Philly Fans Shouldn’t Want Allen Iverson to Flame Out

November 20th, 2009 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
Behind Boston and Los Angeles, the Philadelphia 76ers have featured some of the finest stars in NBA history.

Yet some NBA fans appear to be rejoicing as one of Philly's finest, Allen Iverson, stands on the precipice of being forced to retire unwillingly.

And if you're true to Philly, or to the game of basketball, that rejoicing must come to an end.  Soon. 

From the unprecedented Wilt Chamberlain and his 100-point game in the '60s to Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Moses Malone in the early '80s...

from Darryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins and his daily new dunk names to Charles Barkley, one of the greatest rebounders in NBA history...

the Sixers have welcomed some of the wildest, most unique, captivating players in NBA history, and they've managed to capture the imagination and the hearts of Philadelphians for decades.

But when the Sixers traded Barkley on June 17, 1992, to the Phoenix Suns for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry, and Andrew Lang (and if you're asking yourself, "Who?"...well, rightfully so), Sixers fans saw the writing on the wall. 

After having just missed the playoffs in the 1991-92 season, for onl ...

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