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Allen Iverson's leave of absence is the league's hottest topic.

November 15, 2009

EXACTLY Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler, on the "personal problems" that obliged Allen Iverson to leave the Memphis Grizzlies:

"He has personal problems, all right. He personally doesn't want to come off the bench."

THAT TOO ESPN's Josh Elliott:

"Iverson left the team Saturday after receiving permission from owner Michael Heisley to deal with a personnel matter."

MY LIFE AS A BUG Minnesota Coach Kurt Rambis, on telling role players they're "parasites" who feed off stars:

"I was a parasite, so if it doesn't bug me, it shouldn't bug anyone else. . . . Most of the players in the league need an offense, some sort of system, or they need other players to create things for them."

YOU OTHER GUYS CAN REBOUND Miami's Dwyane Wade, on starting forward Michael Beasley:

"I like my shots. Michael loves his shots. That's the difference."

YOU GOT A POINT THERE, JUDGE ESPN'S Jeff Van Gundy, after his brother, Stan, the Orlando coach, asked his players, "Why can't we go on a 10-0 roll?" late in their 102-93 loss to Cleveland:

"I can answer that question. Because LeBron James is coming back."

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