Allen Iverson Retires from NBA: Reflections on a Misunderstood Career

November 25th, 2009 by Vikram Dimba Leave a reply »
Stephen A. Smith of ESPN is reporting that Allen Iverson has officially retired from the NBA.

His last game in the NBA was against the Los Angeles Lakers, and Iverson scored eight points on two for five shooting in just 21 minutes of play. This was a game in which Kobe Bryant ironically surpassed Iverson on the all-time scoring list.

It's easy to point out the flaws in Iverson's game. He's a ball dominant, low efficient guard with no natural position. He should be a shooting guard by the nature of his game, but his diminutive figure makes him poor defensively and a liability on that end of the floor.

The way Iverson handled the Memphis situation was wrong, and it's likely true that Iverson may be the hardest player in NBA history around whom to build a team, as teams should be filled with defensive players and shooters who are capable of playing off of the ball.

But overall, this is a sad day for the NBA. We as fans have lost one of the generation's most influential athletes. For all that's wrong in his game, it's indisputable that Iverson is also one of the most accomplished players ever to have stepped onto an NBA court.

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