Peep Show

Updated: January 5, 2004, 9:18 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Philadelphia 76ers: Allen Iverson is back, but that doesn't mean he's happy. "I honestly didn't want to feel I had to rush back," Iverson said in the Philadelphia Daily News. "I found out a lot about being injured, [more] than at any time before, because it was like we were struggling and people were getting antsy, people that I thought cared about me [who were] only worried about wins and losses. I just found out a lot about a lot of people during that time. It made me look at people a different way. I felt like, by me being hurt, people had a problem with it. I never thought that would be an issue. I thought some people that I thought cared about me, I felt that they only cared about me for what I can do with this [basketball] right here." Iverson wouldn't name names but did say he has no problem with new head coach Randy Ayers.

Sacramento Kings: Many think Ray Allen is best shooter in the NBA. Well, Ray thinks the Kings' Peja Stojakovic is. "We're totally different," Allen said in the Seattle Times. "Our shots are totally different. He has a very awkward shot where he brings it from the left side of his body and when he shoots it, it always looks like it's going from left to right. But he practices. He works hard. And that's where it pays off. He's not blessed to shoot. He's just blessed to work at it."

New York Knicks: There isn't much head coach Don Chaney can do about Antonio McDyess' physical condition, but he can help out mentally. "I just reassured him [he's] on the floor to help the team," Chaney said in the New York Post. "Obviously he's not going to bring his full game because he's not 100 percent but having him on the floor rebounding and scoring is going to help us." New boss Isiah Thomas agreed, though there are constant rumors of the forward being traded. "We want to get better from within. Antonio is a big part of what we're trying to do. We need him, but we need him feeling better about himself."