Allen Iverson, the mercurial ex-NBA All Star guard, has fallen from the graces of basketball lore to near obscurity. After some recent headlines over unpaid bills along with passing on a NBA D-League opportunity, it appears a glimmer of hope remains for the former Sixers player to re-enter the world of professional sports after an offer was made to Iverson…to play indoor soccer.
The Major Indoor Soccer League team Rochester Lancers has offered the Hampton, VA native a chance to play with their team at a whopping $20K per game with a potential $5K bonus for each goal scored, reports Philadelphia news station NBC10. Over the weekend, Lancers VP Rich Randall sees something in Iverson that NBA GMs once saw in his basketball game.
“Allen Iverson is one of the premier athletes of our time,” Lancers vice president Rich Randall said via a press release. “With his athleticism and competitive hunger, I think he can be a great fit with our team and fans as we make an important playoff push, while also driving interest to an exciting, growing sport.”
Although Iverson was a star basketball and football player in high school, he’s never been known to play soccer. However, Randall thinks Iverson would be perfect for his team and an obvious media coup for the New York-based team.
Iverson hasn’t played pro ball since a stint overseas in Turkey in 2010-11. With Iverson’s garnishment issues over unpaid funds for jewelry, it isn’t as if Iverson couldn’t use the money to pay off his debt. But at 36, Iverson has a lot of miles on a battle-weary body and soccer is one of the more physically grueling sports around.
There’s also that pesky thing called practice. Fans should know how Iverson feels about that.