Allen Iverson to announce retirement, report says

August 21, 2013

Allen Iverson was honored at a 76ers game in March. (H. Rumph Jr. / AP)

Allen Iverson has not been welcomed by an NBA team since the 2009-10 season and now reportedly is set to announce his retirement from the game.

Iverson, who last played in the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers, will make his retirement official in the next few days, according to SLAM.

“He loves his fans more than anyone,” an unnamed source told SLAM. “He loves how they ask for his return constantly, on the streets and on the Internet. But now that they know it’s not happening, he can just focus on his future endeavors.”

Iverson, the No. 1 draft pick out of Georgetown in 1996, was an 11-time all-star and averaged 26.7 points over 13 years in the NBA. He helped lead the Sixers to the NBA Finals in 2001. He hasn’t played since 2011, when he appeared in a game for Turkish basketball team Besiktas. Now, at 38, basketball has been over for some time, as the Post’s Kent Babb wrote in the spring, and life without it has had its ups and downs, including an allegation by his ex-wife that he’d abducted their children.

“My No. 1 goal is trying to accomplish to be the best dad that I can,” he told a crowd at a Sixers game in March. “And if basketball is in my near future, then God will make that happen. But if not, I had a great ride and I’ve done a lot of special things that a lot of guys have not been able to accomplish and people thought I couldn’t accomplish.”

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