Iverson retiring ?
No doubt that Allen Iverson is a special character in NBA. He was always been loved and hated by the fans. But, as most of the stars we tend to remember his good moments.
After the great times in Philly, Iverson went to Denver and won 50 games averaged 26.4 ppg, 7.1 apg on 46 percent shooting, and people still said he needed to score less. Despite being one of the best players in the league, the Denver Nuggets shipped him away and Chauncey Billups helped them get three more wins in an easier Western Conference, which lead to higher seeding.
Iverson went to Detroit and sacrificed by taking 14 shots per game, rarely touching the ball, playing 27 minutes a game and then being called washed-up. The Pistons lied to him and put him on the bench. Then they sent him home and he was being blacklisted.
Allen went to Memphis thinking he could prove people wrong and get signed by a contender next year. But he did not know that even the Grizzlies, the only team that believed in him, were also against him and thought it was okay to bring Iverson off the bench.
One game, he played 27 minutes for the Grizzlies, scored 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting and had seven assists. He did more than OJ Mayo and Michael Conley in fewer minutes. But he still remained on the bench. Iverson appeared in three games since returning from a hamstring injury and played off the bench each time.
Iverson left the team Saturday after receiving permission from Griz owner Michael Heisley to deal with a personal matter. The stress associated with a family issue plus Iverson’s frustration over playing a reserve role might spell the end of his 14-year NBA career, according to the source.
Heisley said he’s not been given any indication that Iverson might be leaning towards retirement, and still is holding out hope that the 10-time All-Star will return to Memphis. Hard to believe he is saying the truth …
A source close to Iverson confirmed the 34-year-old is indeed attending to a personal issue, and his discomfort with the Grizzlies also factored into the abrupt separation. Also, other sources are saying that he might be sick, having a serious affection.
As fans, we can only hope to see Iverson back in NBA and not a retired Iverson. As fans, we need the Answer.