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Allen Iverson Retires

Posted by Jo$h on November 25, 2009

It was announced today through Stephen A. Smith that Allen Iverson is retiring from the game of basketball.  It seems that this may just be for the time being as Iverson continues to insist that he can still play and that this isn’t the way he wanted to retire.  Iverson is unwilling to take a lesser role on a team as he feels he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level.  Now it seems that Iverson will wait it out until a team is willing to give him the reigns of a squad as he desires.  Eventually, I hope Iverson can swallow his pride and take a role on a contender so he can again play for the title that has eluded him.  Iverson led a team all the way to the Finals pretty much by himself.  Basketball is a team game, but if you ever saw the 2001 Sixers play, you’d know that you could’ve pretty much thrown any 4 guys on the floor with him and he’d still have made it to the Finals.

Here’s the Iverson moment that fans will always remember the most.

Read Iverson’s full statement after the jump.

I would like to announce my plans to retire from the National Basketball Association. I always thought that when I left the game, it would be because I couldn’t help my team the way that I was accustomed to. However, that is not the case.

I still have tremendous love for the game, the desire to play, and a whole lot left in my tank. I feel strongly that I can still compete at the highest level.

Stepping away from the game will allow me to spend quality time with my wife and kids. This is a reward that far exceeds anything that I’ve ever achieved on the basketball court. I have prayed for this day and I see it as my greatest gift.

I want to thank the people of Reebok International Ltd., for always allowing me to be me and for supporting me my whole career through all the ups and downs. I have enjoyed 13 wonderful seasons in the NBA, and I am grateful.

I want to first acknowledge my fans everywhere, who have been with me throughout my entire career. Without you, there would be no me. You should all know that I appreciate your support from the bottom of my heart. Thank you!

To Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird, you guys gave me the vision to play the game that will be forever in my heart.

To my Mom, who encouraged and inspired me to play every day, and to all of my family and friends who stood by me from the beginning. Thank you!

To my high school coach, Michael Bailey, Coach John Thompson at Georgetown University, Coach Larry Brown and to all of my other coaches, teammates, administrators, owners and staff who’ve been a part of my career, Thank you as well!

I’d like to give a special thanks to the people of Memphis. I never played a home game for your beloved Grizzlies, but I want you to know how much I appreciate the opportunity given me by a great owner in Michael Heisley, and the support of the city. I wish the Memphis Grizzlies’ organization all of the success that the game has to offer.

And finally, to the city of Philadelphia: I have wonderful memories of my days in a Sixers’ uniform. To Philly fans, thank you. Your voice will always be music to my ears.

God Bless all of you,

ALLEN IVERSON

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