Iverson on retirement: ‘I don’t regret anything’
by Jason Wolf, USA TODAY Sports
PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson always thought this would be a tragic day.
Instead, he said, he is happy and at peace.
“The Answer” formally announced his retirement from the NBA on Wednesday during an occasionally emotional hour-long news conference on the Wells Fargo Center court, hours before the Philadelphia 76ers played their season opener against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Iverson last appeared in an NBA game on Feb. 20, 2010.
“My mom always told me that I could be anything I wanted to be,” Iverson said. “And I truly, actually believed it. And I fought. I went through a whole lot trying to get to this point right here.”
Iverson, 38, earned 11 consecutive All-Star selections and the 2001 NBA MVP award during his 14-year NBA career, which peaked when he led Philadelphia to the 2001 NBA Finals, where it lost in five games to the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a seven-time All-NBA selection, a four-time NBA scoring champion, a three-time steals leader, a two-time All-Star Game MVP and the 1997 Rookie of the Year. He is also notorious for his fiery demeanor and various off-the court troubles, including with his family, his finances and a famed rant questioning the importance of practice.
“I don’t regret anything,” Iverson said. “If I could take back all the mistakes that I made throughout my career, I would have had a perfect career. I would have missed no shots. I would have made no turnovers. I would have went right instead of going left when I was supposed to, every game. I would have got on (I-76) at 4 o’clock instead of getting on 76 at 5. I can’t take it back. I can’t take anything back. So I don’t regret it.
“It was a blessing for (God) to even get me here, get me to this point so I can retire,” he said. “It was a blessing just to play one NBA basketball game. … But I’ve won scoring titles, MVPs, I’ve done a lot in this league. Being 160 pounds soaking wet, coming from Newport News, Va. I mean, what more can … [For more on Allen Iverson on retirement: 'I don't regret anything', click here.]