December 20, 2006 12:00 AM
Sometimes in editorial cartooning I have to choose the road less traveled. I know this cartoon does not convey a popular viewpoint. I'm sure, in fact, it's probably going to make a few people more than a little miffed. That's not why I did it. I did it because I think of Allen Iverson much the way I do Terrell Owens. He's tremendously talanted, and brings a lot to the game, but at what cost in the long run? Iverson may not be quite the trouble that T.O. is but clearly there is a down side to this trade.
That said, I'm not sure the Nuggets had much choice. With attendance dwindling, Melo out for 15 games and J.R. Smith gone for 10, the Nuggets had to do something to kickstart a stalling engine. And certainly the idea of eventually teaming Iverson and Melo on the court at the same time is appealing. The whole thing could end up bringing the Nuggets an NBA title. But think just for a minute if things go south the way they have before in Iverson's career and the Nuggets end up with a mess that may be next to impossible to untangle , at least until 2008-09 when Iverson's contract finally comes to an end. It could be a mistake of epic proportions instead of a trade that right now seems very intriguing.