Miami Heat also interested

BY Frank Isola

The answer to The Answer appears to be yes. Donnie Walsh said Wednesday night that the Knicks have yet to make a
final decision on whether to sign Allen Iverson but the Knicks
president hinted that the club is leaning strongly in that direction.

Iverson, a former MVP, is expected to clear waivers at 6 p.m. today and will become an unrestricted free agent.

The Knicks could have competition from Miami, who according to a person close to Iverson said the team is "hot" after him.

"Until something’s done it’s not done," Walsh said. "That’s the way I’ve always been. If he’s not signed it’s not done."

It’s worth remembering that Walsh used similar language days before Mike D’Antoni was hired as coach. Walsh has spent the past few days calling his inner circle of NBA friends about Iverson. One of those calls was to Larry Brown, the former Knicks coach, who was with Iverson in Philadelphia when the Sixers went to the NBA Finals.

Brown, who has spoken highly of Iverson in recent years, said recently that he would consider adding him to the Bobcats roster if Charlotte needed a guard. What’s also interesting about Brown’s inclusion in the discussion on Iverson is that Brown had a memorable falling out with Garden Chairman James Dolan.

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