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horse900703
11-25-2009, 05:18 PM
By: yahoo
Without a clear-cut suitor emerging to sign him, All-Star guard Allen Iverson(notes) is set to retire, his personal manager said Wednesday afternoon.

Iverson, who has played 14 seasons in the NBA, thought he was close to signing with the New York Knicks last week only to be told team officials had a change of heart.

“Wonderful career. Right thing to do for his family,” said Gary Moore, Iverson’s manager. “It’s no secret that Allen has been unfairly treated through all this. The fact is his family needs him more.”

Moore said Iverson plans to formally announce his retirement soon. The question: Will he stay retired?

League sources insist Iverson, at least for now, will still listen if a team is interested in signing him.

Iverson signed a one-year, $3 million contract to play for the Memphis Grizzlies this season, but played just three games and complained about his role off the bench. The Grizzlies granted him a leave of absence to attend to some personal matters, but two sides eventually reached agreement to part ways and Iverson was waived.

Moore said Iverson is proceeding as if he won’t play again. Iverson had his greatest success in Philadelphia, where he took the Sixers to the NBA Finals in 2001 and was named MVP.

“The years in Philly were unforgettable,” Moore said. “He will never forget the crowd. …He’ll retire always being known as a Sixer.”


http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Ai8BPqGurNMyr.0EfZC8dY45nYcB?slug=mc-iversonretire112509&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Underdog
11-25-2009, 05:25 PM
http://i.zdnet.com/blogs/nelson-muntz.gif

dude1394
11-25-2009, 05:25 PM
Iverson signed a one-year, $3 million contract to play for the Memphis Grizzlies this season, but played just three games and complained about his role off the bench. The Grizzlies granted him a leave of absence to attend to some personal matters, but two sides eventually reached agreement to part ways and Iverson was waived.

Hmmm...sounds like Nellie.

tcat075
11-25-2009, 05:34 PM
and we care why?

sefant77
11-25-2009, 05:45 PM
Good read by Dwyer

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Allen-Iverson-retires;_ylt=AkaEs6mCjWdrt3j2MXjpjMa8vLYF?urn=nba, 204978

Windmill360
11-25-2009, 05:49 PM
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o290/Windmill360/th_35ku9eg.gif

Dirkadirkastan
11-25-2009, 06:36 PM
Overrated dumbass finally retires for the first time. Yippee.

spreedom
11-25-2009, 07:54 PM
Everything that (fortunately) WAS wrong with the game. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Murphy3
11-25-2009, 11:41 PM
I'm proud that no one at D-Mavs.com likes AIverson.

fluid.forty.one
11-26-2009, 12:00 AM
good riddance

dirno2000
11-26-2009, 02:07 PM
Hmmm...sounds like Nellie.

According to Stein Iverson agreed to be bought out for only $470K. That doesn't sound like Nellie at all.

chumdawg
11-26-2009, 02:24 PM
According to Stein Iverson agreed to be bought out for only $470K. That doesn't sound like Nellie at all.True. Nellie spends way more than that just in lawyer's fees.

TripleDipping
11-30-2009, 11:18 AM
If AI really retires, then he can join the "Latrell Spreewell club of Dumb Mofos".

sefant77
11-30-2009, 11:46 AM
Sixers could bring him back, they are playing Willie Green.

Thespiralgoeson
11-30-2009, 01:12 PM
The hate for A.I. is pretty ridiculous I think. Until very recently he was a truly phenomenal player. I'm sad to see his career end this way.

jthig32
11-30-2009, 01:38 PM
But he's the reason that it's ending this way. So I don't find it sad, I find it a statement about his career as a whole. Selfish until the end.

Five-ofan
11-30-2009, 05:20 PM
The hate for A.I. is pretty ridiculous I think. Until very recently he was a truly phenomenal player. I'm sad to see his career end this way.

Ive never thought iversons game was that greatand I think you are overrating him as a player. However I have always found him to be extremely interesting both as a player and as a person and I actually like him quite a bit. Hes one of the toughest players ive ever seen. He takes a pounding and keeps on coming at roughly 6 ft 160. Hes taken care of a ton of people in his personal life with his success. I think hes been as true to himself as just about any athlete in recent memory. The issue i have is that i fundamentally disagree with the way he plays basketball. He wastes a ton of possessions and for a guy whos value is primarily generated through offense, thats not something you can get away with. I hate to see it end this way for him but as jthig said, its his own fault.

Murphy3
11-30-2009, 10:39 PM
It's not always a good thing to be true to yourself... I guess he was just keeping it real. Hey, if he's a selfish idiot off the court, I suppose it's fine to be yourself and be a selfish idiot on the court. Personally, I never remotely cared for the guy. The NBA is a better place without him on the court.

chumdawg
11-30-2009, 10:56 PM
It's not always a good thing to be true to yourself... I guess he was just keeping it real. Hey, if he's a selfish idiot off the court, I suppose it's fine to be yourself and be a selfish idiot on the court. Personally, I never remotely cared for the guy. The NBA is a better place without him on the court.My guess is that he's doing just fine for himself, regardless how well the NBA is doing or not doing.

If it's a business, it's a business for everybody.

Windmill360
11-30-2009, 10:58 PM
hope he joins the sixers.. i could use him on my fantasy team..

sefant77
11-30-2009, 10:58 PM
The hate for A.I. is pretty ridiculous I think. Until very recently he was a truly phenomenal player. I'm sad to see his career end this way.

He was an outstanding player.

But he self killed his greatness with his incredible braindead scoring...

Scoring titles with 40% and below, who need that? Another thing was his absolutly inability to adjust. Specially at the end of his career...

Thespiralgoeson
11-30-2009, 11:43 PM
I've lost a lot of respect for this board recently.

Dirkadirkastan
12-01-2009, 01:40 AM
I've never respected selfish drama queens.

Murphy3
12-01-2009, 06:51 AM
I've lost a lot of respect for this board recently.

Why? because AI is a selfish douche that always put himself before the team? I don't think anyone would argue that he wasn't a very, very good player.. But, he also represents so much of what is wrong with the game at the NBA level.

dirt_dobber
12-01-2009, 09:57 AM
Why? because AI is a selfish douche that always put himself before the team? I don't think anyone would argue that he wasn't a very, very good player.. But, he also represents so much of what is wrong with the game at the NBA level.

perfectly said.

Dirk represents all that a player should be at the NBA level !!!!!!
team first - unselfish - a true captain

badfish22
12-01-2009, 03:08 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-76ers-iverson&prov=ap&type=lgns

Hes going to Philly

fluid.forty.one
12-01-2009, 06:00 PM
“The years in Philly were unforgettable,” Moore said. “He will never forget the crowd. …He’ll retire always being known as a Sixer.”


ha, yes he will.

DubOverdose
12-02-2009, 05:13 PM
Since he's back with Philly, we can't forget this gem!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exOxUAntx8I

Windmill360
12-03-2009, 08:31 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/f0/fullj.609af1100fdd5b23c6d661ff00ef5725/609af1100fdd5b23c6d661ff00ef5725-getty-90198021jg004_iverson_pc.jpg

please give me 20/5 a game

LSMF
12-03-2009, 10:12 PM
Man, it was kinda tough seeing A.I cry, I mean he's made some mistakes but generally he's a good guy. He needs to try his best to score but at the same time still keep the team involved, that should be his goal. I wish him nothing but luck in his home return.

Dirkadirkastan
12-03-2009, 10:57 PM
He's not "generally a good guy". He's a selfish douchebag that doesn't give two sh!ts about teammates, defense, winning, etc. He wants to start and dominate the ball.

He manifests everything wrong with the game.

dirno2000
12-04-2009, 12:41 AM
He's not "generally a good guy". He's a selfish douchebag that doesn't give two sh!ts about teammates, defense, winning, etc. He wants to start and dominate the ball.

He manifests everything wrong with the game.

He plays as hard as anyone in the league on a night in night out basis. That alone should exempt him from the "everything that's wrong with the game" tag. He's tough, if he can walk he usually playes and for a guy that doesn't care about winning he's done quite a bit of it in his career.

Obviously he hasn't aged gracefully but a lot of the criticism is going overboard.

FINtastic
12-05-2009, 12:42 AM
He plays as hard as anyone in the league on a night in night out basis. That alone should exempt him from the "everything that's wrong with the game" tag. He's tough, if he can walk he usually playes and for a guy that doesn't care about winning he's done quite a bit of it in his career.

Obviously he hasn't aged gracefully but a lot of the criticism is going overboard.

I think the problem is that Iverson could have been one of the best players to ever play the game if he had just figured out what it took to play team ball. And even though there have been some talented knuckleheads that had this problem earlier in their career, most figured it out some point. The frustrating thing is that Iverson just never has. Even worse, he's got a bit of a persecution complex about it.

The thing that makes it most tragic of all is just as you mentioned, the guy tried hard every time he was on the court. He seemed to say the right things off the court as he matured. But for some reason he never matured on the court.

Tokey41
12-08-2009, 01:58 PM
One of the worst attitudes I have ever seen from a professional athlete in all realms of sports. Although it still irks me, I have accepted that attitude from stars, not former stars. I think the worst part is he isn't even concerned about getting a ring, he just wants to start. I figured perhaps a trade to a contender might change that, but it's looking less and less probable.

Dirkadirkastan
12-08-2009, 02:35 PM
I'm not buying into this "he tries hard" crap. He has a horrible work ethic. Compare his opinion of practice to that of Dirk Nowitzki.

rabbitproof
12-08-2009, 04:25 PM
A more popular, more malcontent version of JJB?

AO41
12-08-2009, 06:51 PM
wow...man theres some AI haters on here


The man is a player...I wish him luck and cant wait to see a 76ers game on tv