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Report: Allen Iverson to retire

Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:00 am
Edited on: January 12, 2011 2:55 pm
Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: According to Sportado, Iverson's injury isn't career threatening and he may not retire but instead have surgery and be out 6-8 weeks.

Not many thought it would last the two years he signed to play. Not many probably thought it would even last this long. But according to the Turkish publication Ajansspor, Allen Iverson is ready to retire.

Via HoopsWorld, the translation:
“Turkish Besiktas famous import, Allen Iverson, appears close to end his career in basketball. The former Philadelphia Sixers’ guard injured his left ankle recently and can’t stand the pain anymore. Later today, he will do a press conference to announce that he is going to have surgery in the United States and will be treated here. ‘Leaving the basketball world makes me sad but, sometimes, we have to accept things like they are. I can say goodbye to basketball,’ he revealed yesterday.”
As I've said before, I hated the fact that Iverson was even finishing up his career in Turkey, but the fact he's retiring there after an injury just makes me sad. It shouldn't have ended like this for The Answer.

Iverson appeared in 10 games for Besiktas (three coming in the Eurocup) and averaged 12.8 points and 4.2 assists in around 30 minutes per game. His team went 5-5 with him.

If this is truly the end for Iverson, it's been quite the incredible career. It started in Philadelphia and ended in Turkey, but the stuff in between was truly great. He won an MVP in 2001, took the 76ers to The Finals, fell out of love with Philly, then went to Denver and then was traded to Detroit. He stopped in Memphis for a cup of coffee before finishing his NBA career where it started, back in Philadelphia.
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Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2011 8:06 am

Report: Allen Iverson to retire

Lebron an Iverson  are the same in one respect they ae both scumbags

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2011 9:55 pm

Report: Allen Iverson to retire

How can LeBron and A.I be compared, they played similar roles as facilitators to their teams but other than that they are not comparable. LeBron is a 6'9 guy that can handle like a point guard and as far as selfish how is he selfish?! He has had an average of 6 assists or more for his whole career he isn't a point guard! That isn't his JOB!! His job was to score and keep his team in contention he did that majority of the time by himself. Why is Clevland 8-30 this year? Because they don't have LeBron. He took a PAY CUT to join the Heat as much as I don't like that fact he wants to win, he was never going to do that in Cleveland. How can a guy that took a PAY CUT to join a team be considered selfish. Sure he was a god in Cleveland, but it isn't about that. His legacy was and always will be did he win a championship, so he took his career somewhere to get one. Get off his ass. I'm not a Heat fan in the least. I don't like that they are all playing together it was more fun LeBron vs D-Wade than it is LeBron with D-Wade but Lebron did what he needed to do to get a ring by giving himself the best shot he could. How about we blame Dan Gilbert.... He gave him no help. Mo Williams ooohhhh, washed up Antwan Jamison another great pick up, almost 40 years old perfect just what LeBron needed. Get off his back and let him play ball. He is 25 and on his way to the hall of fame already. Enjoy what he has to offer because he is a once in a lifetime player. Now build a bridge and get over people. It is done now move on.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2011 8:56 pm

Report: Allen Iverson to retire

"I guess that's why their 2 losers, and can't compare to a guy like Kobe. A 5 time winner and true champion on and off the court..."
You can't be serious about Kobe.  Are you talking about the same Kobe Bryant who was accused of sexual assault with a Colorado hotel employee back in 2003?  That Kobe Bryant?  The same Kobe Bryant who paid off his accuser after she refused to testify in the criminal proceedings and close out her civil court case for an undisclosed amount of money?  Yeah, he's a true champion off the court.
(extreme sarcasm intended)

He's done some nice philanthropic things with his cash but let's not submit his name to the Pope for canonization.  He's a great ballplayer.  Leave it at that.

Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 8:39 pm

Report: Allen Iverson to retire

Iverson could come back tomorrow and get more all star votes than Nash and Heinrich combined.  Nobody in an NBA front office wants him around anymore.  Nash and Heinrich may not "keep it real", but they won't have any rings either.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2011 8:33 pm

Report: Allen Iverson to retire

Iverson "blackballed" himself with his ghetto schtick and attitude. It's OK to profile, tat yourself up from head to toe, and play the role of the inner city tough guy when you're on top of your game. The key word is role play. Iverson is no more of a tough guy than Steve Nash or Kirk Heinrich. Nobody is fearful of a guy who has the stature of a gnat. Once again, you can play that role when you're producing, but when your game goes south, so do you. Everyone that you offended and dissed during your career will be anxious for payback. And Iverson offended just about everybody with his schtick. It got old. It was played. And so is Iverson. No rings. No future TV career. Nobody wants him around anymore. Guess keeping it real comes with a price.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2011 7:03 pm

Report: Allen Iverson to retire

Note to A.I.  we all thought you retired five years ago.  It's hard to judge Iverson's career properly because he played hard and was great, but didn't seem to make others better.  His fingers are ring-free for a reason, and I don't think too many of us are very surprised by that.  He was definitely fun to watch and follow on and off the court, but he issued in some antics that have become acceptable in the NBA, I'm certain most wish would go away.  See you in the HOF A.I. but you ain't on my Mt. Rushmore of NBA greats.

Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 6:49 pm

Report: Allen Iverson to retire

Practice?  We sitting up here talking about practice?

Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 6:46 pm

Report: Allen Iverson to retire

Allen Iverson was blackballed from the NBA.  I read the commendable comments on great players like Billups and Nash, etc.  I would never take a thing away from their accomplishments.  However, players of that ilk have no chance whatsoever to lead an NBA team to a championship.  The inability to lead a team to a championship was one of the primary reasons given to exile Iverson.  Imagine the outrage and offense if Billups, Nash, Bibby, or a similar veteran were ordered to "play the appropriate role", so that future greats like Mike Conley or Jrue Holliday could develop.  If Allen Iverson were starting right now for the Miami Heat, would the team be better or worse?  After we salute Mr. Iverson as a hall of famer, maybe we should also recognize that this great, great player has absolutely nothing to apologize for.

Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2011 6:33 pm

Report: Allen Iverson to retire

hellafella: For the record, The Sixers lost the 2001 Finals in 5 games, not 7

Since: Jan 9, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 6:32 pm

Report: Allen Iverson to retire

lebron is worse than iverson when it comes to ball hoggin and iverson gave his all every time on the court and thats why he is beat up. i cant wait for the glory hound and egomaniac james to fail in the playoffs which will an remember this post and put it on your favorites list so i can say i told you so and as far as kobe goes well cant argue with you at all on that one......

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