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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 at 2:35 pm  |  155 responses

Allen Iverson to Officially Retire


by Tzvi Twersky | @ttwersky

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.

Iverson, 38, played his last professional basketball in Turkey in 2011. Before that, he appeared in his final NBA game, as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, in 2010.

When he last spoke publicly, at a Sixers game on March 30, Iverson answered a question about continuing his career by saying, “My No. 1 goal is trying to accomplish to be the best dad that I can. And if basketball is in my near future, then God will make that happen. But if not, I had a great ride and I’ve done a lot of special things that a lot of guys have not been able to accomplish and people thought I couldn’t accomplish.”

Included amongst those accomplishments are: 13-year career averages of 41.1 mpg, 26.7 ppg, 6.2 apg and 2.2 spg; 71-game Playoff averages 45.1 mpg, 29.7 ppg, 6.0 apg and 2.1 spg. He also won one regular season MVP award, four scoring titles and was named an All-Star 11 times. Maybe most impressive of all, omitting the obvious impact that he had on the culture off-court, was the resilience that the 6-0 guard showed in driving into the lane, into men a foot taller than him, time and time again.

“He might be the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen,” Larry Brown, Iverson’s coach from 1997-2003 and the current coach at SMU, told SLAM today. “I don’t think there’ll be another one like him.

“I’m sure we faced a lot of obstacles, maybe even on a daily basis, but when it came time to play, to try to win a game, he tried to play as hard as he could for his coach.”

“He had a magnificent career, and he enjoyed every minute of it,” says the source. “He enjoyed the places basketball took him, he enjoyed the camaraderie with his teammates and he especially enjoyed that his job was playing the game that he loved.”

In a lengthy sit-down interview with SLAM this past spring, Iverson was overcome with emotion when discussing his tenure in the NBA.

“It enabled me—and it has enabled me—to take care of my family,” said Iverson. “It brought me so many fans and people that love me. I met so many great people. And it made me, whether I like it or not, a role model. It built me up, it knocked me down, it taught me how to get back up. It did a lot for me.”

With basketball behind him, Iverson, the source says, hopes to place all of his energy on his business holdings and children.

“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.”

Iverson will be eligible for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

“If I’m blessed with being a Hall of Famer, it will be emotional,” Iverson said to SLAM last spring. “You can’t mention ‘Allen Iverson’ and don’t mention basketball.”

After starring at Georgetown, Iverson was selected No. 1 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996. He also spent time with the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies.

Since appearing in his final game, at Chicago in February of 2010, Iverson occasionally mentioned the desire to return to the NBA. But for various reasons, both in and out of his control, he was never signed as a free agent.

And now he never will be.

“He deserves better,” said Brown. “I wish he could’ve went out on his own terms, at his own time.”

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  • Jimmy

    End of an era

  • Hussman25

    Oh wow… It’s really real. It’s over

  • 23

    This announcement is about 4 years too late. Everybody with a brain knew he was done long ago. I don’t feel sad for him. I’m happy for him, because he seems to have finally accepted his time is up. I’m also happy to have seen him in his prime.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Not surprised. My favorite player ever. Just hope he gets his life together if what people have been saying about it is true. But the best individual little man to ever play the game.

  • LakeShow

    One of the greats!
    Should have made it official years ago, but we’ll act like it didn’t happen.

  • Johnny Doe

    Good riddance. The king of coonery is gone from the league for good.

  • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjIeIA3G2s5UPQfRPYFyFDw Hart26

    A true great. Congrats on a great NBA career Allen, wishing you all the best.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange saw A.I. play in HS and has been ridin’ with him ever since. Young players like DeMarcus Cousins should watch A.I.’s career closely. If you are a pain in the rear, the L will discard you after your skills erode.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    His Hall of Fame speech will be as emotional as anyone we’ve probably ever seen.

  • aндрій базилевич

    andrew wiggns is his successor . not in physique but in dynamics

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  • Brandan E.

    when he was in college he was a must watch watch! i used to pick to watch him instead of watching jordan playing for the bulls in most nights when AI was in college.
    the younger generation will never know how influential this man was.

  • melvo

    I kinda wish he went out on a higher note. Ever since he left Philly–hell maybe even after Denver–public perception on him has gone way down. Still, he was an amazing player.

  • swissflix

    41 minutes per game! For 13 years! much respect to the answer! You & Garnett embody 90ies bball. thank you for the memories and thank you for crossing over Michael really bad.

  • robb

    “If I’m blessed with being a Hall of Famer, it will be emotional,” What is he talking about? he’s gonna be a HOF without a doubt. Get those tissues ready.

  • Hussman25

    The only sadness is that he won’t get to go out necessarily the way he wanted it to end or how many athletes wish it would end. Walking off the court on your own power, 2 applause & love. A player of his caliber deserved it. I tell u one thing. Kleenex needs to sponsor his jersey retirement ceremony in Philadelphia whenever it happens cause there won’t be a dry eye in the Well that nite.

  • hoodsnake

    I’m confused?!

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Ehh…Wiggins isn’t 5’10, 5’11 165 pounds. Can’t compare.

  • Hussman25

    If he’s eligible 2015 when did his clock start?!?

  • ChosenOne

    Allen Iverson is a warrior with a heart of gold. Someone who could have just ended up another statistic. Someone who saw many of his best friends killed in front of him before the age of 12. Someone who never forgot where he came from or the people he grew up with. Someone who still takes care of those same disadvantaged children with his many charities. Someone who has been married to his childhood sweetheart and raised five kids.
    You can say what you want about this guy, but you can’t deny the HEART he had to play the game he loved. I will always respect the drive he had, and I’ll never forget the run he and his teammates made to the Finals in 01. He could attack the basket better than an anyone.
    Take care AI…

  • Evan Boland

    Nope, not at all. Terrible comparison.

  • ZOGS

    <——LEGEND

  • thisisit20

    Show some damn respect

  • spit hot fiyah

    probably right up there, i don’t think he can top rodman though

  • thisisit20

    One of the greatest ever. I will always have nothing but love for you

  • Feez_22

    AI, one of the most exciting players and one of my favorite players of all time.

  • Anthony

    Literally CHANGED the GAME…from the tatts…to the cornrows…to the dress code they implemented (a subliminal shot from D-Stern in my opinion), there will only be one “A.I.”
    Here’s wishing you peace and blessings in your next chapter…CRU-THIK….

  • St Jamez

    I’m going to miss AI. I stopped watching the nba after you left. Good luck with your future endeavors. You will always be my favorite basketball player of all time.

  • INMYOWNWORLD

    allen iverson is a legend here in philly.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    My favorite player ever. I gained a lot of confidence from watching him play. Must’ve watch “All Iverson: The Answer DVD” hundreds of times back in the day. He sure did deserve a return back to the NBA, but there is too much politics. More than deserves Hall of Fame status.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    I don’t know man. If Larry Brown is there, which I’m sure he will be, along with some of his Sixer teammates, that’s going to be quite an emotional room. If Iverson makes it through 10 mins without getting choked up, I’ll be surprised. That will be the first time where he has a room full of legendary players and coaches applauding him and showing him some respect. That’s going to get to him along with his family…where he came from and what he accomplished. Going to be a tough night.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Last time he played in the league was 2010…5 years…2015.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Should be a legend everywhere!

  • pposse

    i upvoted this then took it away as i read the second part of your last sentence.

  • Wilt Chamberlain

    Sad but happy for him at the same time…

  • bike

    “We Talkin’ Bout _________”

  • K_HOLIDAY

    The reason I wore #3 in high school and college! One of the most exciting players the league has seen and my favorite player of all time! Congrats to you A.I.

  • Andre

    He should have created a signature line for shooting sleeves he would have made even more money.

  • Evan Boland

    Already miss you, A.I. You can get on that rap career now, lol.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Work? Just kiddin… One of the greatest soundbits of all time! lol

  • ratguts

    retirement.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    LMAO!

  • rofe123456

    I heard that Lebrun James want to give him a last chance to get a champion ring.

  • VladSneakerhead

    great dude met him few times in clubs of philadelphia.loved his crossover and drive.last time we wore in finals was him!much missed AI

  • Evan Boland

    Sorry, but he ain’t a great dude.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    why do this?

  • Hussman25

    Alway believed It was 5 years after u filed ur retirement paperwork. Thanks Ish

  • LP @ThisisEther

    1st ballot, aint no doubt……. practice?

  • RipCity

    it’s his own fault, if had accepted a bench role he’d still be playing today

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  • Stillballin2013

    NBA is not the same without AI. I just wish he went out in his own time. Still legend. Good luck in your future. Had fun following your career.

  • playa

    Little-BIG man.One of a kind.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Tell us, when did you meet him?

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  • Ney

    I just want to say i’m really feel glad and blessed to have seen him play. I’m sure he was the inspiration of a generation. God bless AI. Thank you for being my favorite player ever.

  • INMYOWNWORLD

    STFU

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  • swissflix

    oh c’mon, admit it, it was sweet:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3X274lz3wY

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Still remember Iverson’s words of advice to guys coming after him especially LeBron:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mETe-izb1w

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Thank you Tzvi

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  • Nathan Shane Long

    i do agree he did bring coonery and buffoonery to the masses and introduced the urban “hood” culture to the mainstream NBA audience in the early 2000′s he was the greatest small player in NBA history the most electrifying scorer of his generation by far but his massive ego is what has turned his career into a tragedy there is a reason why he has been hooping overseas and not in the NBA the past 3 years and that is because his ego will not allow him to accept the role of an NBA bench player and basically Iverson himself ousted himself out the league by the bad attitude he displayed in Detroit and Memphis and really Iverson career will to me go down as a FAILURE i dont care about the MVP he won during the 2000-2001 or the scoring titles he won during his prime he did it out of selfish gist and ego and ultimately he will be remembered for his classic rant about PRACTICE more than anything else from his career

  • RA3

    One of the Greatest Players of all Time. The reason so many players make the moves they make. One of the reasons these guys can wear what they want after a game. The reason why corn rows, tattoos are all ok now. He changed the game on and off the Court. Cheers the Answer!! You will always be the best Sixer to many and thank you for all the Memories!! A 6 FOOT GAURD from Georgetown! ALLEENNNNNN IVERSONNNNNNNNNNNNNN

  • rskeptic

    I selfishly wanted Alley I back just for his thoughts on the
    hipster fad.

  • logues

    when we talk about “there will never be another” players… 3 guys that come to mind the most are MJ, shaq, and Iverson… I mean when you really think about it, he is one of the most impressive and dominant players ever… to be able to score like he did and dominate games at 6’0 tall and lead his teams as far as he did with the crappy players that surrounded him is quite amazing

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    No. What he will be remembered for is coming from a tough upbringing to being one of the best players to ever play in the NBA. From being in a house with raw sewage on the floor to being the first hip hop icon in the NBA even though Stern didn’t like it so much he implemented a dress code. He will be remembered as the best little man to ever play the game along with Isiah Thomas. He will be remembered for paving the way and letting guys be themselves instead of having to be the next Jordan or the next whoever. He will be remembered for staring Michael Jordan in the eye and crossing him over twice when he had him beaten after the frist move (a man whose likeness he once painted on the door of his bedroom as a kid). He will be remembered for walking into LA, scoring 48 points and taking 1 game away from the Lakers when everyone predicted the Sixers getting swept (and putting up a fight in the next 4 games even though they lost). He will be remembered for playing with a separated shoulder and other injuries. For swallowing blood or spitting it out to avoid having to be taken out of a game (read about it in the Mama Said Knock You Out SLAM cover from 01).

    Only those who don’t know the game and didn’t respect what he did for it will remember that practice rant that so many people completely took out of context.

  • Perry

    To me, any player capable of scoring 60 or more points in a NBA regular season game, 50 or more points in a Playoff game (more than once, which is very rare in the playoffs), 40 or more points in a Finals game and 25 or more points per game during an entire career (especially for more than 10 years) both in the regular season and in the post-season, this player should be, automatically, in the HOF, especially when the player is only 6 feet tall (or, in fact, even shorter than that).

    That alone should be enough to make his case, and I’m not even mentioning his ROY, MVP, 4 Scoring Titles, 11 All-Stars, couple of NBA all-time individual records, or the fact that, even though he was mainly a scorer, he still has more assists per game than Jordan, Kobe, Tony Parker, Billups, Earl Monroe, Gail Goodrich, Dennis Johnson, Clyde Drexler, Pete Maravich, John Havlicek, Sam Jones, Walt Frazier, Hal Greer, KC Jones, Joe Dumars, Reggie Miller and a few other Guards that are or will be in the HOF.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    His performance against my Lakers in the 2001 NBA Finals was legendary and his Game 1 performance was immortal. Wish we were able to see him play one last time.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    As sad as that is you’re probably right.

  • ChosenOne

    I know right!?
    People seem to forget, but AI was right all along about what could happen to LeBron, and guess what?… it did happen. There is a part in that interview where he goes on to say that the media/fans/whoever will pounce as soon as something occurs. He was sending a warning shot to him. He was spot on.
    Also, in this interview, you can tell he has mad respect for Larry Brown.

  • Busta213

    Lol, its a fair point though. During the “big 3″ period, I wished AI went to Boston when he was a free agent. They desperately couldve done with his scoring of the bench – I think he wouldve gotten a ring there.

  • ChosenOne

    I thought it was 6 years. Jordan retired in 03, but didn’t make the hall until 09? Am I missing something?

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    I think the dress code was more an attempt to “clean up the league’s image” after Ron Artest charged into the stands. Had AI been the sole reason for it, they would have instated it a lot sooner.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Nobody can top Rodman, mostly because people could only understand 50% of what that dude says when he gets emotional. A lot of weird noises during that speech.

  • ChosenOne

    …and that step over Tyronn Lue after he crossed him up and made that insane jumper from the baseline.
    He was so unlucky that the one time he made the Finals it was against those dominant Lakers. I still can’t believe they managed to win even a single game over them.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    I remember watching this around the time of the Decision, spot on.

  • RipCity

    that would have been a great fit. He could have backed up Rondo and played a little off the ball with rondo at point

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    “We talkin about retirement! Not a press conference, not a break, not a stint in Turkey, we talkin about retirement! What’re we talking about man? We talkin about retirement.”

    Wasn’t always the biggest fan of him off the court, but man he was fun to watch on the court. And you know everyone imitated his crossover growing up.

    His performances against the Raptors in 01 and that immortal Game 1 against the Lakers will always stand out to me. A once in a generation player.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    you always seemed like one of those idiot coons that idolized and heroized the “great” almighty Allen Iverson who never had anything more but individual success in his career during his prime and only cared individual awards and all-star selections and feeding his massive ego and please don’t talk about the 2001 finals where the mighty Lakers destroyed the hapless 76ers in 5 games because Iverson went off in game 1 just to save face seriously that team that season was just a one man show everyone knows that and to be quite frank only Lebron James 06-07 Cavs was more pathetic than Iverson 00-01 76ers

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    I think that stuff is all but forgotten when you actually announce your retirement and it hits people. He’ll mostly be remembered for his Philly days and his crossover appeal (literally and figuratively in this case).

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    The so-called bad guy of the NBA, all that was supposedly wrong with the NBA after Jordan retired, on stage shedding tears? The “thug” of the league crying talking about where he came from and what he went through to just make it to the league let alone be great in it? Dude who never held back a word he had to say or what he thought? We’ll wait and see, but if there’s one guy who can and will top Rodman, it’s AI.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Eating more paint chips? Would explain a lot.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Even as they were losing, the Lakers had to beat the Sixers. Iverson wasn’t quitting and his passion and heart had the entire team fighting even though we all knew what the outcome was going to be.

  • ChosenOne

    By the way, it is 2016 at the earliest when he is eligible, not 2015.

  • ChosenOne

    as in his actual enshrinement will take place September 2016 most likely.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    That’s what made it iconic. Everyone knew who the overwhelming favorite was and what the outcome would be…except Iverson.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    And the game they won was because of him. Dude scored at will.

  • JoeMaMa

    Allen Iverson represented so much during his time – poverty: a young man from a broken home, fighting out of poverty based on desire and hard work; a lightning rod for racial issues when he was thrown in jail from “the bowling alley incident”; “redemption” at Georgetown; breaking down barriers in the league, seemingly taking on a whole country’s stereotypes; passion: showing more heart than every other player in the league, and somehow (how did he do it?!) being among the best, if not occasionally #1; showing too much pride to be anything less than #2, and having that attitude, which sustained him, end his career….and possibly his family life, though that’s debatable.
    It’s almost as though that desperation to make something of himself is the same thing that led to his sad, lonely exit. I see his candle burning too brightly – he still needs the game. He still wants a city on his back. But that’s over. Is he ready for the next thing?
    I hope so. The guy’s an inspiration. All heart. For better or worse.

  • shockexchange

    If Horry Jr had been on that 76′ers team instead of AI, he woulda been cryin’ bout not having enough help.

  • LaLaLand

    Stephen A Smith is that you??

  • ChosenOne

    I think it’s 2016 he will actually be enshrined into the hall. His speech and everything should happen around September 2016.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    my reponse to you would be what substance are you on to make you dickride someone that is broke and irrelevant like Allen Iverson? and if i “eat paint chips” you damn sure chew on drywall and sniff markers that would for sure explain your trolling way CUNT

  • pposse

    damn you had to go there..i see how it is!

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Just a man with good sense.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Just read up on it at the Hall of Fame website. They must be retired for 5 in order to be considered. Enshrinement happens in year 6.

  • pposse

    a lot of guys remind me of iverson. D rose for example reminds me of a slightly bigger, and badder version of AI.

  • smith stopped, smith blocked.

    there was an article in slam 12 or 15 years ago stating that iverson was the player who missed the most shot (30 pts /game, 40 % fg.)

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Favorite AI Moves/Crossovers??
    * When he hit Antonio Daniels with the double crossover. Broke his right ankle. Then as AD tried to recover, he lost his footing and AI hit him again with the left crossover, took out the other ankle and went glass. AD subsequently call it quits and took a nap on the floor.

  • Max

    LEGEND!

  • TR

    A lot of top guys in the NBA right now were clearly influenced by AI from LeBron to Dwade to Melo…his impact will be felt forever. He rules the early 2000s

  • Steven

    A small sample of what the 2013-14 nba could feature if an nba team would invite Allen Iverson to a training camp and sign him? youtu.be/8SsSdN9rkTw

  • Dfrance

    That’s my favorite right there. Even over the double cross on MJ.

  • Dfrance

    NEVER gets old… NEVER!

  • Dfrance

    I just want to thank AI for proving me and many other doubters wrong. I was a big Marcus Camby fan when he was at UMass and I remember thinking the 76ers were crazy for passing up on Marcus for Iverson. He was too little to make it in the league being a shoot first guard. AI made it immediately clear that he would do much more than just “make it.” I wish him the best in the future.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    It’s going to be an incredibly emotional speech. Iverson has been outspoken spoken since he came in to the league. Some people decided to give him a bad rep in the NBA because they weren’t used to a guy like that with that attitude and did what he wanted to do. At the end of the day, he is the one of the greatest players to play this game and one that changed the game forever also.

  • Mike Jones

    Allen Iverson you are truly a legend in every sense of the word. You have opened my mind and heart to the game of basketball. You have influenced me and many others lives on and off the basketball court.

    Your accomplishments and achievements are often over looked by the NBA and the bandwagon fans. Things you have done will be nearly impossible to replicate unless another very special and future great enters the game.

    The best combo guard to every play the game, you are hero to me and many more.

    Thank you for everything you have done for the game and the culture you have installed within the NBA, alot of players owe you, for setting the standards of what is now wildly acceptable.

    You are my favorite player, favorite sports men. A True legend.

    I love you ALLEN IVERSON.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Legend.

  • KKK

    Thanks AI! You changed the game in NBA!

  • King David

    G.O.A.T.

  • King David

    lol word

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    Respect. Like MJ, I admired his game more when he was gone. In 99 he was the only player I feared My Magic playing in the playoffs cause he was that lethal, scoring wise, that year. And as luck would have it, we got him.

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    The Reebok ghost commercial was a beast everybody tried doing that in school

  • Iowa City is poor

    Especially in court!

  • Slick Ric

    My two favorite players growing up.

  • Iowa City is poor

    DGAF

  • Willis Reed

    first ballot for sure..great player

  • Tony Taylor

    In all respect mr. Long…….fuck you…that is all.

  • John

    1 Of the GOAT Trully

  • King David

    the fact that lebron is considered the best now makes this even sadder SMH

  • Hussman25

    So it should be 2018; I don’t think he’ll wait that long. That’s too far away. May as well open the gates now. He’s a year & half out.

  • Tempest

    Breaking news breaking hearts! Iverson will always own the killer crossover cause he was Breaking ankles!

  • keyon dooling

    *waits for news of Iverson “signing” meaningless 1-day contract with Philly*

  • kishoorVip

    He was better than more than half the players in the league since his last stint with the Sixers…. no team gave him the opportunity… god damn it, hate to see my favorite player leaving !

  • Homeless Bob

    He was an Asshat. A talented asshat, but an asshat nonetheless. Hey, let’s talk about practice!

  • LLC#12

    I loved AI, he’s an inspiration to me cause we’re pretty much exactly the same size, but I hate seeing people say he could still be a star in the NBA now. He’s let it go, why can’t you?

  • King David

    your mother is the king of coonery

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  • Phila legend hang on there Ai

    wow, The Answer, here in Manila- we hail you as our mentor- fighting with a big heart. facing all the challenges with passion and for the love of the game. we will never forget.. “Only the strong survived” the Answer we will surely embraced forever.. applause

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  • King David

    PREACH BROTHER !

  • MACARONI

    A true legend. One of V.A. greatest athletes. Much respect A.I.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    DR.J WILL ALWAYS BE THE GREATEST PLAYER IN 76ERS HISTORY

  • ginger

    he should come back before d-rose

  • athanasia columbus

    Oh Yea!

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  • JamesT32

    A great player and a great career regardless, but for Larry Brown to go as far as to say Iverson deserved a better fate in terms of how his career ended is laughable and nothing short of mindless, revisionist history as his virtual blacklisting from the league in recent years was largely self-inflicted as was his at times pathetic willingness to sign with any NBA team at pretty much any price once it became obvious that he was a longshot to ever receive another invite. Much has been speculated about his deteriorating financial situation, but I’ll reserve comment on that other than to say I won’t be the least surprised if the worst of those rumors are confirmed at some point down the road. Much love for AI on this board and that’s fine as people are entitled to their views, but it’s funny how prone people are to see what they prefer to see as opposed to what’s actually there and how wiling they are to cast any shred of objectivity they possess to the wind when the subject is someone or something they genuinely care about. Sad, really.

  • Tony Taylor

    FTW

  • King David

    what does that mean

  • Tony Taylor

    For the win

  • JamesT32

    Probably pointless to ask you this in the hopes of receiving a coherent response, but what does that mean exactly?

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  • jdg4091

    Best player pound for pound ove ever seen…..more fun to watch than anyone to lace em up

  • Joe Tha Slow

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAcxChq756A

    A legend in the game – found this mix just posted up with some whit eboy highlights…man I miss those days

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  • Interdico Scriptor

    I’m cyber-punching u in the face right now. Feel that?

  • VladSneakerhead

    Dave and Busters on Delaware ave and second time it was Chikies and Petes in south Philly

  • Nathan Shane Long

    screw off cunt

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  • PocketSquareZ com

    Nice!!!

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