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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Allen Iverson To Announce Retirement
You just had to know once Allen Iverson took that deal to play overseas the end was near... Per this translated report from Hoops World, "The Answer" is set to announce his retirement from basketball after recently injuring his ankle while playing in Turkey:
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.
This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. I'm more surprised that he lasted this long overseas. I wills ay that isn't the way I imagined seeing a true NBA icon go out. AI was a bridge to the hip-hop culture that swept through the League in the late 90's and 2000's. Iverson came into the NBA out of Georgetown and brought that killer crossover with him while making tattoos and cornrows trendy.
Iverson, an 11-time all star, leaves the game with career averages of 26.7 ppg, 6.2 apg, 3.7 rpg and 2.2 steals. He won the NBA MVP award in 2001 and lead the NBA in scoring 4x. Iverson ranks 22nd in total points scored and is arguably the best 6'0 scorer in NBA history.
Ironic that his career ends after an ankle injury as he was known for breaking them with that crossover.