Forget the question
By now, the buzz has already hit the streets of Miami. Riley wants Iverson. Pocket sports jocks all had an opinion.
Do you think this man cares?
First off, not a mention of not needing to tinker. Everyone thought it premature to do it last year, and we all saw how well that turned out for the Heat.
Others question trading Dorell Wright. Many call it a pipe-dream. Same fools who carooned Caron Butler as too costly for Shaq, or felt that Riley didn't have enough to get Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, and the Big Fella.
By now, we should all realize that if Riley manages to somehow rob/invade the Sixers of Iverson for a Doggie Bag, you can finally plant him gloriously at the apex of Basketball executives in the modern area. No one has been able acquire as many HOFers for peanuts. Is it going to happen? Who are we to question whether Riley can get the Sixers to pull the trigger.
He’s already courting the Answer. Riles is making his hard-on for AI well known, and with funnels like Stephen A. Smith around to convert news into reality, it isn’t out of the question that one of the spare, used parts of the Heat championship roster can go north to toil for Mo Cheeks. You don’t want to have AI moody.
But this isn’t about Riley. Or if this trade is going down, which it certainly could be.
No, this has vast implications that could result in a titanic shift in where we focus our passion for style.
Watch the Suns. They look like a slew of well oiled athletes that do a good job of working in unison, and marching/pacing along together.
Who else do you love? Before long people are going to be clammoring about the Knicks and how well they rebound.
D-Wade, AI and the Diesel could form a roster considered one of the most compelling in the history of basketball. MJ, Pippen and Rodman are no comparison... neither the tree men of 80s Celtics, 8 wonders of 60s Celtics and the excess of Showtime compares.
How Iverson potentially plays with Wade, Shaq and the 11 year old kid from Notre Dame should leave us all in agape wonder. Does that mean you want the trade to happen? It’s a bright thought outside an otherwise morbid story that is more disappointing than the Artest fiasco.
Get past the resentment of last year’s finals. Hold the idea in your heart for a moment and wonder watching bruising style in form. Shaq is on worn treads, but still commands the post. Wade apparently is both invisible and able to fly - and we all know what AI brings. Beat him with wooden bats and he’ll still sink a dagger from long range. The purest heart of a Champion and a guard who we hope should never stop playing..
I wanted to see him with KG and the Wolves. The Nuggets seems like a waste of time. I’m not that greedy to wish him for Miami, but know that the implications will make me recoil and redirect my focus even in the uncaring afterglow of the title run.
It might be time to pony up and finish planning the tattoo of Riles’ book cover for the small of my back. The man will deserve a fancy tramp stamp if he delivers again.