Can Allen Iverson Lead From The Rear?

December 31st, 2009 by Harrison Moore Leave a reply »

It wasn’t too long ago that Iverson was included in the unending “best player in the game” debate.  With his scoring touch, excellent pass lane defense, other-worldly handles and unique play-making style, it wasn’t very difficult to see why.

But the assets which he prided himself in became tools for media mud-slinging and very nearly black-balled him out of the NBA altogether. Time and again, he had been labeled as selfish, a locker room cancer, a thug, and even unproductive.

But nobody ever accused Iverson of being a leader.

When needed, a leader instantly changes the culture of the team he’s playing with. Though Iverson had accomplished this in his original stint with the Sixers, those days were long forgotten, even swept under a rug. Instead, what people chose to focus on was his failure to change the culture with the last three teams he played for.< ...

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