In a season during which he kinda sorta retired, Allen Iverson has been voted by the fans to be a starter in next month's All-Star game in Dallas. We all know he isn't an All-Star caliber player at this stage in his career but the rules allow the fans to pick who they want to see play. It's pretty much a popularity contest and Allen Iverson's name still generates buzz. [video below]
Some have argued that A.I. should decline the invite and allow a more deserving player like the Celtics Rajon Rondo get the call. Opinions were mixed on TNT last night with Kenny Smith opined that A.I. should give the fans what they want while Sir Charles believes Iverson should decline the invite. Barkley pulls the "it's not fair" argument. But to that I say, when are things ever fair?
Personally, I think he should play. The fans voted him in and that's how the system works. If you really have a problem with Iverson playing in the game, your gripe should be with the system in place on how tam All-Star is chosen. It's not Allen's fault.
I say give the future Hall of Famer one last appearance to buddy buddy up with Shaq and entertain us. It's not like the All-Star game means much more.
What do you think A.I. should do?
Updated: 9:15 p.m.
ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.
Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.
Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.
Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall.
Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft.
Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.
The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter.
The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz.
At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.
The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.