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Thursday, October 17th, 2013 at 3:30 pm  |  46 responses

Allen Iverson to Announce Retirement at Sixers’ Home Opener


For some time now, we’d known that Allen Iverson had decided to hang it up for good. The Answer, according to NBA.com, will make the announcement official on October 30 in front of the adoring crowd in Philly: “Sources say that the official announcement is scheduled for Oct. 30, the day after the NBA’s regular season begins, when the 76ers play their home opener against Miami. In addition, sources indicate that the organization may be discussing some kind of post-playing position for Iverson. Though he wouldn’t be expected to have input with the current coaching staff, Iverson could travel with the team on occasional road trips. If Iverson is indeed through playing — he had brief dalliances with teams in Turkey and China the last couple of years while trying to get back into the NBA — it will end one of the greatest careers in league history, one in which Iverson’s image and lifestyle made as many headlines as his on-court play. In 14 NBA seasons, Iverson scored 24,368 points, averaging 26.7 points a game. His point total is 24th on the all-time scoring list.”

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  • RyanDeahn

    How many times is this going to happen? haha

  • Steven310

    People need to start asking the “right” questions. The question we should be asking is: “How many times is his retirement, real and false, going to be reported?”

    Iverson has only retired from the nba one time which was in 2009 prior to his second stint with Philly. Any other retirement announcements are false or premature and examples of indirect, failed attempts by various entities to force him into retirement.

    The nba has been successful in forcibly removing him from the league for the past 3 years (against his will) but you can`t force him into retirement – he can remain a free agent for the rest of his life if he wants even though it`s essentially pointless. His decision to retire is his and his alone.

    Salute Allen Iverson.

  • Dfrance

    AI is ironing his finest of white tee and baggy jeans combos for the event as we type.

  • ChosenOne

    See you at Springfield in a few years AI !

  • Ed

    did his Mom really spend 1.5 mil on lottery tickets?

  • bike

    And during this ceremony, he will talk about pursuing his lifelong dream of becoming a living crash-test dummy for major auto manufacturers.

  • Tobias Fernandez

    How about some love for Jason Kidd today Slam?Nets are Retiring his jersey tonite. Maybe some sweet highlights of Captain Kidd to K-Mart, VC……

  • ScrewT

    I thought he did this last season?

  • LakeShow

    Longest retirement EVARRRR!

  • Guest3

    Knowledge is power.

    Educational Video #1: youtu.be/HJyFGjsHfYs

    Educational Video #2: youtu.be/RwHt_AXjQEs

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    “The NBA has been successful in forcibly removing him from the league for the past 3 years (against his will)”

    No GM thinks he’s worth the league minimum. That’s the bottom line. This isn’t some conspiracy, just a simple case of a high-risk low-reward aging great who GMs don’t think is worth a roster spot.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    AI HOF

  • Russell J

    No…meathook,A.I. was indeed forced out of the league against his will and everyone knows it. Just shut your mouth already.

  • Guest__

    Let me see if I understand this. A player`s value is based on his production, his potential to contribute. Allen Iverson, a player who can average/contribute at least 12 points, 4 assists, 1.2 steals per game as a primary starter or reserve is not worth the league minimum. That potential production is not worth less than a million (the league minimum)?

    What exactly is your definition of high-risk, low-reward because acquiring Iverson would be exactly the opposite in terms of his potential contributions on the court and the financial incentives that the team would benefit from based on the increase in ticket sales. Yes, there are people who would play to watch Allen Iverson like me, for example.

    You don`t think this is a conspiracy and you have the right to your own opinion. But your reasoning is flawed. The bottom line is Iverson doesn`t care whether he starts or comes off the bench, he just wants to play. He is the definition of low-risk, high reward because knowledgeable sports fans, analysts, and even Gms know the potential contributions he can add to a team. Again Iverson is low risk, high reward.

    In contrast, these are players who have been given recent contracts that are high-risk, low reward.

    Brandon Roy, a player whose value diminished every time he stepped on the court, was worth a 2 yr, $10 million deal according to the Minnesota GM. Greg Oden (Miami) whose risk to reward ratio is self-explanatory since he can`t stay on the court. Lamar Odom (LAC and now receiving interest from LAL according to reports) whose risk to reward ratio is self-explanatory since he can`t play. Jason Collins (Boston) who spent time on a roster last season for something like the 10th season. He has been a high risk, low reward player since he entered the league. How about Luke Walton (Cleveland) who made 6 million last season? Can you explain what Gms see in Kwame Brown (76ers) or Jamal Tinsley who started 32 games for Utah last season or Michael Beasley (just signed by Mia) or Rashard Lewis (Miami) or Juwan Howard (sort of played for Miami) or Derek Fisher (Okc) or Jerry Stackhouse (Brooklyn)?

    Could you please explain these phenomenons? Or would you rather wake up, smell the fresh coffee and realize that the nba has in fact played a major role in forcing and keeping Iverson out of the league?

    Let me know what you decide to do.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Pound for pound one of the greatest to ever do it. Hope Philly packs the house for my guy!

  • hoodsnake

    Jeez can’t this broke ass bad example of a human being just go away????

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    “The bottom line is Iverson doesn`t care whether he starts or comes off the bench, he just wants to play. He is the definition of low-risk, high reward because knowledgeable sports fans, analysts, and even Gms know the potential contributions he can add to a team.”
    Really now? AI just wants to play? Was he willing to accept a limited role with the Pistons? What about the Grizzlies? Or what about his second run with the Sixers? He even turned down an invite to the D-League. Throughout his entire career, AI has been a high-maintenance player who was ball-dominant and needed a ton of shots to be effective. When he was in his mid/late-twenties averaging 30+ points per game, he was worth the inconvenience of missed practices and the effort of building an entire franchise around. But now that he’s lost a step and is 38 years old…not so much.
    There are a ton of players who could average double digits in points but aren’t in the league for one reason or another. Time and again, former all-stars like Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury, Gilbert Arenas, and Allen Iverson find themselves on the outside looking in because attitudes, age, and injuries have caught up with them. I’m glad you mentioned DFish, Juwan Howard, and Stack, all of whom are still in the L for their leadership, professionalism and presence in the locker-rooms.
    There is so much more to the L than just having the potential to average double digits in points if given enough minutes. Don’t believe me? Ask Delonte West, the starting point guard for YOURRRRR FUJIAN XUNXING!!!!

  • Lenin-Gil Phillips

    AI brought a lot of money to the NBA and his sponsors. I mean every kid when I was growing up had some kind of AI merchandise. He was almost everyone’s favourite, such a talented small guard at 6 feet who couldn’t be stopped.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    LOL please explain to me how AI was “forced” out of the league.
    Let me guess, Steve Francis and Marbury were “forced” out of the league as well, right? Kenyon Martin too?
    If a team thinks you can benefit them either on the court or in the locker-room, they’ll offer you a contract. It’s why volatile knuckleheads like Metta World Peace, injury-plagued guys like Marcus Canby, and pine-riders like Juwan Howard (played last year and will coach this year) are still earning NBA paychecks.
    When your issues (age/attitude/injuries/substance abuse) outweigh your potential output, you find yourself on the outside looking in (Richard Dumas, JR. Rider, Steve Francis, Allen Iverson, Delonte West, and soon to be Michael Beasley if he doesn’t smarten up).
    I am a huge AI fan. Have been since his freshman year at Georgetown. Damn near cried when he and Victor Page took and L to Marcus Canby’s UMass squad. But let’s call a spade a spade. He’s a 38 year old, 5’11 3/4, 170 pound shooting guard who has lost a step in speed, has displayed questionable behavior, has an average jumper, and will probably be a liability on the defensive end.

  • Avery Smith

    that sir, is the essence of a comment. Well done.

  • Par

    They should just retire his jersey on this night as well! This should be AI’s final appearance on TV till his Hall Of Fame speech….It will be such an emotional night, they should retire AI’s jersey now so they don’t have another awkward homecoming in another year he has already had this moment like 2 times already first with the game 6 in 2012 handing the game ball and boy was the crowd on fire and than again on bobble head night …..this will be the hottest crowd since the 2001 finals but if they keep bringing AI in over and over it will become overkill…he was really exclusive and different his entire career so keep it that way!

    Either way its sad because he should be playing right now..not retiring.

    Thanks AI

  • Smits#45

    Exactly. I thought this was the third time he retired. No disrespect to AI but just go already.

  • danpowers
  • ai83

    Allen Iverson is being forced to retire, it is a shame that a legend like AI has not yet in the league, Steve Nash is 39 and injured and continues to playing, it is inexplicable that AI is out of the league.

    Only one reason: David Stern, ESPN and all the press ruined the career of Iverson, AI can still contribute 15 points, 5 asist on any team, this is obvious, in 2010 he averaged 14 points (Sixers). ESPN has no shame and Chris Browsard, saying only the famous phrase “practice”, please, we’re talking about a hall of fame, 11 time all star, one mvp, 4 time scoring and why ESPN only talks about the phrase “practice”? Inexplicable.

    The conspiracy against Allen Iverson is obvious, but his legacy will always be there, Stern can not do anything against it.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Pound for pound, the best player to ever play. I just hope he has some involvement with the NBA moving forward.

  • Chester

    Can’t believe they retired his jersey in a pre-season game! I mean come on give the guy some respect, at least retire him at the actual home opener, where the actual fans will be there to support him :/

  • VictorDeLaWood

    That and the fact that he wanted to play on a contender while also starting… wouldn’t let up either.

  • Dfrance

    Well he’ll be watching the home opener from home, but yes, a regular season would have been better.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    - In 2010 Brandon Roy averaged 22/5/4
    - In 2010 Chauncey Billups averaged 19/3/6
    - in 2010 Amar’e Stoudemire averaged 23/9

    So AI averaged 14 ppg 4 years ago and can average more than that now as a 38 year old?! Just stop. That 09-10 season was a looooong time ago. Why can’t you conspiracy theorists just let go of the past and appreciate Allen Iverson for the all-time great that he was?

  • Anthony

    Here, here…well said sir! (May it forever be 1996 to 2006)….wait I was with my 1st wife then….nooooo, never mind!

  • Anthony

    My thoughts exactly…had to have the ceremony pre-season b/c of the DUI suspension…..

  • VanCityBBall

    J Kidd said he wanted to do it in a pre season game because he knows the distractions that come with an event like this during the regular season… I would rather have him do it in the season opener too but it was his decision

  • Guest__

    Either come with the FACTS or don`t come at all. And yes, you should feel dumb.

    http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/07/allen-iverson-willing-to-play-any-role-on-an-nba-team/

  • Guest__

    Why are you comparing Allen Iverson to Roy, Billups and Stoudemire?

    There are starch differences in the turning points of these careers.

    For example, Roy could no longer be effective on the court because he could not stay on the court due to degenerative arthritis in his knee; an ailment that gets worse as you continue to play. Please refer to his last season in Minnesota in which he played 5 games in TOTAL.

    Billups tore his left achilles tendon in 2012 and has been an ineffective, below average player ever since. I`m not quite sure why he`s still playing.

    Amare Stoudemire had microfracture knee surgery in 2011 and has had to additional knee operations one in 2012 and another in 2013 which has kept him off the court and placed great limitations on his game.

    In contrast, Iverson had minor injuries (hamstring, calf, knee, back) from 2008-11 none of which required surgery. Currently, he`s a 100% healthy.

    Iverson didn`t suffer from any career-ending or career-altering injuries, so why are you comparing him to these players?

    You keep responding to comments but you have yet to make a valid argument on this forum.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Actions speak louder than words. AI’s stubborn insistense that he was still worthy of being an offensive focal point (when he clearly wasn’t) at his last 3 NBA stops have been well documented.

    AI can say all the right things, but the fact of the matter is that he burned several bridges throughout his career, and GMs aren’t gonna throw him a bone. And the one break he did catch (a D-League offer to prove that he still has something to offer an NBA team), he snubbed. Jamaal Tinsley and Shaun Livingston proved their worth in the D-League and earned spots on NBA rosters for their hard work. Shoot, even Antoine Walker was on his grind in the D.

    It’s easy to talk the talk, but unfortunately, AI has never displayed the ability to embrace being a “role player”.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Firstly, it doesnt matter whether you post as Steven310, ai83, or a guest, you’re still wrong.

    Secondly, AI has A LOT of mileage and wear and tear on his body. He averaged more than 36 minutes a game for 12 seasons. And any Iverson fan would be the first to admit that those years were filled with both nagging and debilitating injuries as well as the burden of being his team’s primary/only offensive option for the most part.

    Thirdly, Iverson’s personal problems have been well documented. He’s admitted to being and alcoholic, a gambling addict, and his inability to pay child support will most likely have him serving time. The man’s life is in shambles!

    He’s 38, has a ton of mileage/injuries, lost a step or 3, is undersized, has a checkered past with each and every NBA team that he’s ever suited up for, and is battling alcohol and gambling addictions and law suits…but he’s “low risk”, right?

    Post something with substance because right now, you’re just slurping!

  • Guest__

    Like I told Victor, either come with facts and evidence to support your statements or don`t come at all. Iverson`s hesitance about coming off the bench was settled back in 2011. Try to keep up.

    http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/07/allen-iverson-willing-to-play-any-role-on-an-nba-team/

    And if you actually expected Iverson to accept that invitation to the D-League w/o ANY GUARANTEE of getting back into the nba (i.e. being signed by an nba team), you are an idiot. The profession of the average “Developmental League” player is full of uncertainty and hope. Uncertainty in not knowing if they will make it to the nba and stay there. Many players are signed to 10-day nba contracts and that is as close as they ever get after they expire. Many players don`t get any contracts. Yet they continue to HOPE for the opportunity to get there – in most cases (greater than 50%) though after months or sometimes yrs of playing in the D-League they accept defeat, and either play overseas or switch professions. This is what Dallas was offering. A D-League opportunity. NO GUARANTEES. Why would Iverson want to subject himself to such ambiguity after waiting 3 years for an NBA team to contact him? The Mavs did not offer him a contract, did not promise to offer him a contract if he played for their d-league team for a certain period of time; and no other NBA team showed any interest.

    Now if the Mavs were really interested in Iverson they would not have waited until late January 2013 to reach out to him because they were well aware of the condition of the team heading into the 2012-13 season. Dirk would miss a large portion of the season. They didn`t know what to expect from O.J. Mayo who would be an everyday starter for the first time in his career. They didn`t know what to expect from Collison night in, night out as an inconsistent player. If they truly wanted Iverson in a Mavs jersey, they would have invited him to training camp in September 2012 and signed him to a 1-yr contract.

    But that`s not what they did because they were not interested in Iverson. They were only interested in using him as a sideshow for profit.

    In light of other nba veterans returning via training camps and 1 yr minimum contracts, why wouldn`t Iverson be granted the same opportunity? There is a substantial difference between playing in the D-League in an attempt to return to the nba as opposed to having a guaranteed contract from an nba team.

    Rasheed Wallace had played his last nba game in 2010 (same as Iverson) until the knicks signed him in October 2012. The knicks were reportedly interested in his services during the offseason and they backed up their interest when they invited him to training camp and later signed him. THAT IS A REAL OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN TO THE NBA. It is the closest one can ever get to ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY or a GUARANTEE in sports rhetoric (because a player can always be waived). Even so, there is an obvious distinction between the two transactions: one player was assured an nba return while the other was not.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Newsflash!!! AI is no where close to being in a position where teams have to court him. HE needs to prove his worth and commitment to a comeback. He was waiting 3 years for a phone call that never happened. He needs any team WAAAAAAAY more than any team needs him at this point.

    STOP SLURPING!!!

  • Guest__

    Dude, my name isn`t Steven and I actually know who ai83 is because we follow each other on twitter lol. Now let`s move on.

    Iverson was 34 when he played his last nba game. He played all 82 games for Denver when he was 32. Then 57 for Denver and Detroit when he was 33. Then 28 for Memphis and Philly when he was 34. So he has the mileage of a 34 or 35 year old basketball player. Doesn`t that seem logical? You`re helping me prove one of my main points: that Iverson`s actual age is not indicative of his basketball age because he hasn`t endured the wear and tear of a 38-yr old player since he hasn`t played since he was 34/35.

    Now I see you`re getting desperate now in your argumentative tactics being that you`re bringing up media-fabricated issues ROFL. Iverson is not an alcoholic. He`s not a chronic gambler, and his children are well-off in the upper class echelon of the economic class system. Perhaps you should actually do some research rather than rely on a 3-yr old interview from Stephen A. Smith who leeched off of Iverson for 10+ years in route to a position on ESPN and TMZ for facts LMAOOOO.

    Gullibility at its finest. Yet another invalid argument that has been debunked.

  • VictorDeLaWood

    AI? Don’t get all butt hurt, enjoy all the money you made while you… oh wait, never mind.

  • Guest__

    Please refrain from posting anymore comments on this forum.

    Arenas was ineffective in the nba following his knee surgery. Case closed. The fact that you brought him up tells me you know very little to nothing about basketball.

    Marbury is happy in China. He wouldn`t want to return to the nba even if an nba team offered him a contract. He even said so after the his Beijing Ducks won the title last year.

    If you believe Francis can average double-figures in the nba, then more power to you but you have not provided evidence to support this claim which your argument invalid.

    “I’m glad you mentioned DFish, Juwan Howard, and Stack, all of whom are
    still in the L for their leadership, professionalism and presence in the
    locker-rooms.” LOOOOOOL

    They`re in the league for their leadership, professionalism, and presence? Really?

    Here`s a fact: Derek Fisher was playing for Dallas in December 2012 until he asked to be released to spend more time with his family. Two months later in February 2013 he joined OKC.

    Wait, what happened to the family time?

    I mean I live in Houston and I have family in Dallas and Oklahoma. Guess what? Dallas and Oklahoma City is only a few hours apart. Is that the leadership, professionalism, and presence you were referring to? GTFOH Fisher knew Dallas wasn`t going anywhere and he wanted to play for a championship contender. Case closed.

    Let`s move on to Juwan Howard. Where would Miami be w/o Howard`s leadership, professionalism, and presence on the bench? Those 7 regular season games that he played in were crucial. I don`t see how Miami would have won back-to-back titles w/o Howard`s 3.0 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and those all-important pre-game pep talks. Who needs the (8+9+5+10) = 32 years of playoff experience between Lebron, Wade, Bosh, and Ray Allen when you have a Juwan Howard leading the team in a suit from bench.

    Stackhouse did not play a single after April 17, 2013. He was a non-factor in the playoffs. But I`m sure Brooklyn prospered from his leadership, professionalism, and presence as he sat watching from the bench while the Nets loss to the Rose-less Bulls in the 1st round of the playoffs in Game 7 at home.

  • Guest__

    This argument is over. I`m done with you. You`re a lost cause.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Debunked/ How so, because you say so?

    “He has hit rock bottom, and he just hasn’t accepted it yet,” says former Philadelphia teammate Roshown McLeod.

    “I don’t even have money for a cheeseburger,” Iverson shouted toward his estranged wife, Tawanna, who then handed him $61.

    “I worry about him, “A lot…I just don’t like to see it end this way,” Larry Brown said. Who’s sentiments are echoed by former teammates Aaron Mckey and Eric Snow.

    “When he met with an investigator to discuss custody of his five children, he “smelled remarkably of alcohol,” according to the investigator’s testimony. Months later, during a scheduled alcohol evaluation, he again arrived with wreaking of alcohol on his breath.”
    So let me get this straight, former teammates, his ex-wife, his former coach, legendary trainer Tim Grover, investigators assigned to evaluate Iverson’s ability to share custody of his children, they’re ALL Wrong, right? This is ALLLLL part of some conspiracy to keep AI out of the league, right?!
    STOP SLURPING!!!!!!

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    “that Iverson`s actual age is not indicative of his basketball age because he hasn`t endured the wear and tear of a 38-yr old player since he hasn`t played since he was 34/35.”
    you CAN’T be serious. Allen Iverson has logged 37 584 minutes in his NBA career. That’s significantly more minutes than Clyde Drexler, Dikembe Mutumbo, Isiah Thomas, and David Robinson. Regardless of how old he was when he last played, the mileage and beating his body has endured as an undersized lead guard who lived in the lane is undeniable.
    Use your head, not your keyboard!!!

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    OWNED!!!

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