It looks like A.I. may have played his final game wearing a Sixers uniform. Iverson was told he did not need to come to the Wachovia Center tonight for their game against the Wizards. Iverson released the following statement through his agent.
his morning, I went to
the practice facility and was ready to participate in shootaround. I
had back spasms in the Chicago game, but felt fine today, and told our
trainer that I could play. When I got onto the court, I was told that I
did not need to participate, so I stood on the sideline until practice
was over. When shootaround ended, I went into the team huddle.
Afterwards, the head coach told me that I did not need to come to the
arena tonight, or travel to Orlando.
In my entire career, even
the doctors haven’t been able to tell me not to play. I’ve played
through injury and illness. I think everyone knows how much I love
being out on the court, competing and winning. That’s why it was so
disheartening to be told that I couldn’t play, knowing that I was
ready. It hurt even more to be told not to come at all.
This season has been very
frustrating for everyone. We’ve lost 12 of 14 games and nothing seems
to be working. I have expressed my frustration to my teammates,
however, I have continued to give 100 percent night in and night out.
Apparently, it hasn’t been enough to help our team win. As hard as it
is to admit, a change may be the best thing for everyone. I hate
admitting that because I love the guys on the team and the city of
Philadelphia. I truly wanted to retire a 76er.
I appreciate that in my 11 years in Philadelphia, the fans have always stood by me, supported me, and gone to bat for me.
Sixers owner Ed Snider had this to say about Iverson's wish to be traded:
I think it's time to move on. We'll try to accommodate him.
Iverson won't travel with the team to Orlando tomorrow.
More news on A.I.
>>Snider says it's time for Iverson to go [Inquirer]
>>Iverson's days appear numbered in Philly [NYTimes]
>>76ers send Iverson home against Washington [Sports Illustrated]
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Carson Wentz is in his second NFL season, but he could already be on his way to his first MVP award.
At least, he's now the favorite.
The Eagles' starting quarterback is now the favorite to win this year's NFL MVP award, according to Bovada. Wentz is just ahead of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
Here's the top five:
1. Carson Wentz: +175
2. Alex Smith: +200
3. Tom Brady: +400
4. DeShaun Watson: +1,000
5. Russell Wilson: +1,200
Basically, this means that a $100 futures bet would win $175. Since Wentz pays out the least, he's the favorite.
It's no surprise Wentz and Smith are atop this list. They have both led their teams to 5-1 records (tops in the NFL) through six games.
Wentz has completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 1,584 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 99.6. He's well on his way to becoming the first Eagles quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.
The last (and only) Eagles player to win an MVP came during the 1960 championship season, when quarterback Norm Van Brocklin took the award.
The last player to win the MVP award in his second NFL season was Kurt Warner in 1999. But Warner had a long road to get to the NFL and was 28 years old in 1999. Wentz is just 24.
Vegas isn't alone with the Wentz hype. According to Dick's Sporting Goods, the Eagles' quarterback has the best-selling jersey of all NFL players. In another few months, those people might have the jersey of an MVP winner.