Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – After a few failed attempts to draw interest from NBA teams, Allen Iverson will announce his retirement this week.
The 38-year old guard last played in the NBA in February 2010 with the Philadelphia 76ers and professionally in Turkey in 2011.
He will now place all of his energy on his business holdings and children.
“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,” said Iverson last March 30 when asked about a comeback while at attending a Sixers game.
“He might be the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen,” said Larry Brown, Iverson’s coach from 1997-2003. “”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.”
An 11-time All-Star, he finished with career averages of 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 2.2 steals. Iverson played in 71 career postseason games, appeared in the NBA Finals once, and won MVP in 2001.
The six -footer will forever be remembered for his playing style, flashing one of the great crossovers in NBA history and driving into the lane clogged by men a foot taller than him,.
He also famously, or infamously, derided the importance of practice in one well-known outburst.
Selected No. 1 overall by the 76ers in 1996 out of Georgetown, Iverson also played for the Nuggets, Grizzlies and Pistons during his 13-year career.