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God told Allen Iverson to sign with... Memphis?

A blog last week headlined "Allen Iverson's Advice to America's Youth: 'Don't Try to be Like Allen Iverson'" featured an interview in which the former Nugget told ex-teammate Eric Snow that his desire for a championship outweighed considerations such as whether he'd start or come off the bench. Well, never mind. Iverson's reportedly signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, a team that's got about as much chance of taking the NBA title this season as the Broncos have of winning the Super Bowl. Iverson broke this news in the modern way, via his Twitter feed -- and he was so excited that he took two tweets instead of just one. First, he wrote, "God chose Memphis as the place that I will continue my career. I met with Mr. Heinsley, Chris Wallace and my next head coach Lionel Hollins." A short time later, he added, "I feel that they are committed to developing a winner and I know that I can help them to accomplish that. I feel that I can trust them."

That'd be nice for Iverson's sake. He earned the affection of Nuggets fans while he was here even though he wasn't able to help the team get past the first round in the playoffs; it took Chauncey Billups, obtained in a trade for A.I., to make that happen. Still, his move to Memphis is unlikely to have a happy ending, or to be his final destination.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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