ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that he was informed (likely through a text message) that Allen Iverson will officially retire at the Sixers' home opener against the Miami Heat on October 30th. The 38 year old guard last appeared in a NBA game for the 76ers back in 2010. He last played professionally in 2011 during a short stint in Turkey.
Iverson was the first overall pick to the 76ers in 1996 out of Georgetown. He had a very, very successful NBA career as he won the 1997 Rookie of the Year award and 2001 Most Valuable Player award. He was an 11-time All-Star, four-time NBA scoring champion, three-time NBA steals leader, three-time All-NBA First Team, three-time All-NBA second team, and two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP.
In his 14 year NBA career, Iverson averaged 26.7 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game. His greatest feat might have been leading the 2001 Sixers to the NBA Finals where they fell to Shaq, Kobe, and the Lakers in five games.
Iverson was an undersized, electric player. He was a polarizing figure who burnt bridges and saw his fortune collapse around him after his playing days ended. However, at the end of the day, Iverson will always be welcomed back to Philadelphia with open arms. He always did know how to keep us entertained.
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