Posted August 21, 2013

Allen Iverson to reportedly announce retirement in coming days

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Allen Iverson will reportedly announce his retirement in the coming days. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Allen Iverson will reportedly announce his retirement in the coming days. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

One of the most explosive guards ever to play the game is officially ready to call it quits. Allen Iverson will reportedly announce his retirement in the coming days, according to a report Wednesday from SLAM, citing a source close to the 38-year-old.

Hall of Famer Larry Brown, who coached AI for six years in Philadelphia, told SLAM on Wednesday he “might be” the greatest he’s ever seen and wishes he could’ve “went out on his own terms, at his own time.”

“He might be the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen. I don’t think there’ll be another one like him … I’m sure we faced a lot of obstacles, maybe even on a daily basis, but when it came time to play, to try to win a game, he tried to play as hard as he could for his coach. … He deserves better. I wish he could’ve went out on his own terms, at his own time.”

“The Answer” hasn’t played since 2011, when he appeared in a game for Turkish basketball team Besiktas. He played his last NBA game in 2010 as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, the team that selected the Georgetown guard No. 1 overall in the 1996 NBA Draft.

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Iverson spoke publicly at a Sixers game in March, saying that if basketball is not in his future, he’s had a “great ride” in part because he did a lot of things “people thought I couldn’t accomplish.”

“My No. 1 goal is trying to accomplish to be the best dad that I can. And if basketball is in my near future, then God will make that happen. But if not, I had a great ride and I’ve done a lot of special things that a lot of guys have not been able to accomplish and people thought I couldn’t accomplish.”

News of his retirement would mark an end to occasional rumors that he is trying to sign an NBA contact. In January, Iverson turned down an offer from the Dallas Mavericks’ NBDL team, the Texas Legends, reportedly to hold out for an NBA deal instead.

For a career, Iverson averaged 26.7 points, 6.1 assists and 2.2 steals in 41.1 minutes per game.  He spent most of his career in Philadelphia but had brief stints with the Denver Nuggets (2006-08), Detroit Pistons (2008-09) and played three games for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009.

The six-foot guard was named MVP of the 2000-01 season, the year he led the Sixers to the NBA Finals, where they won the first game but lost the series to the Los Angeles Lakers, 4-1. Over the course of his 14 years in the NBA, Iverson also won the NBA Rookie of the Year award and was named an NBA All-Star in 11 seasons. He is also a four-time NBA scoring champion and led the league in steals from 2001-03, and ranks No. 19 on the NBA all-time scoring list.

Iverson is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2015, a moment that he told SLAM last spring will be an emotional one for him:

“If I’m blessed with being a Hall of Famer, it will be emotional. You can’t mention ‘Allen Iverson’ and don’t mention basketball.”


12 comments
nsc@ntplx.net
nsc@ntplx.net

Allen Iverson and his abilities made one of the greatest college coaches. John Thompson,  realize that he could no longer keep the good principles that he maintained for his players.

bambam824
bambam824

Poor AI got tired of being a free agent, tired and retired.

BillHanson
BillHanson

Once again he comes across as an egomaniac. He never cared about the game, all he cared about was what it could give him. In the end it could give no more. Now he can live the life of a broke, ex-professional athlete, who has burned every single one of his bridges. In the end he was a role model, a picture perfect example of what not to be. 

RickieWilson
RickieWilson

One of the greatest "little" guards to play the game. Wish he would have handled his finances better.

PaulSharpe
PaulSharpe

He's Still alive?!...  His career died a decade ago, and we thought he did, too...

NYCDaFuture
NYCDaFuture

Also every1 follow me on Twitter.com/NYCDaFuture  Lakers All Day even tho i'm from NYC Yes sirrrrrrr.. NBA never really like AI but he def is one of the toughest NBA Players ever..

NYCDaFuture
NYCDaFuture

http://www.youtube.com/NYCDaFuture

 He def is a Hall Of Fame Player.. Respect bruh... We talkin bout Practice Tho?? Nah.... ha... Every1 subscribe to my youtube if u a Basketball Fan, NBA 2k Gamer or Live Gamer, want Dating Advice ETC

Sef
Sef

@BillHanson This guy is far from broke.   Financially Allen is good. He put up over 50 million he can't touch until he's 50.  He can pull down 1 million annually until then.

Sef
Sef

@RickieWilson Financially Allen is good. He put up over 50 million he can't touch until he's 50.

HBgrown
HBgrown

@fordmike79 @Richard--Ramirez 
i do remember him taking the Sixers to finals single handedly, only to lose to my Lakers. the guy was a winner, and one of the greatest guards to ever play the Game. considering he is undersized (not a freak), his accomplishments really can't be knocked on. just because you disagree with his style, attitude, the fact he cared more about the money than being a romodel, doesn't mean he isn't one of the greats. HOFer for sure.