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Allen Iverson Returns to Philadelphia 76ers - Only to Retire

Updated on March 14, 2011 photo photo

Many are wishing Allen Iverson well as it becomes official he will not be returning to the Philadelphia Sixers to finish the 2010 Season.

His daughter's health has preoccupied this father for quite some time, as the family seeks answers to her medical problems. Messiah, who is only 4 years old has an undisclosed medical problem.

For some, his return did not come a moment too soon.

The basketball franchise was suffering financially, with the second lowest attendance in all the league. They are hoping Iverson will be able to fill all the empty seats with those who remember the Iverson of old.

While excitement was initially very positive and invigorating to the fans and for the Sixers when Iverson returned Monday, December 7, it didn't take long before the thrill of having Iverson back quickly began to fade.

It is no secret the Sixers are a bad team this year. 3 headcoach changes has done little to improve the team's record.

Some speculated that if he was 60-70 percent of the player he was when he left Philly in 2006, it will be a good deal. With a young 76er team enduring the loss of a key player to injury, it was hoped that the veteran might indeed live up to his nickname, The Answer.

He had been given an non guarantee 1 year contract. He can be "let go" if he fails to meet expectations. His free agent salary of 1 million plus is the lowest paid to a player with his 10 years of experience. He unceremoniously retired with the Memphis Grizzlies after he was slotted to come off the bench, and not start as he is accustomed to doing.

An Old Man at 34?

By basketball standards, AI is considered an old man in the league. Imagine, being told you are a has been at only 34 years of age. Such is the life of a professional athlete. Iverson wishes to start with the team, he wasn't granted that wish when he played with the Memphis Grizzlies, the team he recently retired with. He could not swallow coming off the bench after being a starter for 10 years. So he decided to quit the game he loves so much.

Starting on Monday, Iverson will once again be reunited with fellow team mate, Andre Iquodala. How they will mesh after all this time is a question begging for an answer. But the hole in the Sixers offense is also begging for an answer, perhaps THE ANSWER will be ready to pump up the team, score some points and show he hasn't lost his touch, even if he is 34 years old.

Will Philly Fans Still Love Iverson?

If he produces and helps the Sixers begin winning again, the fans will come! They will be taken back to Iverson's earlier days when he was the league VIP on more than one occasion.

The small man, known for his scrappiness, who could get knocked down by the tall buildings from rival teams, and still get up and put up amazing numbers, will be the favorite child once again.

And if he has shown he has matured, he will be embraced all the more so.

Presently, the debate continues about whether or not this is a big mistake but the Sixers President feels it is a win/win for his team.

Some of Iverson's Amazing Stats

In his first go-round with Philadelphia, Iverson posted some amazing stats:

The 10-time All-Star was NBA MVP in 2001 when he led the Sixers to the NBA finals. Iverson has played in 71 career playoff games and owns the second-highest postseason scoring average (29.7 ppg) in NBA history, trailing only Michael Jordan (33.4 ppg).

In 10 seasons with the Sixers, Iverson posted the highest scoring average in team history (28.1), was second on the points list (19,583) and holds the record for 3-pointers (877). He was a seven-time All-Star, won four scoring titles and two All-Star game MVPs, has career averages of 27 points and 6.2 points in 889 career games in 14 seasons. He is tied for the fifth-highest scoring average in NBA history and ranks third among active players.

It is easy to see why fans would be happy with 60 percent of the above!

A Chance To Retire With Style

If nothing else is accomplished with this free agent deal, at least Iverson will have the opportunity to end his basketball career with the team that began it all.

#3 will retire with pomp and not unceremoniously as was his first retirement with the Grizzlies of Memphis. The fans in Philly recognize the talent of this future Hall of Famer and will reward it accordingly when he retires. Fan appreciation will be high, especially if he does well in the next 8 weeks and shows he is a wiser more mature player.

Philly is a buzz with the possibilities and potential hazards. Monday night will be the big reveal and as they keep saying here in Philly . . . "We'll See"

What Do You Think?

Is bringing Iverson back to Philly a good deal or a BIG mistake?

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    • Jen's Solitude profile image

      Jen's Solitude 8 years ago from Delaware

      Thanks for the comment GeneralHowitzer. I will be glad when his return translates into a WIN for the Sixers! 12 losses in a row - WoW!

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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Wow I read about Iverson already and his return to Philly, his hub reinforced that further, Being a avid basketball the new development in Iverson's career was inspiring, thank goodness he is returning to floor to flash once again his crossover moves and great basketball skills...

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      Jen's Solitude 8 years ago from Delaware

      Very well said Mike! He has apparently given his team a big dose of enthusiasm. Hopefully they will win a game soon.

      Thanks for your insightful comment.

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      Mike Lickteig 8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I am not a big Iverson fan--a never believed he acquired the discipline that would have elevated him from a great player to an all-time great. He is a tremendous talent with a great will to win, but shot selection and judgment are in question, even after all these years.

      I am glad to see him back in his "home" town, and I'm certain he will bring fans to the games. It is likely the best possible ending he could have to a long and distinguished career.

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      Jen's Solitude 8 years ago from Delaware

      jbsweet, I think his reputation preceeded him. Hopefully with age comes wisdom, not just skills. Thanks for the comment.

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      jbsweet 8 years ago from Cleveland, Oh

      Nice article...I think Philly did a good thing. Iverson was hurt by the fact that no one wanted to pick him up on there team. Now he has something to prove. He has to prove to the league that he still got game and can score.I think he is going to do great.

      Check out my new blog site...I have alot of work to do on it.

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      Jen's Solitude 8 years ago from Delaware

      I totally agree cgcorey! Thanks for your comment.

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      cgcorey 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      A.I by far one of the greatest to play the do what he does at his height is just amazing

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      Jen's Solitude 8 years ago from Delaware

      HiRuss, he will have to put up or shut up soon now. :)


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      Rascal Russ Miles 8 years ago from Show Low, AZ USA


      Thanks for dribbling the rest of us UP TO SPEED...

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      Jen's Solitude 8 years ago from Delaware

      I agree with you there. I have never seen a little guy take such a beating and keep coming back for more. If he behaves and scores the fans will cheer him on. ;)

      I have to remember to poke you when the Cavs play the Sixers. :-) Thanks for your comment!

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      Sara Tonyn 8 years ago from Ohio, the Buckeye State

      I'm rootin' for him cuz I love to watch him play. I don't care how old he is, he's still better than a large percentage of the league will ever be. I hope Philly fans appreciate and enjoy the return of an icon. (Except when the Cavs are playin' the Sixers, that is!)

      From one BB fan to another, nice hub! :)

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hey, good luck to Iverson and the sixers. He's a winner in his heart, so I have a lot of confidence. There's a lot he learned in his ten years on the court, and I KNOW he'll strut his stuff with grace and style.

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      Jen's Solitude 8 years ago from Delaware

      Hi ocbill, the nets have low attendance too? I didn't know that. The sportscasters are wondering about his flow too. Guess we'll all find out together Monday night. Thanks for your input.

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I hope he does well and sixers win more. Maybe the nets low attendance is spilling down to philly. Too bad he will not accept a 6th man role like other retired greats did. well, Malone and Stockton didn't go down that way. AI needs to get into a flow for his shots though, so needs court time