NEW YORK — You can lead a compulsive scoring point guard to a recognized reservoir of talent but you can’t make him feed it or feed off it.

As much as the two treasured players are attracted to each other and crave to quench their mutual dying-of-thirst for a championship, bonding in these hastily harvested situations is generally a gradual progression, a sequence of adjustments and readjustments, internally as well as strategically.

That’s what Allen Iverson, Chris Webber and coach Jim O’Brien are currently encountering. That’s what the 76ers, especially their leaders, have been battling to comprehend and overcome in two practices and four games since the acquisition of the Kings’ defrocked franchise player.

And, so far, all they’ve got to show for it is one empty victory against the Buckling Unders (no one should be surprised if Terry Porter isn’t invited back for a third term), a win over Cleveland and ample exasperation and a growing number of unknowns.

The leading question, of course, pertains to Webber’s struggle to straighten out his offense. At worst, most observers agree his arrival in Philadelphia figures to be a short-term success.

Whereas, a scandalous salary and flimsy knees may prove fatal in later contract years, the 76ers fully expect to reap the benefit of the turbo forward’s multi-dimensional inventory (rarely seen East anymore) for the final third of this season and definitely the next.

So, what’s the primary problem, I mean, aside from Webber feeling the pressure to produce large for his eager new team and its euphoric fans?

Why is his field goal percentage sinking?

How did his shot selection become so sickening after starting out so well in the first quarter as a Sixer (two straight conversions on open springers) against his former team?

Don’t blame the calendar for Webber’s 4-18 defective display (10 points and eight rebounds) at home against the Nets, the night after winning in Milwaukee. That would be both a mistake and copout, committed by many, from what I’m reading and hearing.

Informing: The Kings were involved in 11 back-to-back games this season; Webber played on the second night in all but one, averaging 19.8 points and 10 boards in 36 minutes, everyday numbers for him.

No, the schedule is far from being the source of Webber’s difficulty. From where I’m zooming in by remote it’s “simply” a matter of conflicting styles — C-Note’s half-court methodology vs. The Answer’s fast break, run-‘n’-stun tactics — or as “complicated” if you’re the one swallowed up in the fervor and frustration of failing to strut your normal stuff.

In other words, both Sixer stars are used to dominating the ball and need to have it to be entirely effective; thus the adjustment period.

At the same time, notice how seamlessly Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce have meshed with Boston. All that background music they played together is paying off. Which is why I’m skeptical of Danny Ainge’s decision to recall Gary Payton and jeopardize the Celtics’ winning formula.

Iverson is accustomed to dribbling around the court for as much or as little of the 24-second clock as he wants until an opportunity opens up for himself, he finds a big man underneath or kicks it outside for a 3-point try.

For the first time in his career A.I. is blessed with a tall teammate (though a healthy Derrick Coleman wasn’t half bad) with heightened peripheral vision, arguably the NBA’s paramount passing big man renowned for manufacturing painless baskets out of primitive screen-and-cuts.

For the first time ever A.I. is cursed with a co-star. It’s not lost on any of us that Iverson’s greatness is being A.I.; an obligation to complement a sidekick is a whole new scary ball game. Going halves with the ball is the team’s solitary salvation, not to mention Webber’s only thoroughfare to recovery.

After all, as cunning as C-Note is, it’s tough finding Iverson with a slick bounce pass (a la Mike Bibby) unless permitted first to fondle the rock. Nor will his forced shots begin to subside until A.I. becomes cognizant of getting Webber the ball in his sweet spot and recognizes how to get it to him in rhythm.

“Allen just has to pull back the throttle a little bit,” remarked a Sixer veteran, stressing the consequence of playing smart. “Once he realizes he can score as much without working nearly as hard we’ll be fine.”

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