In 8 days, one of the greatest Philadelphia 76ers will hang em’ up. Before the 76ers take on the Miami Heat October 30th, Allen Iverson will officially retire. Iverson, 38, will leave the NBA after playing 16 seasons. While he has been out of league for a few years now, the retirement is not a shock to fans. Now is a great time to reflect on the amazing career AI had, and to ignore the struggles that he had to face over his lifetime.
For me, Allen Iverson is the greatest 76er to ever play the game. Growing up, Iverson was my favorite player to watch and cheer for. All I wore around the house was one of my AI jerseys. Every time he released a new shoe, I begged my mom to buy them for me. No one could match his intensity on the court, and he wanted a win more than everyone he went up against. Some called him undersized, but Allen Iverson played like he was 7 feet tall. He wasn’t afraid of anyone on the court, and was willing to take on any challenge. These traits are what made AI so lovable, and is the exact reasons as to why Wells Fargo will be filled up come next Wednesday night.
Where does Iverson rank among the greats? Just listen to the awards he racked up during his time in the NBA. Iverson was the rookie of the year, a 4 time scoring champ, won an MVP title, an 11 time all star, and a two time all star MVP winner. The list doesn’t stop there. Allen Iverson finished his career averaging 26.7 points per game which is good for 6th all time. During the playoffs, Iverson averaged 29.7 points per game, which is second to only Michael Jordan.
With all numbers aside, The Answer was hard not to fall in love with. Wether it was his cocky attitude or his swag on the court, he was guaranteed to make you love watching him play. Fans need to let go of the ignorant comments, and just remember the good of Allen Iverson. Sure, he had some off-court issues, but that doesn’t change how incredible of a player he was.
It is a sad time for Sixers fans, but it is time to let go. Allen Iverson is the last superstar we have seen, and it is finally time to look ahead to the future. Next Wednesday, Wells Fargo Center will be filled up. The stadium will be filled with die-hard AI fans who will cheer him on for one last time. It will be an emotional night for all, but it will be a great feeling to see our hero retire as a Philadelphia 76er. Although he is retiring, Allen Iverson will be a Sixer for life. So, why not come down to Wells Fargo to send AI off the right way? I know I will be there sporting my Iverson jersey screaming giving him the appreciating he truly deserves. Philadelphia salutes you, Mr. Iverson.