Toil yielding unexpected 'Answer'

Updated: September 8, 2004, 11:23 AM ET
By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
A kinder, gentler Allen Iverson, one who passes more and praises his country often, might have been the best thing the NBA had going this offseason in Greece but come October, the Sixers will be screaming for the old Allen Iverson who shot more and apologized to no one.

The simple fact of the matter is that Iverson could not be Iverson forever. Standing on his tiptoes, he might be 6-feet even. He weighs 165 pounds if you take his jewelry into account. There was only so much punishment his body could take. There was a finite number of drives to the hoop any one human being could possibly make and continue to get back up with the same vigor and enthusiasm to remain effective.

The problem, now, though, is that that number might have passed.