Allen Iverson, out of the loop in the NBA lockout thus far, plans to attend a union meeting in Las Vegas this week and "get involved."
"I don't know as much as I should know, to be honest with you," the Philadelphia 76ers guard said, speaking with reporters before a rare public appearance to announce a shoe endorsement.
"One thing I do know is they pushed the season back two weeks, and there's no telling when we're going to play," he said.
He had few answers regarding the lockout imposed by owners on July 1, causing regular season games to be canceled for the first time in NBA history.
"I'm pretty sure we will play this season," Iverson said. "But I don't have an idea of when. I do know we need to get it resolved."
While he didn't address whether he favors the current talk of decertifying the union, Iverson seemed to be growing weary of sitting out.
"It's my future," Iverson said. "This is what I do. There was chaos going on in my everyday job, and I wasn't getting involved in it."
Iverson is one of the 224 players with guaranteed contracts who won't be paid during the work stoppage after arbitrator John Feerick's ruling on Monday.
"I didn't think it would go on this long," Iverson said. "I didn't think it would get that serious. I didn't take it as serious as I should have."
Iverson represents the marquee line of players who are at odds with lower-paid veterans in the dispute. He could be on the verge of one of those $100 million contracts with the Sixers -- but only if the union gets to keep the Larry Bird exception for teams signing their own free agents.
If owners get what they want, either the star playes or those making less money will have to sacrifice.
"I just don't think it should be the marquee players," Iverson said.
Iverson also discussed for the first time the arrest of two friends on drug charges this past summer. Andre Steele, 27, and Michael Powell, 29, were arrested in July on various drug charges while driving a car owned by Iverson, who was not with them.
"I don't think I learned anything from it, but I think my friends did," said Iverson, who talked with Steele about the incident. "... He made a mistake, and he paid for it."
Iverson, who felt he should have made the All-Star team last year, said he worries about the game scheduled for Philadelphia this season being canceled by the lockout.
"If not every day, every other day I think about that," Iverson said. "I feel like Philly's my town. It's rough not knowing that there's going to be an All-Star game."
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