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Rumors are circulating that 76ers controversial legend Allen Iverson is officially retiring from the NBA. A formal announcement may be scheduled for Oct. 30, the official start of the NBA’s regular season, when the 76ers open at home against Miami.
The 38-year-old former point guard, nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, would end one of the greatest careers in the league history.
Iverson entered the NBA as the first overall pick of the 1996 Draft.
Only 5-foot-10, and 170 pounds, the 11-time All-Star point guard always played with a 200 pound heart, repeatedly driving into the paint and challenging anyone who got in his way.
His ball-handling and amazing speed made it impossible for any one player to guard him.
In 14 NBA seasons, Iverson scored 24,368 points, averaged 26.7 points a game and his point total is listed 24th on the all-time scoring list.
Iverson also led the 76ers to the 2001 Finals, and earned the coveted title of MVP that same year.
However, personal troubles, constant media scrutiny and a love-hate relationship with then-coach Larry Brown took its toll. .
Iverson had several trades to the Denver Nuggets (2006–2008), and Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies (2008–2009)
On December 7, 2009, Iverson made his return to Philadelphia, to a sold-out crowd, receiving an overwhelming standing ovation.
However he left the 76ers on February 22, 2010, needing to attend to his 4-year-old daughter’s health needs.
Over the past several years, Iverson has toyed playing for teams in Turkey and China, still attempting a NBA comeback.
It is not confirmed, but the 76ers organization may be discussing a post-playing position for Iverson, but if any of his drive, will and passion can be passed onto current 76ers, they would be lucky.
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