Allen Iverson calls it a career

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanks for the memories!

Iverson's calling it a career -
Report: Iverson set to retire - AP

The greatest show in Philadelphia in my lifetime officially called it quits on Wednesday. Allen Iverson, "The Answer", reportedly announced his retirement form the game of basketball.

I am not ready to say he is officially done as I would think that there is a decent possibility that a few teams will inquire about him before the season is over. However, it speaks volumes when not even the New York Knicks show an interest in you.

But I am not here to rip on the most exciting Philadelphia athlete I have ever watched. you know I am a huge fan of Donovan McNabb, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and DeSean Jackson, but none of them can come close to the buzz that I got when watching Iverson play.

Say what you will about his defense and his philosophy on practicing, but nobody can deny that he gave his all when he stepped on the basketball court. I will always remember his performance in the 2001 NBA playoffs. Iverson took the team on his back and carried them to the NBA Finals where the little engine that could just could not power his team past one of the best NBA dynasties in recent memory.

Iverson ends his career having averaged 27.0 points per game(tied for fifth all time), 24,020 points (17th all time), and 1,965 steals (12th all time). Is he a Hall of Famer? Probably. But one thing is for sure. The number three will be raised to the rafters in the Wachovia Center some day.

Eric Lindross may have been the man who built the Wachovia Center, but Iverson gave it electricity.

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