Iverson to retire in coming days
Former NBA star Allen Iverson has finally decided to officially call it quits.
It has been reported that Iverson will formally retire in the next couple of days ending a remarkable career, most notably with the Sixers. As recently as last March, Iverson still had aspirations to join a NBA roster, but he was never offered a deal from any teams.
Iverson hasn’t played in the NBA since his last stint with the Sixers in the 2009-2010 season. He last played for a basketball team in Turkey for a mere 10 games before undergoing surgery for his calf.
Iverson put up hall of fame numbers throughout his illustrious career. He averaged 26.7 ppg, and 6.2 apg during the regular season. In 71 playoff games, he averaged 29.7 ppg and 6 apg, according to Pennlive.com. Iverson was also the league’s Rookie of the year in 1997, MVP in 2001, and an 11x all-star with the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and Memphis Grizzlies. He was known for executing an ankle-breaking “crossover” to perfection.
Iverson is well revered especially in Philly for his toughness, and how much effort he put into the game of basketball at such a small stature, weighing roughly 170 lbs and standing only about 6’0 tall. He carried the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals in which they lost to the powerhouse Lakers.
Larry Brown, Iverson’s coach from 97-03 with the Sixers, said “He might be the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen,” “I don’t think there’ll be another one like him,” according to SLAMonline.
Throughout Iverson’s life he’s faced brushes with the law, a nasty divorce battle, and becoming penniless. However, he is bound for the Hall of Fame and put everything he had into the game of basketball. That’s all any fan of the game could ask.