My Farewell To The Great Allen Iverson

Dedrick HendrixCorrespondent INovember 12, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Allen Iverson #3 of the Memphis Grizzlies staands on the court in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on November 6, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 114-98.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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In my book there is no question he should go down as one of the top 50 greatest players of all time. Although he only had one MVP Award, he will probably go down on the list of great players who never won a championship. Through the various amount of teams he played for throughout his career such as: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and finally the Memphis Grizzlies. We never got to really see much out of him in Memphis, but He played tremendously well on all of the other teams.

His really short lasting career in Memphis has lots of controversy behind it. I don't want to jump to conclusions, but the timing of Iverson's departure is suspect. No more than 24 hours after voicing displeasure and concerns of disconnect with coach Lionel Hollins, Iverson requested to leave the team. The Grizzlies have done a horrible job of managing Iverson's role with the team, and it's sad that the soap opera appears to playing itself out so methodically tragic. There was no timetable given for Iverson's return. Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley said he had heard nothing to corroborate this rumor, but it would not be a complete shocker to see Iverson, who still has some stuff left in the tank, hang it up. The Grizzles would have to address their guard depth should he decide to not step foot on a court again.

Now for his career in Detroit. "Eighteen minutes, c'mon, man. I can play 18 minutes with my eyes closed, with a 100-pound truck on my back. That's a bad feeling," said Iverson. That quote pretty much summarizes his time in Detroit in my eyes. He only played an average of 21 minutes as the team's sixth man. AI had been as a starter his entire career, so of course it would take him a while to get accustomed to coming off the bench. But Iverson should also realize that the limited minutes are also due to the fact he's always returning from injury.

For his career in Denver. In his first season in 06-07 which he started on Philadelphia he averaged 24.8 PPG. So he obviously was still the Iverson that we knew. In his second season he averaged 26.4 PPG. It was at this time when I was starting to think he was going to really break out and finally win a championship, but once again it turned out that I was wrong.

And finally, his outstanding career in Philadelphia. He started off his career in 1996. I remember the first game that I saw Allen Iverson play against the Chicago Bulls, and he crossed Jordan. That was a highlight of the decade and everyone who watches basketball will always remember that moment. In 2001, that was Allen Iverson's best year. He averaged 31.1 PPG, 5.2 APG, and to make all things well, he won the MVP award for the first time. He (in my eyes) pretty much by himself took his team to the NBA Finals to play the Los Angeles Lakers. Although Iverson's team only won one game (Game 1), Iverson still ended up averaging about 27 points in the series.

In conclusion, I feel that if Iverson retires now that would be the best time for him. He would still go down in my book as a top 50 greatest player of all time, and a first ballot hall of famer. Of course I know that he hasn't officially retired yet, but that is not why I wrote this article. I wrote this article as a farewell to him, because I feel like his time is up. Salute, to one of the greatest players to ever play the game! A.I. ( The Answer).