Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby Kobe8Fan on Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:42 pm

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Allen Iverson is prepared to officially announce his retirement from the NBA in the coming days, a source close to the native of Virginia told SLAM.

Iverson, 38, played his last professional basketball in Turkey in 2011. Before that, he appeared in his final NBA game, as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, in 2010.

When he last spoke publicly, at a Sixers game on March 30, Iverson answered a question about continuing his career by saying, “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.”

Included amongst those accomplishments are: 13-year career averages of 41.1 mpg, 26.7 ppg, 6.2 apg and 2.2 spg; 71-game Playoff averages 45.1 mpg, 29.7 ppg, 6.0 apg and 2.1 spg. He also won one regular season MVP award, four scoring titles and was named an All-Star 11 times. Maybe most impressive of all, omitting the obvious impact that he had on the culture off-court, was the resilience that the 6-0 guard showed in driving into the lane, into men a foot taller than him, time and time again.

“He might be the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen,” Larry Brown, Iverson’s coach from 1997-2003 and the current coach at SMU, told SLAM today. “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 had a magnificent career, and he enjoyed every minute of it,” says the source. “He enjoyed the places basketball took him, he enjoyed the camaraderie with his teammates and he especially enjoyed that his job was playing the game that he loved.”

In a lengthy sit-down interview with SLAM this past spring, Iverson was overcome with emotion when discussing his tenure in the NBA.

“It enabled me—and it has enabled me—to take care of my family,” said Iverson. “It brought me so many fans and people that love me. I met so many great people. And it made me, whether I like it or not, a role model. It built me up, it knocked me down, it taught me how to get back up. It did a lot for me.”

With basketball behind him, Iverson, the source says, hopes to place all of his energy on his business holdings and children.

“He loves his fans more than anyone,” says the source. “He loves how they ask for his return constantly, on the streets and on the internet. But now that they know it’s not happening, he can just focus on his future endeavors.”

Iverson will be eligible for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

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

After starring at Georgetown, Iverson was selected No. 1 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996. He also spent time with the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies.

Since appearing in his final game, at Chicago in February of 2010, Iverson occasionally mentioned the desire to return to the NBA. But for various reasons, both in and out of his control, he was never signed as a free agent.

And now he never will be.

“He deserves better,” said Brown. “I wish he could’ve went out on his own terms, at his own time.”


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Great player during his time with the Sixers. Hope he sticks with the NBA in some form.
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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby therealdeal on Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:45 pm

Oh good I was wondering.
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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby Rooscooter on Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:21 pm

:man3: from what?.... being broke....
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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby XXIV on Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:54 pm

About time.
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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby revgen on Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:09 pm

Now he tells us.
"Every time he’s hurt, he always plays, he always comes through."

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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby CGrand81 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:33 pm

One of my favorite players off all time. If the guy had a shooting guard type size, would of gone down as the greatest ever or more likely another glorified chuker like Melo but that's here say.

He had the work effort, heart, refuse to lose mentality that is all but lost in today's game. The dude was fearless when driving to the hole, some of the best handles ive ever seem too. One of the if not the most skilled and talent under 6 foot players ever.
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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby Congo Cash on Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:07 am

A.K.A no one wants me, might as well just "retire"...
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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby Roscoe on Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:28 pm

In other news, can you guys believe we just landed on the moon? :man4:
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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby John3:16 on Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:38 am

Best little man ever? I'd say so.
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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby Rooscooter on Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:46 am

^^Isaih and Tiny were pretty good.
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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby Frank Dux on Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:48 pm

I think this calls for a moment of silence.












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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:49 pm

I like how Coach Brown said “I’m sure we faced a lot of obstacles, maybe even on a daily basis."

Ouch.
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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby Juronimo on Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:25 pm

John3:16 wrote:Best little man ever? I'd say so.


I'd put Isaiah ahead of him but yeah, he's up there. He was one hell of a competitor even if he hated practice. He did give it his all on the court and played hurt.

Too bad he couldn't keep himself together at the end of his career so he could go out better than he did.
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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby Basketball Fan on Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:23 pm

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Allen Iverson to retire Oct. 30


Allen Iverson To Officially Retire

Allen Iverson, who became one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, will officially announce his retirement at the club's home opener Oct. 30, according to sources close to the situation.

The 38-year-old Iverson, an 11-time All-Star, finished his career averaging 26.7 points per game, the sixth-best career scoring mark in league history.

He trails only Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West in career points per game. At just 6 feet tall, Iverson is the smallest player ever to average 20 points or more for his career.


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Allen Iverson, 38, will officially announce his retirement at the 76ers' home opener Oct. 30.
Iverson, who also averaged 6.2 assists and 2.2 steals for his career, played his first 10 seasons in Philadelphia, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 1997 after being the No. 1 overall pick out of Georgetown. He led the league in scoring in four seasons and steals in three. He is Philadelphia's franchise leader in 40-point games (76) and 3-pointers (885) and is second behind Hal Greer in points (19,931).

In 2001, Iverson won the league's MVP award while leading the Sixers to the NBA Finals, where they lost in five games to Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

In 2006, Iverson was traded to the Denver Nuggets. He also played with Detroit and Memphis before returning to the Sixers for 25 games during the 2009-10 season.

In August, Slam Magazine reported that Iverson would announce his retirement during the summer.

It's fitting that Iverson will officially retire on a night when the Sixers play the Miami Heat. James recently told ESPN The Magazine that Iverson was his second-favorite player (behind Jordan) growing up.

"He played like a 6-8 2-guard," James said of Iverson. "He was one of the greatest finishers we've ever seen. You could never question his heart. Ever."

In recent years, Iverson has made headlines off the court. In December, divorce filings revealed he had serious financial issues.
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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby Kerppo on Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:44 pm

I made a mix of Allen Iverson, in honor of his official retirement, check it out.
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Re: Report: Allen Iverson To Officially Announce Retirement

Postby Basketball Fan on Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:11 pm

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Sixers to honor Allen Iverson with jersey retirement

The Sixers announced Wednesday that 11-time All-Star guard Allen Iverson will have his No. 3 jersey retired by the franchise. The ceremony will take place at halftime of Philadelphia’s March 1 game against Washington at the Wells Fargo Center.


“Allen Iverson is, without question, one of the most iconic players to ever wear the Sixers uniform,” Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil said in a statement. “Allen left everything out on the court and no one could ever question his heart – he was relentless, fearless and pound-for-pound, was one of the greatest to ever play the game.”


The jersey retirement was only a matter of time, as Iverson served as the face of the franchise that he carried to the 2001 Finals. Philadelphia selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 1996 draft and he spent the first 10-plus years of his career in the City of Brotherly Love. After stops with the Nuggets, Pistons and Grizzlies, Iverson then took a brief homecoming victory lap with the Sixers in 2009-10. This year, the Sixers have honored Iverson with his own bobblehead night and they played host in October when Iverson formally announced his retirement from basketball.

RELATED: Remembering Allen Iverson’s career

“You know, I thought once this day came it would be basically a tragic day,” Iverson said at his retirement press conference. “I promise you it is a happy day for me. I really thought this day would be a tough day for me, but it’s a happy day. … I gave everything I had to basketball and the passion is still there, the desire to play is just not. I just feel good that I’m happy with the decision I’m making. It was a great ride.”

Regarded by some as the best pound-for-pound scorer in league history, the 6-foot, 165-pound Iverson is tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the highest scoring average in Sixers franchise history. He also ranks second in minutes played, second in points, second in steals and third in assists on Philadelphia’s all-time lists. During his 14-year NBA career, Iverson won four scoring titles, was selected to seven All-NBA teams, was named 1997 Rookie of the Year and 2001 MVP.

“I’m going to always be a Sixer until I die,” Iverson told reporters in October.

Iverson will become the eighth player in franchise history to have his jersey retired, joining: Charles Barkley (No. 34), Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13), Maurice Cheeks (No. 10), Billy Cunningham (No. 32), Julius Erving (No. 6), Hal Greer (No. 15) and Bobby Jones (No. 24)
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