Iverson’s retirement should be celebrated
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
Before the Philadelphia 76ers’ Wednesday season opener, Allen Iverson will hold a press conference to formally announce his retirement from professional basketball. The timing of the announcement is strange to say the least, considering that Iverson hasn’t played in the NBA since 2010 and hasn’t played competitive basketball anywhere since a short-lived stint in Turkey in 2010-11. He may be formally calling it quits now, but his career has been over for almost three years.
It’s unfortunate that the way his career ended has obscured his importance to the game over the last two decades, but tonight’s announcement is a chance for the league to do right by him.
To call Iverson polarizing is putting it mildly. He was boundlessly talented and endlessly exciting to watch, but his flashy style and demeanor, both on and off the court, offended purists. He was just as notorious for his infamous “Talkin’ about practice?!?!?!?!?!?!” rant as he was for stuff like this: