Sunday, January 08, 2006

Iverson wants to rule at Olympic Games

Allen Iverson is a favorite of the fans to enhance USA team at the 2008 Olympics. His performance against the Jazz last week was great enough to leave us with no doubt.

Despite the Jazz's victory 108-102 over the 76ers, Allen Iverson played as well as anybody can possibly play. He scored 37 points, and that's a usual good thing. What's more, Iverson showed an amazing eagerness to defend, distribute the ball, and put his teammates in position to help win the game.

Iverson had steals on back-to-back possessions that nearly killed the Jazz. To make it clear, he had two assists and - of course - a couple of huge baskets.

Against Utah, Iverson showed an olympic level during all the game, which is why he should be a member of USA squad.

However, he followed his performance against Utah with 15-for-48 shooting in back-to-back games at Phoenix and Sacramento. Anyway, Iverson has never played better than he has this season.

He's averaging 33.4 points and shooting 44.7 percent from the field - really good for a 6-feet player who is the primary target of every defense he faces.

During the 76ers' stop in Phoenix, managing director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo talked to Iverson and discussed the three-year commitment every Olympic team member has to make.

"He said it would be an honor, in a very direct and honest way" Colangelo told reporters. "It is clear - that he wants to be a part of it. He'd consider it an honor if he was selected. He thinks there is something to prove. He wants to win a gold medal. He said that very clearly."