Allen Iverson to officially retire from the NBA? He is expected to give his “answer” soon.
NBA star Allen Iverson will reportedly announce his retirement from pro basketball as early as this week.
A former NBA Rookie of the Year, MVP, and four-time scoring champion, Iverson spent most of his 14-year career with the Philadelphia 76ers after being selected by the team as the first overall pick in 1996. He also was a member of the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and Memphis Grizzlies as well as played for a team in Turkey. He averaged 26.7 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.7 rebounds for his NBA career. He averaged 29.7 points per game in the playoffs, second all time behind Michael Jordan. Yahoo! Sports notes that “Along the way he worked as one of the league’s most popular players, a relatable person due to his relatively short stature amongst NBA giants, and a familiar presence and image (with cornrows and tattoos in full display well before they became the norm) to those well-versed with the changing culture of the late 1990s and early part of the 21st century.”
According to SLAM Online, “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.”
Nicknamed AI or “the Answer,” the 11-time All-Star guard who played at Georgetown University for two years is considered a strong contender if not a lock for the NBA Hall of Fame. He ranks number 19 on the NBA all-time scoring list.
Iverson told SLAM previously that “If I’m blessed with being a Hall of Famer, it will be emotional. You can’t mention ‘Allen Iverson’ and don’t mention basketball.”
The former NBA star has also encountered various off-the court issues that have landed him in legal court such as back child support and home foreclosure.