Allen Iverson Reportedly Eligible for 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame Class

September 12th, 2015 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »
Retired Philadelphia 76ers superstar Allen Iverson will reportedly be eligible for the Basketball Hall of Fame's 2016 class.'s Scott Howard-Cooper reported the news Saturday, indicating the 11-time NBA All-Star's 10-game stint with Turkish Basketball League squad Besiktas wouldn't count against his eligibility.

The last time Iverson suited up in the NBA was the 2009-10 season, when he returned to Philadelphia for 25 games after several years in Denver and brief stints in Detroit and Memphis. Hall of Fame candidates have to be retired for five full years before they can be enshrined.

He only officially retired in October 2013, but since Iverson has been removed from the NBA long enough, Saturday's news has him on an expedited track to Springfield, Massachusetts.

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has spoken of how he idolized Iverson before making his own mark in the Association, comparing Iverson's impact to that of Michael Jordan's.

"Pound-for-pound, probably the greatest player who ever played," said James of Iverson, per's Tom Haberstroh. "... He was one of the greatest finishers we've ever seen. You could ...

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