Allen Iverson Officially Announces Retirement


Nope, he wasn't talking about practice. Allen Iverson formally announced his retirement from basketball today in Philadelphia, stating that he had lost the desire to play. The 38-year-old had not played in the NBA game since Feb. 20, 2010, during a brief second stint with the Sixers. Of course it was Philadelphia where the undersized guard first made a name for himself, beginning with the 1996 draft when he was taken by the 76ers with the no. 1 pick. His subsequent 14-year career would be riddled with highlights, including the infamous crossover against Michael Jordan in '97, as well as the jumper over the Lakers' Tyronn Lue in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals. In addition to taking his Sixers to the finals, Iverson won four scoring titles and was a perennial All-Star. The only thing missing from his stat sheet -- that elusive championship ring. In his farewell address, AI asserted "I'm going to always be a Sixer 'til I die." Iverson's No. 3 will be retired in Philadelphia on March 1st. Check out ESPN's coverage of Iverson's announcement in the following video.