Shaquille O’Neal, Tracy McGrady, & Allen Iverson: End Of the Line?

July 28th, 2010 by CyberCosmiX Leave a reply »

Tracy McGrady. Allen Iverson. Shaquille O'Neal.

Each is probably better known to NBA fans by their iconic nicknames: T-Mac, AI, Shaq.

Three legendary players each in their own right. Three of the most marketable, recognizable faces of the last decade. Three of the most talented players we've seen.

There is one more similarity, all three are currently unemployed NBA veterans facing the prospects of no team offering them a contract.

Could this be the end of the line for these three players?

Looking for an initial reason, one can see another common thread similarly linking those three, all have gained a reputation of being a malcontent and destabilizing presence on teams.

Of the three, Iverson is probably the least likely to be employed by an NBA team. You can trace Iverson's decline back to the November, 2008 trade that sent him to the Detroit Pistons. Almost immediately, he started clashing with Pistons coach Michael Curry, and although there was some initial success, the Pistons soon began losing games at a faster rate than they had been with fan-favorite Chauncey Billups. Iverson's play, though, ...

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