Wednesday before the season opener, Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson made his NBA retirement official. The Sixers held a press conference for Iverson to make his announcement:
Iverson was one of the true bridges between the 90’s era of basketball and the 00’s, setting trends with his freestyle of play, his cornrows and unique form or self expression off the court. Iverson’s relentless style of attacking at the offensive end of the court led him to four NBA scoring titles and one of the highest point per game averages ever at 26.7. AI also won the 2000-2001 MVP while leading the Sixers to the NBA Finals. Even LeBron James calls Iverson one of his all-time favorite players and pound-for-pound the best player ever.
For his career, Iverson ranks 24th all-time in points scored with 24,368, 13 in steals (1,983) and was an 11-time all-star in 14 seasons with the Sixers, Nuggets, Pistons and Grizzlies. The Sixers drafted Iverson first overall out of Georgetown in 1996. Whether you were a fan of Iverson’s game or not, one thing that is universal is that there will never be another like him.
Here is a highlight video of some of the best play’s of Iverson’s career:
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