Allen Iverson Retires From the NBA
One of professional basketball’s recent greats, Allen Iverson, has announced that he is to retire from the game with immediate effect after failing to sign for a new team following his release from the Memphis Grizzlies.
The four-time scoring champion and 2001 MVP released a 415-word statement published on stephena.com – the personal website of Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist Stephen A. Smith – detailing his plans, but the ambiguous nature of its content has lead some commentators to speculate as to whether the retirement will be permanent.
In the statement, which was released by Iverson last Wednesday, the 10-time all-star explained: “I would like to announce my retirement from the National Basketball Association. Stepping away from the game will allow me to spend quality time with my wife and kids – a reward that far exceeds anything I’ve achieved on the court.”
However, Iverson went on to say that he still had a strong desire to play basketball and stated his belief that he still had what it takes to compete at the highest level, causing some discussion as to whether the 34-year-old was merely taking leave from the game until he received an appropriate offer.
Iverson, who averaged 27.0 points per game during his career – the sixth-best in association history – enjoyed 13 full seasons in the NBA, including a golden decade with the 76ers, where he was crowned the league’s MVP and made an NBA finals appearance in 2001. He was traded to Denver in 2006 and then moved to Detroit in November last year before finally settling with the Grizzlies during the off-season.