Philadelphia 76ers considering position for Allen Iverson


allen-iversonAllen Iverson is set to make an official retirement announcement on October 30 in front of the adoring crowd in Philadelphia, NBA.com reported.

Sources say that the official announcement is scheduled for Oct. 30, the day after the NBA’s regular season begins, when the 76ers play their home opener against Miami.

In addition, sources indicate that the organization may be discussing some kind of post-playing position for Iverson. Though he wouldn’t be expected to have input with the current coaching staff, Iverson could travel with the team on occasional road trips.

If Iverson is indeed through playing — he had brief dalliances with teams in Turkey and China the last couple of years while trying to get back into the NBA — it will end one of the greatest careers in league history, one in which Iverson’s image and lifestyle made as many headlines as his on-court play.

Iverson, spent 14 seasons in the NBA, and was a winner of both the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors. He is an 11-time all-star, and 4-time scoring champion.

Iverson took his team all the way to the NBA Finals in 2001 but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. Despite never winning a championship, Iverson was rated the fifth greatest NBA shooting guard of all time by ESPN in 2008.

Iverson played in 914 NBA games (901 started), and holds career average of 26.7 points per game, and 6.2 assists per game, with 41.1 minutes per game.

Four times in his career he averaged more than 30 points per game in a regular season – all with Philadelphia 76ers.

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