Allen Iverson: Time To Bid Farewell To The NBA

Chase SanfordCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Allen Iverson #1 of the Detroit Pistons celebrates in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game on November 13, 2008 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. 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 Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

As we all know, Allen Iverson is a potential future hall-of-famer.

Yes, he was just voted an All-Star (due only to popularity) this past season.

So why am I telling A.I. to wave farewell to the NBA?

Well, he said himself he would rather retire than come off the bench in the NBA just last April. So I say, Iverson tell the league goodbye and cherish some of the great moments you had in it. 

If he is not willing to take a smaller role to a title contending team, then he has nothing left to prove. We all already know the huge numbers he can put up.

I know he was an explosive player. He was a dynamic scorer. He used to be able to lead a team. But those days are gone, and it is time for him to realize that.

After leading the Pistons to a losing record and the eighth-seed in the Playoffs last season, Iverson proved his playing days like a star are over.

Oh wait, they have been over since he called it quits on April 3 due to a "bad back."


Now, after having the worst NBA season of his career, he is a free agent and expects to get a starting job for someone else?

Not happening.

Also, he is made it clear he doesn't believe in practice. I cannot deny the fact during the game he plays hard. Very hard. But if you are wanting to go to a new team, that will require practice to get familiar with the things that certain team does.

Iverson publicly and deliberately skipped a practice last season and denied to say his whereabouts or his reason for missing the scheduled practice.

He is used to making the big bucks, and now he is no longer worth the big bucks.

With the economy like it is and many teams struggling financially, not very many of them could afford to take a risk on Iverson even if they wanted to.

Iverson is currently a free agent, and it seems like it could stay that way.

A.I. has scored more than 23,000 points in 13 seasons in the NBA. The man has a 27.1 scoring average a game. He was a great player. He needs to realize he is no longer that player and, if not willing to be a role player off the bench to help a contending team, needs to retire with pride and dignity.

P.S. Why did Joe Dumars and the Pistons trade Chauncey Billups for Iverson in the first place?


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