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Report: Allen Iverson to officially retire from basketball

Aug 21, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

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Allen Iverson has not set foot on an NBA court since 2009-10, a season split between the Grizzlies and Sixers that did not go well for anyone. Since then he has played in Turkey for a season but NBA teams have not thought the level of distraction would be worth the level of production for the one time force of nature.

Now The Answer is going to officially call it quits, reports SLAM.

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….

“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.”

This isn’t really a surprise, it was just a matter of Iverson recognizing it was over and deciding he didn’t want to pick up anymore paychecks overseas. He leaves behind him a great legacy in the game.

Iverson will be a Hall of Famer, and he should be on his first ballot in 2015. The 11-time All-Star averaged 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 2.2 steals a game in his 13-year career. He helped lead the Sixers to the NBA Finals in 2001.

Watching the 6’0” Iverson fearlessly slice his way into the lane and find ways to score among the forest of trees in the NBA paint was one of the most amazing things I have witnessed in the game. There have been few players ever as dynamic and as entertaining as Iverson.

But it was off the court where Iverson’s impact was really felt — he was the first to bring a hip-hop culture, a real street look to the game. Young African-Americans related to him in a way they did not with other stars — he looked like a guy from the neighborhood. He in a lot of ways paved the way for players to be themselves off the court, something with social media today’s players have taken to new heights.

If he does make it official, it’s not really shocking, but it is a good time to reflect on one of the best and most exciting guards to play the game. We miss his game. Few people overcame the obstacles he did to star in the league, and he will forever be the favorite for many.

  1. aei2120 - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    One of the “Greats”, what a joy it was to watch Iverson. There currently exists not even a handful of guards in the league who can play this game at his level in his prime. (could probably do it now still)

  2. dysraw1 - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    AI. no fear go to the hoop on anybody, tough as nails. a huge ego killed what would have been an otherwise brilliant career

  3. onlyavoice - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    LOL, The NBA Officially Retired Him Years Ago.
    Fast On The Court, Slow In The Head.

    • mydoghasfleez - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Very slow

  4. metrocritical - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    An undeniably all time great 76er, wickedly effective scorer and hall of famer for his time in Philly. HOWEVER, his star started to dim in Denver and was absolutely worthless in Detrpit as part of the worst trade in Piston history. Unfortunately, the latter portion of his career exposed Iverson as selfish and self deluded as his value as a team player plummeted and his bank accounts dwindled. Iverson’s legacy would’ve been shinier had he retired with dignity six or seven years ago.

  5. necr0philia - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Favorite moment is when he broke my Favorite player of all times ankles (MJ) near the 3 point line! But MJ was on his way out the league but still great moment.

    • auchamp22 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      MJ scored 35 and won that game. Indeed great moment though.

  6. herbdaveyq - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Good write up. Thanks. Loved AI tremendously. One of a kind.

  7. whitdog23 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    no way AI is getting $4 million a year — from anywhere or anyone

    • mydoghasfleez - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      He might rob a bank to get his 4mil

  8. gdub520 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    as a lakers fan, my best memories of a.i. was how he beat down the lakers in game 1 of the finals in 2001. they step over tyron lue at the sidelines lol, i can laugh about it now because lakers won the series. breaking mj’s ankles. the way he gave himself up game after game being and pencil-thin. and of course the ‘we talkin bout practice..’ presser was one of the best sports press conference ever! i wish he had been smarter overall. wish philly had put together a better team around him. he was screwed over by having mediocre teams with 76ers in much the same way lebron was screwed over in cleveland. i hated that a.i. helped usher in the era of braids and tats, but otherwise i loved his style. good luck, allen

  9. progress2011 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    DEPRIVED !!!

    The “Business/ Politics” of basketball has run A LOT of guys outta the league, while they still had A LOT of game left in them (Stephon Marbury, Mahmoud abdul rauf etc).

    A.I. is the prime example of a former All Star, ran outta the league, while he still had games left to thrill the fans.

    * Shook the Great M.J.
    * Gave Rondo his go-to move – the ball fake behind the back
    * Left COUNTLESS ankles scattered about NBA hardwoods and shame faces
    * Gave fans what they pay for “ENTERTAINMENT”

    We can all admit, Jason Kidd was just a shell of himself by the time he retired and should have retired about 3-5 years previous. But he was given the privilege to play until there was nothing left.

    I argue, A.I. gave fans and the league so much of himself, it would have been GREAT for him to have been bestowed the same honor that Jason Kidd was given.

    Therefore, I feel a bit DEPRIVED !

    Thanks for the TRILLS A.I/ THE ANSWER…..at barely 6’0″ and 165lbs he was AMAZING !

  10. omniusprime - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Good riddance! Only a total moron would like this ball-hogging self-serving glory hog. Sorry but this piece of trash doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame.

  11. unxpexted1 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    AI is the only player in recent history to take a bumb team to the finals outside of Lebron. That Philly team was AWFUL, but he carried them. Dude had heart, and they banned a crossover because of him. Anybody that argues this guy isn’t a hall of famer just doesn’t have a clue.

  12. the1whothinks - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    I wish our politicians had the same tenacity they already make the same bad decisions but a little fight for the people wouldn’t hurt….I’m just sayin’

  13. louhudson23 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Limited game…
    unlimited game heart…..never worked to get better and never hid the fact…never identified his weaknesses and spent zero time making them go away,simply refused to be seen or thought of as outworking anyone…….which is why was not one of the truly great ones …coulda,shoulda ,woulda……was the best player on some weak teams and he carried them much further than they deserved,but that was really the only environment that his game fit,requiring he have the ball all the time and take all the shots….and he took a ton of shots(and why not,he was the best on the team…a vicious circle indeed…)….heart of a lion….brain and maturity of a twelve year old…..went downhill long before any trade talk,simply because he was a one trick pony,and he never seemed to understand or care about that fact….hard background ,but no shortage of that in the NBA….

  14. imakcds - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    “ah’m uh letttin’ y’all know, it be time for me to unlace the Nikes”
    STILL DELUSIONAL, AI done GOT RETIRED, NOBODY wanted you, yet you can’t read between the lines for 3 years????

  15. noonelistensanyway - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    He’ll go back to his thug life!! Hall or no Hall..you people never know what your talking about..

  16. kbdubya7788 - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    “No doubt”! He made alot of people realize they could be successful regardless of there past or background. And he fought to keep his identity and image, when the league wanted to water it down. Just go’s to show Even if they hate who you are or what you represent. Talent equals dollars and supersedes even the greatest of slights. He is the bridge from the streets to the N.B.A thats why we love him.

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