Former NBA Most Valuable Player Allen Iverson says he’ll play for anyone as long as it gets him back in the league, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Iverson, 36, played overseas with Besiktas of the Turkish Basketball League last season after being unable to find an NBA team to sign on with. The 10-time All-Star, however, says that with family issues that left him distracted over the past two seasons now behind him, he’s ready to focus on returning to the NBA.
“That wasn’t me at all,” Iverson told Yahoo!. “Obviously, I was dealing with the situation with my daughter and going through a divorce, and I wasn’t there mentally. In my career those last couple years were so hard for me because I wasn’t there. Mentally, I wasn’t there.”
It was reported this week that Iverson is set to host a two-day professional basketball tournament in Las Vegas called the “Las Vegas Superstar Challenge.” The event is set to take place at the Thomas and Mack Center Nov. 12-13, and may provide the former star an avenue to display his remaining abilities.
During his prime, Iverson was one of the best scorers in league history. Between 1999 and 2005 he led the league in scoring five times, averaging over 30 points scored per game four times. Despite his dominance however, he has never won an NBA title.