Rashad McCants, Delonte West And Allen Iverson Don’t Walk Onto A Court…

Basketball, The Rev — By on January 30, 2013 at 1:00 am

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Monday, my boy Josh retweeted this:

Yes, apparently the Texas Legends, the NBA Developmental League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks, are interested in signing Allen Iverson to join a roster that already includes former NBAers Delonte West, Rashad McCants, Luther Head, Sean Williams, Sean Singletary and Melvin Ely. It’s already one of the most intriguing and insane collections of talent the D-League has ever seen. And if you add Allen Iverson? Shit, I’d be tempted to watch more Legends games than Philadelphia 76ers games.

I mean, could you imagine Iverson joining the enigmatic Delonte West and mercurial Rashad McCants down in the Lone Star State? This would be the greatest thing that could possibly happen to the D-League, and the Legends would instantly become a team I’d follow religiously.

You have Allen Iverson, my favorite Philadelphia 76er of my lifetime who won scoring titles, an MVP and an Eastern Conference Championship by carrying a squad of defensive-minded laborers on his shoulders. Then there is Delonte West, one half of one of the greatest backcourts in NCAA history, playing Batman to Jameer Nelson’s Superman at St. Joe’s here in Philadelphia. While Jameer was rightfully the National Player of the Year, the Hawks would never have been anywhere close to as good without the shy kid from the Beltway playing some impeccable basketball. And, of course, there’s Rashad McCants, the former North Carolina star whose moody attitude helped get Matt Doherty fired (along with Doherty’s coaching miscues) but whose ability helped lead the Tar Heels to a National Championship with new coach Roy Williams and running mates Raymond Felton, Sean May and Marvin Williams.

That’s a lot of talent on the floor right there, especially when you factor in the lethal shooting of Luther Head, one of my favorite Big Ten ballers ever, not to mention Philadelphia’s own Sean Singletary and the tantalizing yet unfulfilled potential of Sean Williams.

But beyond the pure basketball entertainment, think about all of the tremendous craziness that could occur with this fine group. You have Delonte and all his personalities, including the one who drives up the highway on an ATV with an arsenal of weapons and the other who likes to freestyle rap about KFC in the greatest YouTube video of all time.

You have McCants, a player who was so alone in his own world that he focused on things like poetry seemingly more than developing his game. Oh, and he also inspired a brief Free Darko spinoff called Free Rashad due to his enigmatic nature, which showcased his own freestyling.

Then of course there is Iverson and all his baggage. 40 Bars. Practice. Marital disputes. Legal issues. Gambling. Divorce. Not to mention his youthful indiscretions.

Add in the troubles of Sean Williams and you never know what could transpire with this bunch. We could have a veteran-heavy, NBA-experienced D-League team that could potentially dominate. We could have a group of egos too large to fit onto one court. We could have crazy parties and multiple arrests. We could have a collaborative rap album or free-styling book of poetry. We could have a mutiny and an all-out brawl. The sky really is the limit.

All I know is if Rashad McCants, Delonte West and Allen Iverson walk onto a court together, anything is possible. And I mean anything. The pure thought of it had me excited beyond belief.

Sadly, it’s not meant to be, at least not right now, as Iverson has declined the invitation, for whatever reason. So I guess Rashad McCants, Delonte West and Allen Iverson don’t walk onto a court together, robbing us all of what could have been.

Rev. P. Revere

Reverend Paul Revere, aka Joe Boland, is a sports blogger out of Philadelphia whose life revolves around sports 365 and a quarter days per year. Keep up with Rev at his own personal blog, The House That Glanville Built and on Twitter.

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    3 Comments

  • Joe Simmons says:

    Rev.. Good find here. I would watch.. Hell I already watch. These guys are hooping with a purpose. They are all trying to get back to the show. A lot of people I know despise the D League. My thoughts are simple… “If someone is going to pay you to hoop, you should hoop and take their money.”

    Iverson is a big name though and he needs to play where he can make big money. If he goes back to hooping, he would have to pay all the creditors back that he owes. So he has to be picky. Too bad for us fans though because it would be fun to see a D League team that could beat a few NBA teams in a game.

    • I’d love to see Delonte and/or McCants get another shot in the Association. Delonte was actually a really solid contributor for a lot of years and Rashad definitely has NBA talent, if not quite an NBA game.

  • J. Tinsley says:

    Dammit. Now I’m pissed. This would have been the 96 Bulls, 86 Celtics, 69 Lakers of D-League teams.

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