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How Will You Remember Allen Iverson Now That He’s Retiring From The NBA?

Submitted by on August 22, 2013 – 10:37 am3 Comments

Allen Iverson‘s NBA career is officially over. Shocked? Well, don’t be. The truth is that, for all intents and purposes, Iverson has already been retired for the last three years. He hasn’t played in the NBA since 2010. And even though he has played overseas since playing in the NBA (be played in Turkey in 2011), he really hasn’t been the same AI out on the basketball court in at least five years. Father Time caught up to Iverson quite some time ago and slowed him down dramatically. So the fact that he is retiring right now is really just a formality. It proves that Iverson finally realizes what we have all known for a few years now—that he’s no longer capable of being an effective NBA player.

That’s not really a knock against Iverson, though. Every NBA player loses the fight against Father Time eventually. From Larry Bird to Michael Jordan, there have been more than a few NBA players over the years who have tried to squeeze every last bit out of their bodies in order to remain in the NBA. But at some point, you just can’t do it anymore. And that’s where Iverson is at in his career.

That being said, we will never forget all of the great things that Iverson did during his NBA career. Even though many people will remember him more for his problems off the court, we’ll never forget AI crossing MJ over, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to the 2001 NBA Finals, or playing his heart out each and every time he took the court. Iverson was a special player, and he should be remembered for it. Regardless of whatever issues he faced, is facing, or will face off the court, we will choose to remember Iverson for how he helped the NBA grow and evolve after all of the MJ years. The NBA could have fallen flat on its face during that time. But Iverson gave us all a reason to tune into games.

During a conversation with SLAM yesterday, Iverson’s former Sixers coach Larry Brown paid AI the ultimate compliment. “He might be the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I don’t think there’ll be another one like him.”

And he’s right. There will never be another Allen Iverson.

What will you remember most about AI?

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  • Joe Albertson says:

    How to remember Iverson? Let’s look back on the “man” and how he got to where he is today:

    1. Being left with the kids. Mom comes to pick the kids up at 10 PM and Allan is nowhere to be seen. Kids scrounging whatever food they can, still have swimsuits on from swimming 5 hours before. Way to go, “dad”.
    2. Naming your son Deuce. I swear I’m not trying to make fun of a kid here, but you need to look out for you kid. Naming him after a common slang term for defecation isn’t looking out for your kid.
    3. Showing up to a divorce arbitration meeting reeking of alcohol.
    4. Showing up to a parental fitness evaluation reeking of alcohol.
    5. Wife getting full custody of kids. Judge writes in his court opinion that he’s a “hinderance” to his kids’ development. It is strongly suspected that #3 and #4 above figure heavily in that decision.

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