Is This Really the End for AI?
For now, the only two people who seem absolutely certain that this is the end of Allen Iverson’s career, are A.I. himself and his personal manager, Gary Moore. Everyone else is still in a bit of shock, and waiting (some hoping) to see if The Answer eventually changes his mind.
Taking a read through Iverson’s official statement regarding the retirement, one can’t help but get the feeling that even he’s not totally convinced this is the end:
I would like to announce my plans to retire from the National Basketball Association. I always thought that when I left the game, it would be because I couldn’t help my team the way that I was accustomed to. However, that is not the case.
I still have tremendous love for the game, the desire to play, and a whole lot left in my tank. I feel strongly that I can still compete at the highest level.
That doesn’t sound like a guy who’s ready to hang up his Reeboks forever. If anything, it sounds like a man without a country, so to speak.
For the time being anyway, it’s time to say goodbye to one of the most amazing players to ever play in the NBA. He did it his way — and though he didn’t always do it the “right way” (which may have ultimately pushed him out of the League) — you have to respect him for that.
Thanks for the memories, A.I. Here’s to many more down the line.