Allen Iverson Announces Retirement
In the next few days, Allen Iverson will finally announce his retirement. Despite not playing in the NBA since 2010, Iverson refused to believe that he could no longer play in the NBA. However, the 38-year-old may finally be coming to grips with the fact that he can no longer play professional basketball.
“He might be the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen,” said Larry Brown, Iverson’s former coach. “I don’t think there’ll be another one like him. 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.”
Last spring, Iverson sat down with SLAM magazine and said that “It (basketball) enabled me—and it has enabled me—to take care of my family. It brought me so many fans and people that love me. I met so many great people. And it made me, whether I like it or not, a role model. It built me up, it knocked me down, it taught me how to get back up. It did a lot for me.”
Iverson came into the NBA with a bang, but fizzled out as teams began to pass on the former superstar one-by-one. In Iverson’s mind, basketball always came easy to him, but in the mind of many teams, they didn’t want a player that thought he was better than he really was at this stage of his career. His refusal to come off the bench, in particular, limited his time in Memphis and from other teams signing him as a sixth man.
Time will only tell if Iverson makes the Hall of Fame or not, but no one can deny the fact that Iverson was the best scoring little man the league has ever seen.