And by “exaggerated” I mean totally false.
JTA posted this story yesterday about Allen Iverson signing with Maccabi Haifa:
Former NBA Most Valuable Player Allen Iverson reportedly will play for Maccabi Haifa in its two exhibition games against NBA teams — and perhaps longer.
Iverson, 37, will suit up for the Israeli squad when it takes on the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves this month in the United States, the Israeli Sport5 site reported.
Sport5 added that Maccabi Haifa officials are considering signing the perennial NBA All-Star guard to a longer contract if the experiment succeeds.
Iverson was invited to play for Haifa by coach Brad Greenberg, who was a part of the Philadelphia 76ers staff when Iverson starred for the team. Left without a team for this season, Iverson had announced his retirement earlier this year.
In 2011, Iverson played for the Turkish club Beshiktash. The following year he declared bankruptcy.
Sounds cool, but it’s completely fictitious.
I sent an email to Andrew Wilson, director of marketing for the outfit that owns the Israeli basketball team, for their comment about this exciting news. His response:
“It’s completely an inaccurate story that was made up the local Israeli press. There is no truth to this story at all.”
I guess the key word — and out — in the piece is “reportedly.”