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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. mp4philly - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Top 3 greatest Philly athlete of all time. Hands down.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Other two: Wilt Chamberlain and Mike Schmidt.

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

      not even top 3 basketball – Wilt, Dr J, Barkley

  2. thezeynmaster - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Long overdue

  3. bishopbengals - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    One of the most exciting players to hit the basketball court. Even if you weren’t a fan, you could appreciate the levels at which he played.

  4. prestigious1 - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    He should have just retired after his last season in Philly. He would have closer to his enshrinement.

  5. 12444uggg - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I had no clue he wasn’t retired.

  6. whitdog23 - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    more recognition than news

  7. bifford - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    “Official retirement”? Ha! The league forced this guy into retirement the moment it was apparent his athleticism was slipping fast.

  8. jcmeyer10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    First basketball jersey I owned (old school red 6ers) and my mom was pissed, my dad was like, he’s good. I’ll never forget pretending to be AI in that jersey.

    Balanced it out with the Grant Hill Team USA jersey.

  9. malvaren18 - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Too bad he just to be a great player to watch.

  10. nflcrimerankingscom - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    He’ll also enter the “Didn’t Know How To Save Money And Ended Up Dirt Poor Anyways” Hall of Fame.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Sad, but it’s the truth…

      He was The Answer for the call to that hall…

    • hdsnake867 - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Right alongside Employee #8 Antoine Walker.

    • dacaps - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      FYI he gets 4 mil. Each year from a fixed deposit of 30mil a friend helped him set up while he was playing. If that’s what you call broke then I wanna be one.

      • Kurt Helin - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        Not sure it’s $4 mill a year, but it is a bunch. It’s called the Reebok fund and it’s from one of his shoe deals.

      • dacaps - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        Thanks Kurt for the clarifying at least let those who think he’s dirt poor know he’s comfortable and will be for a while

      • louhudson23 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        It’s not what you make,it is what you spend…all indications are that he always wildly outspent his means and continues to do so in ridiculous fashion……and the trust does not kick in for several years…….

  11. reesesteel23 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:02 PM


  12. andyreidisfat - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Maybe I am crazy but I wanted him to be the coach of the sixers lol

  13. 00maltliquor - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Sad that he never got another shot to end it on his terms. He kinda did it to himself though with his tenure with the Grizzlies and again with the Sixers. Still though, just sad. Thought he was already retired though, he hasn’t played for over 3 years now.

    • spursareold - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      This is what happens to high maintenance players when their athleticism wanes. He was a terrific player. He was also a giant pain in the ass, and it’s no small wonder that no one was calling. He probably could have played another 3-4 years if he didn’t have more baggage than O’Hare airport.

  14. axelmontoya99 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Come on NBA GMS you got give him the last shoot

  15. kb2408 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Happy trails to one of the greatest players ever. A.I. has always been a very polarizing figure but 26 AND 6 is first ballot HOF no matter how you slice it.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      No matter how you slice it?

      He couldn’t shoot. He averaged that many points because he shot the ball a lot…

      For his career, he averaged more shots per game that Kobe.

      Allen’s averaged more shots per game for his career than Kobe averaged per game last season.

      When a player takes that many shots in game after game, he’s gonna score a lot of points.

      He shot 42.5% from the field.

      He shot 31.3% from 3 pt range

      As a 6 foot guard, he only shot 78% from the free throw line.

      • ranfan12 - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        HOF candidate no matter how you slice it LOL

      • bougin89 - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Did you never watch Iverson with the Sixers? He literally was there offense, they had nobody else. He was also an excellent passer, something that gets overlooked. I doubt he scores as much as he did, but on a good team in his prime he could have been more efficient 20 points while dishing out 10 assists per game. The gameplan for the sixers was to live and die by Iverson, unfortunately that’s never a good gameplan but it doesn’t mean it’s Iverson’s fault.

  16. money2long - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    when’s the last time he’s showcased what he’s got in any pro-ams with recent nba players? i’d be intrigued to watch

  17. mogogo1 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I wish him well. He always played with so much heart. Sadly, he strikes me as the sort who’s going to have trouble finding his way without the sport. Maybe he can land a job in coaching or as a commentator.

    • louhudson23 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      You are joking,right?

    • mydoghasfleez - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      As a coach or commentator? More likely a bartender or cell block leader.

  18. antistratfordian - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    A.I. will always be “that man” that Mark Jackson keeps telling his mama about. All time great. His game inspired millions. He also could’ve dropped a verse on a Mobb Deep album and no one would cringe.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      A.I. was very much so The Man, but Jewelz was one of the worst rapper/players ever.

  19. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Iverson> D Rose

    • kb2408 - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Yeah….right now. Let’s revisit this debate in 2023. And l love A.I.

  20. simonwelds - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Met him at a bar in miami once, no bodyguards just himself, bought me a round and talked about college zone defenses for 20 mins+ great guy… HOF 1st ballot

  21. reesesteel23 - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Cant wait until they put him on a 2K game!! Damn!!

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      His challenges will be to carry an entire team to a Finals it had no business being in.

  22. timb12 - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I ran into him at the galleria in Houston. My brother was the biggest Iverson fan. He got cornrows in the 6th grade to be like him. We asked if we could take a picture with him and he said no. Which is his right, but it was still off putting. There was no one else around. After that is when he got traded to the Nuggets and everything is history from there. These two things are definitely connected haha.

  23. allinskins - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Pound for pound one of best shooting guys “under” 6’0 in the league hands down. Had the pleasure to play a pick up game against him before his Hoyas days. His combination of wing span and speed was unbelievable back then but took it to new heights in the NBA. He only knew how to play one way, go hard and once your out of your prime its hard to learn to be something else. WHAT A TALENT!

  24. 8bithero12 - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Retirement? We takin’ ’bout retirement?

    • spursareold - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      I see what you did there…

  25. 32magicman - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Shame he never got to team up with another star in his prime. An ageing mutombo was about the best of the bunch. Amazing that he reached the finals with the supporting cast he had.

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