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Why Doesn’t Allen Iverson Have a Job?



Dr. Deborah Stroman, a leading scholar on Leadership and Sport, was asked why Allen Iverson can’t find a job.   Here is what she had to say.

“Money is only one aspect of a good veteran not being picked up by a team. The other factor is leadership. If the organization is trying to develop new leaders, the coach and/or general manager will not gamble the new leader’s development and team chemistry with the introduction of a  veteran leader. And this veteran leadership may be displayed by performance or verbal acumen. For example, you may have a veteran wide receiver or running back who doesn’t talk much but has the potential to dominate on the field. A younger player may be drawn to that performer as a role model and not the new leader (often times the quarterback) who is trying to gain influence and control of “his” team. Or the veteran leader may be charismatic and draw attention to himself and away from the leaders that the organization is rightfully trying to impose on the other players. The organization feels that the signing of the veteran player is just not worth the risk.”

  1. Cecil Jones
    August 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Get a job to “Practice?” It’s only “Practice.” Why didn’t you say anything about Brett Favre missing all that training camp and practice? Wear and tear on the body kills a career. Not one point scored in practice counts toward the Hall of Fame. Like Allen Iverson is going to make it? If the Georgetown Crew can make it, somebody will lobby to get him in too.

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