Allen Iverson spent 14 years devoting himself to the NBA, averaging 26.7 points and 6.2 steals per game, but he never placed the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy on his mantle. SLAM reported that a source close to Iverson revealed “The Answer” will soon officially announce his retirement from the league.
He turned the crossover ankle-breaker into an art form, and became a cultural icon in the 90s. His sagging jeans and copious amounts of bling was said to have served as a major reason for former NBA commissioner David Stern to implement the dress code policy in 2005.
In his prime, the six foot tall Iverson embarrassed anyone who dared to guard him, no matter who they were—Michael Jordan included.
Although he expressed strong animosity toward practice (as in his famous press conference rant in 2002), Iverson played every game for the fans with his heart on his sleeve.
For the majority of his career, he sunk jump shots in the City of Brotherly Love for the 76ers. During that time he won the MVP award and led his team to the finals in the 2000-01 season. In addition, he held the NBA scoring champion and steals leader titles from 2001-03.
Owners then traded him around the Denver Nuggets, the Detroit Pistons and the Memphis Grizzlies. He finished his NBA career back in Philadelphia, and spent a year logging minutes for the Besiktas team in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2010-11.
The Dallas Mavericks offered him a spot on their D-League team, but the 1996 first-round draft pick was not about to try restarting his career from scratch.
Long-time former 76ers coach Larry Brown told SLAM: “I don’t think there’ll be another one like him. He deserves better. I wish he could’ve went out on his own terms, at his own time.”
Since playing in Turkey in 2011, Iverson has expressed interest in returning to the NBA. However, the sad reality is that no team wants to pay an aged star.
Iverson has been married for 12 years and has five children. If he retires this year, he will be an eligible Hall of Fame inductee in 2015.