Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  47 responses

Report: Allen Iverson to Announce His Retirement

According to a publication called Ajansspor, The Answer is about to hang up his Reeboks. HoopsWorld has the translated text: “Turkish Besiktas famous import, Allen Iverson, appears close to end his career in basketball. The former Philadelphia Sixers’ guard injured his left ankle recently and can’t stand the pain anymore. Later today, he will do a press conference to announce that he is going to have surgery in the United States and will be treated here. ‘Leaving the basketball world makes me sad but, sometimes, we have to accept things like they are. I can say goodbye to basketball,’ he revealed yesterday.”

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  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    And so it ends…

  • TSmoove

    One of the NBA’s greatest leaves us…hopefully we will never forgot The Answer an what he did for the NBA not just basketball wise but culture wise…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    …..and make a return to the NBA.

  • http://sjfklfsl.com Jukai

    Just to be straight, this is time number 3, correct?

  • burnt_chicken

    is there any kind of global agreement between leagues regarding a retirement in one league, then a subsequent return to a (playoff) roster in another?

  • mikee1680

    He’ll never have to practice ever again.

  • AT33

    He should have retired long ago. Now he will be remembered as the screw up who went to Turkey cuz no NBA team wanted him and coudn’t score 2points in the Euroleague.

  • apeman

    again… when does he announce his return?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    I was actually informed that it’s his calf.

  • slamfan4life

    He’s gonna come back in the L……… I KNOW IT

  • riggs

    brett favre syndrome

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Somehow there will still be 25 articles per week about him on SLAM…the words “hip-hop culture” and “real” will be used 96 times per article.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    here’s some highlights from one of his games in turkey. check toward the end how iverson’s team lost. that has to be one of the dumbest basketball plays i’ve ever seen

  • rene_himself@hotmail.com

    Lol @Wayno.

  • Flight

    co-sign @Wayno

  • jrok

    AI is definitely one of the more defining players of this generation who influenced alot of ppl and gave the little guys hope that they can also have success in basketball seeing some of the things he did… if this is for real and he really doesnt come back, it shouldnt have to end in turkey for a former MVP and scoring champ, thats not the way to go out which is why i suspect if he can get back to the NBA he will…

  • http://yahoo.com The Ambassador

    Allen Iverson should make a one hour special reflecting the time he had in Turkey then make another one hour showing which NBA team he would like to go and donate all the money to some sort of charity.

  • Stillballin

    AI will forever my hero..

  • bashmo

    A goddamn beast among men, AI much love, one of the games greatest 2 guards to ever live…respect!!

  • KB8toSG8

    The Answer ends…..

    Wish he gets into the HOF. Best small guy in NBA along with Isiah.


    Next up, the Big Turkey.

  • karma

    “Somehow there will still be 25 articles per week about him on SLAM…the words “hip-hop culture” and “real” will be used 96 times per article.”

    HAHAHAHHHA so true. “He defined the hip hop generation. He kept it real.”

    What they fail to mention is where keeping it real got him. What a tool.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    I KNEW he would not make it through that contract…

  • LA Huey

    *pour some milk on the floor* (I’m eating breakfast)

  • fruizm

    AI is and will always be my favorite player….put please dont make ANOTHER come back!!!!

  • http://valleyofthesuns.com/2011/01/07/amare-stoudemire-same-player-advanced-stats/ nbk

    AI is only 25 more retirements from being basketball’s brett favre

  • http://sjfklfsl.com Jukai

    Awesome, Wayno!

  • 80

    @at33 he was never playing in the Euroleague. His team was competing in a lower european competition, eurocup or something.

  • alex80

    ADIOS AMIGO!!! thanks for the great games, moments ,knees,back,heart and soul you put into this $#%t……

  • Hussman25

    It’s time…

  • JD

    wow. Bet no one enviasged when he was MVP that his retirement would only be given 6 lines. What a great player, he showed lil guys can score.

  • L

    AI is a Hall of famer period. L

  • torobravo

    LMAO @ LA HUEY……

  • kc

    Who didn’t see this coming?

  • rob stewart

    SLAM holla at me on the ALL-Iverson SLAM issue.

  • True H

    He went above and beyond to ensure that his legacy would be tarnished. I’m actually impressed at how little grace his career ended with. David Robinson he is not! lol

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    The ‘injury’ is just a cover for quitting. Again.

  • doyouwantmore

    GOODBYE. I hope its for real this time.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    One story said he had some sort of bone growth. At least on Hoops Hype it said that. Something about a tumor.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    ^yeah I just read that, the tumor thing sounds scary…. wish AI the best

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  • nobrain

    not true. i talked to AI and he’ll be back in 2 months. reporting from istanbul/turkey

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    A freaking lesion, pressing against his bone? Hope it’s benign.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    The National Basketball League Australia is about to reach the playoffs… and the Wollongong Hawks are in need of an injured yet capable guard….
    …. : )

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Wish The Answer the best of luck in the future.

  • MikeC.

    I just don’t understand all the hype for one of the game’s all-time losers and headcases.

  • parantap

    …………..make a comeback as MJ did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!