The day before thanksgiving Allen Iverson announced that he would be retiring from the NBA after 13 incredible years that included Rookie of the Year, 10x All Star selection, 4x-scoring champion, and also League MVP in 2001. Not many people believed him even Iverson did not seem convinced that he was retiring by making statements like ” I still have a lot left in the tank “, and ” I feel I could still compete at the highest level”. Those are not statements that someone would make if they were really going to walk away from the sport that made them a star.
Most people would’ve guest that if Iverson did return he probably would be heading to a team like the New Jersey Nets who still have not won a game this season and could use someone like Iverson to help them score some much needed points. As the weekend passed after his retirement speech many people were left wondering if he really meant what he said, then up pops the Philadelphia 76ers looking to bring Iverson back to the team that drafted him out of Georgetown University.
When Iverson left Philly it was on a bad term, he wanted to win a championship and the team were looking to rebuild at the time. Finally after ten seasons both parties decided to go separate ways and Iverson was traded to the Denver Nuggets. After a season and a half playing along side Carmelo Anthony and becoming the top two duo in the league Iverson was traded to the Detroit Pistons for guard Chauncey Billups, forward Antonio McDyess and center Cheikh Samb, but quickly Iverson and Pistons head coach Michael Curry did not see eye to eye and Iverson was released at the end of the season.
During the off season it seemed like Iverson would be retiring with not to many teams showing any interest in him because of his unwillingness to come of the bench. Finally the Memphis Grizzlies made an offer which he accepted but the union only lasted 12 games, as Iverson increasingly grew angry at the fact of being a back up to Mike Conley Jr who in reality should not be a starter on any team in the NBA. Once again Iverson wore out his welcome and was released from his contract and announced his retirement.
When the news broke that Iverson and Philly executives including Iverson’s friend and former teammate Aaron Mckie who is now an assistant coach for the 76ers meet in Dallas to begin speaking about the possibilities of him returning to the city that made him a household name, everyone felt this would probably be Iverson best option. Even though he left on a bad note the first time, every time he returned he walked in to a standing ovation. Philly fans will always be thankful for the good years Iverson gave them early on in his career. Since his departure the 76ers have been a below average team and even ticket sales have plummeted into the ground. No one seems to care about them anymore in the city of ” Brotherly Love” which is also the home of the high flying Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Philadelphia Flyers.
If the 76’ers do in fact bring Iverson back to help fill the void of Lou Williams who is out for eight weeks with a broken jaw it is likely that fans will also return to the arena. Not only can Iverson help the team win games but also put interest back in a team that is now the Joke of all the Philly franchises. For Iverson it’s a chance to prove to the world that he still has it, and what better way to do it then on the team that selected you first overall in the 1996 draft ahead of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Ray Allen.