Allen Iverson has officially announced his retirement from basketball after years away from the game. Iverson, a former number one pick sat at a podium in the Philadelphia 76ers facility in front of former coaches, friends, family and spoke about why he decided to retire.
Iverson said, “I was kind of mentality tired of it and the passion to play wasn’t there. The passion that I had for the sport is there. That will always be there.”
Iverson played with passion in the height of his career for 16 NBA seasons. He was an 11-time All Star, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. He was one of the few players in the NBA history to stand at 6-foot tall and led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals in the 2000-01 season.
Iverson said, “basketball has been great to me. It allowed me to take care of my family for the rest of their lives. It made me a household name.”
Eventually, he will be named as a Hall of Famer. Iverson scored 24,368 points and recorded 5,624 assists in his career. He doesn’t seem to be worried about making the Hall of Fame. Iverson said, “all I care about is what the guys that played think.”
After his playing days ended, rumors circulated through the media about Iverson’s personal life. Iverson was asked about it on Wednesday and confirmed he hears the rumors as well.
Iverson said, “I would be lying to you if I said some of the things I hear didn’t bother me.” He doesn’t plan to spend very much time around basketball since he’s retiring.
Iverson said, “I don’t want basketball to be the rest of my life. It’s a different time in my life.”