On Nov. 26, Allen Iverson announced his retirement with a cold statement posted on the website of Stephen A. Smith, columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. A few days later, Iverson signed with the Philadelphia 76ers for one year and this was how Iverson returned to the team that saw him become a Basketball superstar. Continue reading to know more of Allen plus photos and video below.
Allen Iverson Ezail was born June 7, 1975 in Hampton, Virginia, He was drafted in the first position in the NBA Draft in 1996 by the Philadelphia 76ers, the team with whom he played until 2006, when he was traded to the Denver Nuggets. In his time at the 76ers, Iverson won the Most Valuable Player and All-Star Game in 2001, also leading his team to the NBA Finals where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. In his first season in the league he won the Rookie of the Year and joined the NBA All-Rookie of the season. The field goal percentage over his career is the fourth best in NBA history (27.1 points per game), a record only beaten by Michael Jordan, Lebron James ans Wilt Chamberlain.
Because his family situation got worse, Iverson had to make the leap to the NBA before graduation. Iverson was drafted in the first position in the NBA Draft 1996 by the Sixers. He soon became one of the best point guards in the league, winning the rookie award in November and April, and subsequently the Rookie of the Year and All-Star Game in 2000 was the first of Iverson’s career, finishing the game with 26 points and 9 assists as a starter on the team. In his second straight All-Star Game, Iverson led the comeback from east to west along with Stephon Marbury, winning the match and was named MVP of the game for the first time. At the end of the regular season, he was awarded the Most Valuable Player. During the 2006-07 season, Iverson requested the transfer and eleven days later he was sent along with Ivan McFarlin to the Denver Nuggets for Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two first-round pick in 2007.
Allen signed with the Denver Nuggets at the end of 2006, the team was joined by the top two scorers in the league, since by the time remained as Carmelo Anthony and Iverson as the second leader. That season with the Nuggets he played in 50 games, 49 of them starts, contributing 24.8 points and 7.2 assists. On 3 November 2008 he was traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb, but an injury caused him to miss most of the season and then returned but on the bench. On April 3, the president of the Pistons, Joe Dumars, announced that Allen Iverson would be low for the remainder of the season and the final stage. The reasons for this decision were exclusively medical, as Iverson was not fully recovered from his back injury and therefore could not play at the level that the team and he demanded.
On 10 September 2009, he announced his signing for a season by the Memphis Grizzlies. But his stay in the Grizzlies is complicated in part by an injury that prevented him to play the preseason and early regular season games, as well as his distaste for start games on the bench. Iverson left the team on 7 November for "personal reasons", and 9 days later, the franchise announced that his contract was terminated by "mutual agreement". Finally, Iverson played three games with the Grizzlies official.
After becoming a free agent, the New York Knicks initially showed interest in the player, but team president Donnie Walsh announced that he would not take place a bid for him. But two weeks after the announcement of his retirement as a basketball player, Iverson returns to the Philadelphia 76ers, he made his debut on December 7 against Denver Nuggets.
What prodigal son was Allen Iverson’s return to Philadelphia after three seasons, the player wore the uniform that felt like his own skin again.
"I would have liked to get the win, but the welcome they have given me and the way the fans have treated me, is something I never forget"
The addition of Allen Iverson, did not make the team dynamics change, Philadelphia has lost 10 straight games, the second team in the Eastern Conference’s worst record, just beating New Jersey Nets.
During the game, Allen Iverson played for 37 minutes, enough for his present physical condition, getting 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Take a look at some Photos of Allen plus a cool Video below.
Allen Iverson back with the Sixers Video
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