Iverson Announces His Retirement

1996 Top Draft Pick Allen Iverson has announced his retirement via a statement that was posted in the website of reporter Stephen A. Smith.allen-iverson-retires

The basketball player said in the statement that, “I still have tremendous love for the game, the desire to play, and a whole lot left in my tank. I feel strongly that I can still compete at the highest level.” He is stepping away from the game to spend quality time with his wife and kids.

Iverson, 34, signed a one-year contract with Memphis Grizzlies last September 10, 2009. After playing for three games with them he left the team for “personal reasons”. The team waived his contract November 16, 2009 by “mutual agreement”.

He was the 2001 NBA, 1997 Rookie of the Year, four-time NBA Scoring Champion, ten-time NBA All-Stars Player and two-time NBA All-Stars MVP. He was also a member of the US Basketball Team at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games.

He also played for Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons.