May 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia 76ers former guard Allen Iverson before the start of game six against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Allen Iverson set to retire from the NBA

The day has finally come and it is sad to announce that Allen Iverson is officially going to retire from the NBA, a source close to him told SLAM Magazine today.

The last time we heard from Iverson was back on March 30th at a Sixers game where he was being recognized. You could tell that Iverson’s life was taken a toll on him. Then the last time before that was on twitter back on January 29th and here is what he said:

So right there it seems like Allen Iverson wasn’t even in the right mindset or mind frame to make a return. I mean making a return to the NBA through the D-League would have worked and probably would have happened. The last game he played in was in Turkey which was in 2011 and that was a failure. He could never recapture his success that he had in his early years of his career.

But throughout the downfalls of his career and life, Iverson will always be known as one of the best little men to play in the NBA. We all remember his crossover that he put on Michael Jordan, his famous step over Tyronn Lue in Game one of the 2001 NBA Finals, or his famous practice speech. Allen Iverson has given us great memories on the court but will he be a hall of famer that is a wait and see. But what I can say is; hopefully can get his life together off the court because that is where we truly saw the downfall of Iverson.

As his former head coach Larry Brown said, “He deserves better. I wish he could’ve went out on his own terms, at his own time.

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