in the playoffs.

It’s their offense that gets a lot of recognition, but its actually the Thunder’s defense which makes them dangerous. The Thunder allows only 97.6 points a game, which is good enough for 11th in the league. There’s not one individual on Oklahoma City that is a great defender. But as a team the Thunder are a cohesive, effective defensive unit.

Against the highest scoring team in the league, the Phoenix Suns, the Thunder held them to their lowest scoring output in the second half – the Suns scored only 34 points. The young Oklahoma City Thunder also held the Suns under 100 points. Two-time MVP Steve Nash and All-star Amar’e Stoudemire were forced into committing five combined turnovers.

All you need to know about what the Thunder defense did to the Suns offense is this: the Suns shot 58 percent in first and second quarters. After that, Phoenix shot only 31 percent. Durant and Green had seven steals – amazing considering they are both forwards.

This years Thunder reminds us much of last seasons Portland Trail Blazers. Exciting crowd, budding superstar in Durant (in the Blazers case Brandon Roy), and a core group of young talented guys. All of this resulted in first-round fodder.

Durant, in particular, had no turnovers on his way to scoring 35 points. It’s been a joy to watch Durant this season. There are already talks that is he the second best player in the league – yes, in front of Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard. This statement might be a reach considering Durant has played at this level for only one season. Plus, greatness can’t be measured during the season, it is seen where it counts – in the playoffs.

Durant and the Thunder will get the opportunity to prove exactly that as they make their first playoff appearance in history.

George Karl to miss the first round of the playoffs for the Denver Nuggets

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The NBA has some of the best basketball coaches in the country as it is the highest level of basketball and the dream of most of coaches to walk the sidelines in the league.

When you think of the greater head coaches in the NBA names like Greg Popovich, Phil Jackson and George Karl start to come up, but being a great head coach comes with a lot of practice and a lot of time so rarely do you see a great NBA head coach who is young or inexperienced.

All three of the head coaches I mentioned have records of their own and are currently leading NBA franchises as we speak, but one of those coaches is going through a pretty tough time right now as he is battling cancer for the second time in his life.

George Karl has flown relatively under the radar over the past few years as his Denver Nuggets have them mailed to get the job done in the playoffs, but last season they put themselves back on the map after they made a trade which brought Chauncey Billups to the mile high city and completely turn around the franchise.

This recent success the Denver Nuggets have gone from a playoff bound team to a title contender, which is impressive to say the least especially with all the egos on that team, George Karl has pulled off nicely and could be the recipient of an NBA title sometime in the near future.

Unfortunately, even though his throat and neck cancer diagnosis is beatable he will not be able to coach his Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs which could prove to be extremely crucial as the team has struggled ever since losing their head coach to this horrible disease.

It’s almost an absolute certainty that George Karl will beat this disease for the second time, but whether or not he’ll be able to coach his team in the playoffs is another question altogether as it seems at this point in time Carmelo Anthony and company are really struggling to get things together at the most crucial point in the NBA season.

It’s uncertain where the Denver Nuggets will end up conceding in the Western Conference as the second seed could go to one of four teams right now, but even though they don’t know they’re seeding the competition will be tough as they will have to face a team like the San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers or the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs.

Ironically enough, the one time that they need their leader on the sidelines is the one time they won’t have and it just might result in another first-round exit for the Denver Nuggets in a disappointing end to a promising season for one of the best teams in the league.

Even though they won’t have George Karl sideline in the first round, the Denver Nuggets will be tough to be and a force to be reckoned with in the West, but I won’t be surprised to see and get bumped out earlier than expected.

Can the Denver Nuggets go the distance without George Karl?

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Staff Writer: Ryan Ward

Last season marked a turnaround for the Denver Nuggets franchise as they went from a perennial playoff team to a legitimate title contender for the foreseeable future.

When the Denver Nuggets made a trade involving four-time scoring champion Allen Iverson teams sent to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for hometown boy Chauncey Billups, there was a lot of speculation on whether or not it is a good move. Both of these players on the tail end of their NBA careers as they are not getting any younger, but at the time the trade was made both of them were arguably amongst the best players in the league at the positions.

Few years before this trade, many people believed the Denver Nuggets would be one of the best teams in the league like they are now with Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony playing alongside each other. The two dynamic scorers were deadly one-two punch for the Denver Nuggets, but the defense suffered and was ultimately their undoing as they could light up the scoreboard but couldn’t stop anybody.

This posed serious problem for the Denver Nuggets as they got a little tired the first round exits in the playoffs which prompted them to make a deal for Chauncey Billups in order to get more of a floor general or legitimate point guard to lead the Denver Nuggets offense player also lead the defense.

As a result, the Denver Nuggets saw success very quickly as they went from just another playoff team in the Western Conference to legitimate title contender were able to get all the way to the Western Conference finals against the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Ultimately, Carmelo Anthony and company lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals, but they did not go down without a fight as they took the series to six games and could quite possibly have been on the way to their first NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic.

The one difference was the experience Lakers had compared to lack thereof of the Nuggets. This season the Nuggets have been working on doing anything they can to be able to make it to the NBA Finals when they get the opportunity by gaining as much experience possible here on out.

As of right now, the Denver Nuggets are the three seed in the Western Conference and are looking pretty good with Carmelo Anthony having arguably one of his best seasons of his NBA career and Chauncey Billups doing same.

Unfortunately, head coach George Karl can’t say the same as he has been stricken with cancer, but has neglected to leave the game because of it and will do all he can to be placed team side every step of the way.

Despite George Karl not wanting to leave the game, which is admirable, he does have to go through treatment in order to conquer this which in turn will result in a missing time and leading his team in the hands of assistant head coach Adrian Dantley.

Without George Karl patrolling the sidelines for the Denver Nuggets, the team could go in one of two directions. They could use it as motivation to win in honor of their future Hall of fame head coach or they could ultimately fall apart due to lack of guidance from sideline.

Even though it could quite possibly go either way, I believe the Denver Nuggets were using as motivation and will be extremely dangerous team when the playoffs come around.

It is yet to be seen whether or not they can beat the Los Angeles Lakers a seven-game series, but the chances are much better than they were last year and they could give them a run for their money.

The Allen Iverson saga continues

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There is no doubting that 11-time All-Star Allan Iverson is amongst the best players ever to play this game. Standing at just 6 feet tall, if that, the former Georgetown great lit up the scoreboard on a nightly basis in his rookie year and became the undisputed leader of the Philadelphia 76ers faster than anyone had anticipated.

Not only did Iverson quickly turn into one of the best scorers in the league, but he was able to eventually turn around the Philadelphia 76ers franchise into a title contender and took the struggling team all the way to the NBA finals against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001.

Unfortunately, Iverson and company weren’t able to beat one of deadliest combos of all time in Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal as the only to one games in the NBA finals series in Kobe and Shaq went on to win their second straight NBA title.

Reaching the NBA finals and winning the NBA MVP was the peak of Allen Iverson’s career as he never was able to accomplish the same feat again and the Philadelphia 76ers as a result quickly slipped into mediocrity once again. Iverson also had his four-time scoring champion, but after the trade would in which sent him to the Denver Nuggets to play alongside up-and-coming superstar Carmelo Anthony, Iverson went from being the go to guy to somewhat of a complementary player with a unique scoring ability.

The Denver Nuggets were a very good team with Iverson in the lineup and playing alongside Carmelo Anthony, but they were far from a great team suffered many first-round exits in the playoffs and never became the team that people thought they would be with all the offensive firepower on their roster.

Ultimately, as a result of the Nuggets up enough to get it done with the future Hall of fame guard and Allan Iverson and Carmelo Anthony, Denver had to make a decision on which player to keep in which player to send packing in order to revamp the team and get to the next level in order to compete in the playoffs.

Obviously the Denver Nuggets did not want to get rid of Carmelo Anthony as he is still a very young player with a lot of potential and upside. With that being said it was a no-brainer that they had to get rid of Allen Iverson and seek a trade that would improve their basketball team.

Fortunately for the Nuggets, they were able to convince the Detroit Pistons to send Chauncey Billups to Denver in exchange for Allen Iverson. This trade completely turned around the Nuggets franchise as they reach the Western Conference finals the very same year, but the same could not be said for Iverson’s career as it has never recovered.

Ever since the trade, Iverson has bounced from team to team (Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers) and looks like he will ultimately retire from the game of basketball.

Recently Iverson signed with his former team in the Philadelphia 76ers look to rejuvenate his career there where he has been extremely loyal fan following, but due to the illness of his four-year-old daughter, which is undisclosed, Iverson had cut his season short and might not return to the 76ers next season.

Once it was reported that Iverson would not finish out the year with Philly everything started to go downhill as his wife filed for divorce and now speculation about drinking and gambling problem for certain circulate around the league.

It is uncertain whether or not Allen Iverson will play another minute in the NBA, but as of right now is not looking very good as he is dealing with all sorts of problems off the court.