Bring it back to June 1996 when young Allen Iverson was selected first pick overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.
After a full season, the Georgetown-er won the Rookie of the Year Award, averaging 23.5 PPG, including a 50-point game against Cleveland.
Through thick and thin Iverson remained with the Philadelphia 76ers for 10 straight seasons, carrying his team to the NBA Finals in 2001 for the first time since the Sixers 1983 championship.
Throwing all the drug and gun possessions to the side, Iverson's so-called rap album that contained offensive lyrics toward woman and gays, and the infamous "Practice" press conference video, A.I. is undoubtedly one of the best players to have ever played the game of basketball.
From creating the crossover , to literally changing the game of basketball, Iverson will forever be remembered as an extremely influential icon in NBA history.
Once it was finalized that A.I had officially retired, I had to sit down and take a moment to really let the words soak in.
I immediately thought to myself that there is no way a guy of Iverson's caliber (a man that has averaged 41.4 MPG in his career) could be completely done at the age of 34.
And I was absolutely right.
“I still have tremendous love for the game, the desire to play, and a whole lot left in my tank. I feel strongly that I can still compete at the highest level," said Iverson.
Now I understand that most teams do not want Iverson on their team because he is not "the answer" to their problems.
Most fans realize that A.I wants a starting job from an organization, and not some backup role where he will come in and compete for less than 25 MPG.
And in all reality, Iverson is the type of player that gives it his all each and every night, and we can clearly see that when taking a look at his career statistics.
So when Sixers guard Lou Williams broke his jaw the other night (forcing him to miss the next eight weeks of action) was this not only a perfect opportunity but a sort of destiny type of situation for Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers?
My wishes go out to Allen Iverson for a truly remarkable career.
I hope the Sixers make the right choice and bring this guy back into black and gold pinstripes so he can do what he was born to do, and ultimately end his Hall of Fame career back where it all began.