It's been a while since Allen Iverson last played in the NBA or anywhere professionally. Some may have assumed the former NBA and Georgetown star Allen Iverson had already retired. The truth is he had not, but that will reportedly change over the next few days, according to SLAM.
The No.1 overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1996 Draft, Iverson last played in the NBA during the 2009-10 season. The dynamic scorer and cultural icon played for a Turkish team in 2011.
The 11-time All-Star averaged 26.7 points, pacing the league in scoring four times, including the 2000-01 season when he was named the league's Most Valuable Player and led the 76ers to the NBA Finals. Traded to the Nuggets during the 2006-07 season, he also played for the Pistons and Grizzlies.
Though talented and blessed with a blazing first step, Iverson's toughness was his most valuable on-court attribute. Despite a mere 6-foot and 165 pounds, he attacked the lane with force even knowing much bigger men with bad intentions were waiting. His relentless style led to missing chunks of time with injuries, but when he played, he played. Iverson averaged over 40 minutes per game with regularity.
“He might be the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen,” Larry Brown, Iverson’s coach from 1997-2003 told SLAM on Wednesday. “I don’t think there’ll be another one like him."
The legendary Virginia high school basketball and football player first landed on the national scene in 1994 when Iverson and others were convicted on mob violence charges stemming from a bowling alley brawl. Virginia governor Douglas Wilder eventually granted Iverson clemency.
Later that year, the prominent recruit landed at Georgetown under coach John Thompson Jr. where he spent two seasons before turning pro. Iverson averaged 23.0 points with the Hoyas and led Georgetown to the Elite Eight in 1996.
Iverson commented on his playing future during his last public appearance in March:
“My No. 1 goal is trying to accomplish to be the best dad that I can. 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.