What is the Answer About Iverson?You have probably heard the reports that the Philadelphia 76ers are trying to trade Allen Iverson. You probably have also heard that Iverson may or may not be injured and may or may not have been able to play in last night's game against the Washington Wizards; the team held Iverson out and the 76ers squandered a 20 point lead, losing 113-98. So why haven't I made a lengthy post about where Iverson will end up and what it means? Simple--there is not a story yet, other than the facts that I listed above. I don't understand why it is necessary to speculate about things that are not yet known. Why not simply report the news as it happens and analyze it then? ESPN spent more time during last night's coverage talking about what might happen with Iverson than actually covering the two games that it telecast, in the process making at least one embarrassing mistake. Sam Smith writes in today's edition of the Chicago Tribune that ESPN reporter Jim Gray was "duped" by an "imposter" when he reported that Iverson had told him that Iverson said he would like to be traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. What, was Rich Little on line one? What is the rush to report a story that isn't even a story? We're not talking about potentially life saving information that the public needs to know immediately (not that misreporting such information would be such a great service, either, but at least in that case a sense of urgency could be understood). I am very interested to see where Iverson lands and what that move will mean not only for his new team but also for the Sixers as well--but I will wait to analyze the deal until there is actually a deal to analyze.
posted by David Friedman @ 1:43 PM