According to SLAM magazine, Allen Iverson will announce his retirement sometime this week. The 6-foot point guard played 14 NBA seasons and will finish with career averages of 26.7 points and 6.2 assists. He has been out of the NBA since 2010 and his career was all but over, but his announcement officially will close the book on a Hall of Fame career.
Iverson was slightly above his own averages when playing the Bulls, averaging 28.3 points on 46 percent shooting and 6.3 assists in nearly 40 minutes per game.
But perhaps Iverson's most memorable Chicago moment occurred during his rookie season. Iverson had faced the Bulls, on their way to a third straight NBA title, twice in the regular season, scoring 15 and 32 points, respectively, in those two outings. The first overall pick couldn't lead the Sixers to wins in either of those games, but he came close in his third attempt against Michael Jordan and the reigning champs.
On March 12, 1997, Iverson scored 37 points -- then a career-high -- on 15-of-23 shooting and handed out four assists in 36 minutes before fouling out. The No. 1 overall pick's performance was the best on the court that day, but Jordan and Pippen combined to score 54 points in a 108-104 win in Philadelphia.
Iverson may not have won the game -- the Sixers would win just 22 games that season -- but Iverson won the head-to-head matchup against Jordan. True, his numbers were better, but Iverson also crossed over Jordan and drained a 15-footer in His Airness' face that has generated more than 1.9 million views on YouTube.
The NBA may never see another player with the handles, scoring prowess and diminutive height like Iverson, which makes his legacy all the more meaningful.
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