I had a friend growing up with the last name Iverson and his father said it was a Danish surname that meant “son of Iver” — Sold! Now that Allen Iverson has parted ways with the Memphis Grizzlies, we can go ahead and make light of his last name. Prior to him walking, the Iverson Experience was a touchy subject. It was only a matter of time before AI walked and/or changed Mike Conley’s Memphis fridge calendar so that Jr. didn’t know which days to show up at the stadium. Sneaky!
Of course I kid. Frank Isola gave us a big heads up. The Knicks and Donnie Walsh are looking to meet with/discuss Iverson over the next 48 hours. Oh what fun that would be!
Greg touched on the Stephen Jackson trade yesterday, so I’ll only note that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Jackson started last night for the Bobcats (boy that was quick!) and put up a typical Jackson line: 45 min, 13 points, 4-of-14 fg, 9 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, and a trey. Stephen Jackson, everyone.
Rashard Lewis returned to action last night and found himself in the starting lineup, playing 35 minutes and missing all six of his 3-point attempts. Muscles. Lewis did score 10 and pick up two rebounds and an assist. Give him time. It’s only fair.
Jason Kidd almost triple-doubled last night in an overtime win against the Bucks — Dirk with the winner!! Kidd had nine points, 10 rebounds, and 17 assists. I have J-Kidd in the Damn Lies league, so of course I’m going to gloat.
Ersan Ilyasova and his 19 points (4 treys) and 12 rebounds weren’t enough to beat Dallas. Who was that masked man? I believe Jeff and I have both named Ilyasova a waiver add in the past few weeks. Not sayin’… just sayin’.
Rudy Fernandez took Travis Outlaw’s gig and Fernandezized it. He came off the bench to score 19 points, drain 4 treys and pick 4 steals. Martell Webster was quiet, leaving me to believe that Fernandez is the guy to add in Outlaw’s honor.
Joe Johnson went all max-contract on the Blazers last night scoring eight of his game-high 35 in the overtime period. I bring up the “max contract” because Johnson may be one of the “quietest” max guys in the game. He deserves a fantasy max, but a reality one? Debate.
Josh Smith kept his 11-game block streak going with three more last night. He’s good.
I almost forgot to mention that Flip Murray had 31 points. I vowed always to mention Flip when he dropped 30-plus. I’m a man of my words. Does it look like D.J. Augustin is the real loser in this Jackson trade to anyone else? How many Felton-Augustin sets are we going to see? And how often is Jackson going to play fewer than 40 minutes?
Troy Murphy is questionable tonight.
Pau Gasol is questionable tonight.
My chances of getting “action” tonight are OUT. So don’t start them.
I should post a link now: Tamer Chamma and I talked to Adrian Wojnarowski on the podcast last night just hours after the Iverson/Jackson stuff broke. He had a lot of interesting things and insider-y things to say: http://rotoradio.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/353/