Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 11:20 am  |  10 responses

Allen Iverson Announces His Retirement (VIDEO)

Speaking openly, honestly and eloquently, Allen Iverson officially said goodbye to the NBA on Wednesday. The press conference was held in Philadelphia, the sight of AI’s greatest triumphs. Per the AP: “I always felt like it was cool being me,’ Iverson said. Iverson retired Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center, the site of so many of the moments he crafted into a Hall of Fame worthy career. Iverson led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA finals, won four scoring titles, clashed with former coach Larry Brown, and was an All-Star game fixture. Winning a championship is the lone void in a bio sheet that forever stamps him among the league’s greats. The undersized guard with the supersized heart was a perfect match in a city that prizes authenticity and hustle as much as production. ‘I’m going to always be a Sixer til I die,’ he said. And his number will always hang in the rafters. Iverson’s No. 3 will be retired on March 1 against Washington. The 38-year-old Iverson had not played an NBA game since Feb. 20, 2010, in his second, short-lived stint with the Sixers. The 6-foot, 165-pound guard also played for Denver, Detroit and Memphis over a 14-year career that has him 19th on the career scoring list with 24,368 points. He also played in Turkey before realizing the NBA doors would not open for him again. ‘I thought that once this day came, it would be basically a tragic day,’ Iverson said. ‘I never imagined the day coming, but I knew it would come. I feel proud and happy to say that I’m happy with my decision and I feel great.’”

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  • Joey

    Random thought: If Allen Iverson were a hockey player and played in the NHL instead, the world would NOT be ready for that!

  • Nick

    The Answer. Nothing else to say.

  • Anthony

    MC HAMMER of the NBA….hope the best for your future Bubba-Chuck. As a fan of the game you were truly entertaining!

  • Vince Gully

    Damn. Even though Iverson’s basically been retired for awhile now, it’s still sad to see him make it official.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Same ol’ AI. One of the greatest to ever play.

  • Dfrance

    Incredibly humble speech, the only people he didn’t thank was the ballboys. lol. I know I joke on his baggy clothing style, but thats Iverson. I’ve appreciate him just always being himself and I hope he wears that same outfit to his HOF induction ceremony.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    He should do a Deion Sanders and wear a pint stripe tuxedo with the gentleman hat to HOF speech.

  • Ugh

    Talkin’ bout retirement?!

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  • Ghetto Heisman

    In terms if skill and talent in relation to overall size–the greatest player EVER. Not a fraud. If more people were as real as AI, that wouldn’t be a bad thing.