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Iverson -- Out to prove naysayers wrong

Sept. 10, 2009 at 2:10 PM

MEMPHIS, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Veteran guard Allen Iverson, introduced as the newest member of the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday, said he's out to prove his detractors wrong.

The 34-year-old guard said he was hurt by newspaper articles suggesting his best years are behind him.

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"This year for me, it's personal. It's going to be like my rookie season all over again," Iverson said. "It hurts. I read the papers. I listen to some of the things people say ... about my struggles last season, saying I lost a step. They (are) trying to put me in a rocking chair already."

The Grizzlies took a one-year flier on him, signing him to an incentive-boosted deal that The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reports will pay him $3.5 million.

Iverson, slowed by a back problem, averaged 17.5 points and 5.0 assists in 57 games for Denver and Detroit last season, well below his career averages of 27.1 and 6.2, respectively.

He is a former league MVP and nine-time All-Star.

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