Allen Iverson Retires, and Good Riddance
Don’t let the door hit ya…
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So Allen Iverson has announced his retirement. A stunning announcement, isn’t it? Especially in light of the fact that not one NBA team wants him. It must be humbling; this is, after all, a former NBA MVP. He has scored more than 20,000 points in his career. As far as pure, raw ability, he may be as good as any small guard the league has ever seen.
And now… he is unloved. To whit I can only say… It serves the spoiled brat right. Iverson was born with a gift. He was, at one time, one of the most dynamic scorers the league has ever had. A six foot guard hanging up 50 points on any given night; he was a matchup nightmare.
But through his career, he has been, at various points, a thug, a punk, a whiner, and a flat out arrogant jerk. He was good, but never as good as he thought he was. He shunned practice; someone with his superior skills didn’t need to practice!
This couldn’t have happened to a better guy. The reality is that he is still probably in the top 30 or 40 percent of the guards in the league ability wise. And yet no one… even teams that could desperately use a guard of his caliber… want him. Many players come into the league selfish. A certain guy named Michael didn’t even realize he had team mates until his third year or so. Kobe was every bit the brat Iverson is. But eventually, they all grew up, and as a result, they’ve got jewelry.
Iverson will never see a ring, unless it’s on someone else’s hand. It’s my hope that he never has another basketball related job. Not in coaching, not on TV. He has taken far more from the game than he has given. Let’s hope he isn’t able to take any more.