Posted August 21, 2013

Report: Allen Iverson set to ‘officially announce retirement from NBA’

Allen Iverson, Ben Golliver, Philadelphia 76ers
Allen Iverson was honored with a bobblehead in Philadelphia on Saturday. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

Allen Iverson last played in an NBA game in 2010. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

After years spent clutching to his hoop dreams, 11-time All-Star Allen Iverson is reportedly set to “officially announce his retirement” from the NBA this week.

SlamOnline.com reports that the 38-year-old Iverson, who last stepped foot on an NBA court in February 2010, has apparently come to terms with the fact that his playing career is over. As recently as March, Iverson was still holding out hope for a possible comeback, although he seemed to realize that the writing was on the wall.

“If the road ends here, then it does and I am not bitter about it,” Iverson told CSNPhilly.com during a visit to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, where he was honored with a bobblehead in his likeness. “At some point it comes to an end regardless, however it comes, whether it is retirement or injury, at some point it comes to an end. I am happy and content with everything that has gone on in my life and I am just looking for the next phase, and if I get a chance to play again I would love the opportunity, but if not I will continue to just be happy.”

Those comments echoed a similar sentiment expressed by Iverson back in May 2012, when he attended a playoff game between the Sixers and Celtics.

“I’m not using that word [retirement],” he said during an in-game interview televised on ESPN at the time. “I want to play basketball so bad. … I mean, the way it is right now, I’ve accepted the fact that [playing in the NBA] might not happen, but I still want to play basketball. If I can get an opportunity to where it’s going to make me happy at the end of my career, I’ll take that opportunity. But I just love to play and I want to have another opportunity to play on the professional level.”

Iverson briefly played for Besiktas, a Turkish club, in 2010. His time there was cut short due to a leg injury, and he hasn’t played professionally since, although a D-League team was reportedly interested in his services back in January, .

Regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound scorers in NBA history, Iverson averaged 26.7 points and 6.2 assists during a 14-year career that included stops with the Sixers, Nuggets and Grizzlies. Selected No. 1 overall in the 1996 NBA Draft, Iverson was the 1997 Rookie of the Year, the 2001 MVP, a three-time All-NBA first-team selection and a four-time scoring champ. He is destined for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Iverson has also made his share of headlines off the court in recent years. Back in December, divorce filings revealed that he is dealing with some fairly serious financial problems.

23 comments
Terry
Terry

I think he needs to officially make the announcement so the clock can begin on his HOF induction.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

If he didn't have too big of an ego to come off the bench for a contending team and contribute 15 minutes a game at least, he could still be playing, but he couldn't do that. A lot of Hall of Famers towards the end of their careers accepted bench roles so they could get a ring. Bill Walton, Bob McAdoo, Robert Parish, Gary Payton, Alonzo Mourning, just to name a few. But Iverson couldn't do that and stayed in denial. He's probably mostly broke now because of having to keep his freeloading entourage happy. I wonder how many of those friends he has left since the money ran out. Happy retirement, AI. Hope you do something productive with your life. 

Rubeisaboob
Rubeisaboob

I also officially announced my retirement from basketball today.  I haven't played since high school, but like AI I thought it was time.

beast
beast

There is no retiring from being stupid.

jeffr85392
jeffr85392

At least he won't have to think up excuses for blowing off practices.

Greg50
Greg50

Don't you have to be playing to retire?

Phillies113
Phillies113

This is like when an obviously gay person comes out to his friends and family. "Dude...we've known for a while."

Mark112
Mark112

The NBA should send Iverson a bill for all of the paint he chipped off of the rims from all of the bricks he shot. Of course, AI would just stiff the league on the bill. I wonder if Alan ever paid the fine for parking his sled in the space reserved for handicapped parking.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Hey hey this guy works for me now, he washes dishes at my restaurant. Calls in sick quite a bit though, maybe if he puts in extra work off the clock he might be one of the great dishwashers of all time. 

rotosportsbook
rotosportsbook

Was one of the great underdogs in NBA history.  He won an MVP, multiple scoring titles, and took a team whose second best player was ____ (Aaron McKie?) to the NBA finals.  All while being 5'10".  Show some respect for a legend.

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

No one cares, not even his ex-wives.

The Bob McAdoo of his day: great numbers, not enough wins to matter....

riley8
riley8

Not many care AI.  At least you can say you helped bring in the thug era of the NBA.  Well done.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

First,  I though Iverson was older than 38 , probably because he was away from the scene so long..  "did tawana tell you that"  seems like it was yesterday and for those who do not know that was around the time Iverson was charged with terrorism ...lol 
 
Second, I bet Iverson would pay to go to practice today, instead of saying "why do i have to" if it meant playing in the league again   
 
Third, Let this be a lesson to you boys and girls, Time is very fleeting before you know its gone, that is why you should enjoy every moment of the good times instead of pissing it away..

horstradoomus1
horstradoomus1

Amazing! He retired 3 years after no one wanted him anymore. That's like an office worker showing up at the office 3 years after he was walked out by security and screaming "I quit!". Not very effective.

Hubert2
Hubert2

Is the word "announce" the proper one to use? Shouldn't it be "acknowledge", considering it has been several years since he has played?

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

Uh...lol.  Okay, Iverson.  It's been official, bro.       All time great.  

Mark112
Mark112

@rotosportsbook  

Actually, the Answer to Nothing stands six feet tall and shot a rock solid 42.5% from the floor (and 40% in the playoffs). He should get a job at the bricklayer's union.,