Allen Iverson, one of the greatest players of all time, is set to announce his retirement from professional Basketball.
He hasn’t played in the NBA since 2010.
Iverson’s career should absolutely end with a Hall of Fame induction, as the 11-time All-Star finished with career averages of 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 2.2 steals. Iverson played in 71 career postseason games, appeared in the NBA Finals once, and won MVP in 2001.
Standing just six feet tall, Iverson was known for his incredible passion and competitive spirit, always driving hard at the rim and absorbing contact from bigger players. He rarely missed games because of injury, often playing through a number of nagging health issues.
Iverson also will forever be remembered for the style he played with. Flashing one of the great crossovers in NBA history, Iverson handled the ball with a certain flair and was an underrated passer.
Selected No. 1 overall by the 76ers in 1996 out of Georgetown, Iverson also played for the Nuggets, Grizzlies and Pistons during his 13-year career.
Along with his incredibly passionate play on the court, Iverson will also be remembered for how he changed basketball off the court. Iverson, with his Slam basketball covers, cornrows, tattoos, and casual style changed the image of the NBA, which often put him at odds with NBA commissioner, David Stern and the sportwriters who covered him. It was Iverson’s casual dress, for instance, that inspired the implementation of the NBA dress code, which is the reason why Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, and others are known as much for their fashion as they are for their athleticism.
Iverson was also the subject of the ESPN documentary, No Crossover, which explored the trial and conviction of Iverson after a brawl in a bowling alley. The case had an incredible impact on Iverson’s hometown, Hampton, Virginia.
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