Allen Iverson hopes to play in China
Updated: 2012-04-28 11:21
By Yan Weijue (chinadaily.com.cn)
Following in his arch rival Stephon Marbury's footsteps, former NBA superstar Allen Iverson is seriously considering joining the Chinese basketball market.
Iverson confirmed on Thursday that he will seek to talk with some Chinese basketball clubs and hopes that there is an opportunity for him to play somewhere in the country, according to Modern Express.
Some media reported earlier that he could sign with the Fujian SBS.
Iverson arrived in Shanghai on Thursday for a two-week promotional basketball tour, where he will team up with other NBA stars including Dennis Rodman, Clyde Drexler, Shawn Kemp to play against three Chinese Basketball Association teams in seven games. The first leg is in Cixi, Zhejiang province on April 28, and the showdown is between the US Legends and the CBA champion Beijing Ducks.
One employee from the organizing committee of the tour revealed that the eagerness of the former NBA's Most Valuable Player in the 2000-2001 season and four-time scoring champion is inspired by the tremendous success of his old foe Stephon Marbury, who led the Ducks to their first-ever CBA title last season.
It makes Iverson's possible stay – a long-term one – in China more intriguing as the 37-year-old was spotted wearing a Chinese sports brand T-Shirt – Qiaodan - at a dinner party on Friday night.
Drafted as the No 1 pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996, Iverson played 14 years in the NBA, averaging 26.7 points. He was deemed as one of the best shooting guards in the league's history. He played for the club of Beşiktaş Milangaz in Turkey in the 2009-10 season.