Former MVP and multi-time All Star Allen Iverson tweeted this morning that he will not be joining the Texas legends
I thank Donnie and Dallas for the consideration and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me.— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) January 29, 2013
I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA, should God provide me another opportunity I will give it my all— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) January 29, 2013
My dream has always been to complete my legacy in the NBA— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) January 29, 2013
To my fans, I love yall! Not a day goes by that I am not asked when am I coming back, we all must accept my return is not up to just me.— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) January 29, 2013
A lot of things to parse here. It stinks for an fan of AI that he won't be returning to basketball at the moment. It's disappointing for the Legends, who were looking to add another quality player to the roster. It's also interesting to see Iverson acknowledge that he contributed to his awkward departure from basketball.
It's also frustrating; Iverson has been given a potential path to the NBA via the developmental league. It's understandable that a former MVP wouldn't want to take this route, but he doesn't have any other options at the moment. He's right to say that his return isn't up to him. But when he cuts off options he's certainly playing a role in determining his basketball fate.