Maccabi Haifa coach denies Iverson signing

Despite previous rumors that Allen Iverson had signed a contract with Israeli club Maccabi Haifa, the team has "strongly denied" the rumors that they had signed the 11-time NBA all-star.

The rumors surrounded the team's coach, Brad Greenberg, the brother of Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, who was the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers when they took Iverson No. 1 overall in 1996. When he was interviewed by Spanish sports site Sportando, he refuted the claims.

"It is natural for people to link us up but I have not spoken to Allen in years" said Greenberg.

The idea that the retired Iverson would sign with an Israeli club for a pair of preseason games due to a connection over a decade old seemed somewhat far-fetched, but the 2001 MVP was last seen playing professionally for about two months with Turkish team Besiktas, so it wasn't completely unbelievable. However, it appears the reportedly bankrupt 37-year-old will remain retired and let his legacy speak for itself rather than trying to continuing to play.

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