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Allen Iverson to officially retire

 

It looks like LeBron James’ second favorite player is retiring.

According to ESPN, former Philadelphia 76ers star will officially announce his retirement at the team’s home opener on October 30.

The 38-year-old will retire as an 11-time All-Star and averaged 26.7 points per game over his career, the sixth-best in NBA history behind the likes of Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, and LeBron James. The six-foot tall Iverson is also the shortest player to average 20 points per game in his career.

Iverson played his first 10 seasons for the 76ers, winning Rookie of the Year in 1997 after being drafted first overall out of Georgetown. Iverson went on to become the league MVP in 2001, the year his Sixers lost in five games to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.

Iverson was traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2006. He also played for Detroit and Memphis before returning to the 76ers for 25 games during 2009-2010 season.

Iverson’s official retirement falls on the night the 76ers play the Miami Heat, whose superstar LeBron James recently stated that Iverson was his second favorite player, behind just Michael Jordan.

“He played like a 6-8 two-guard,” James said, per ESPN. “He was one of the greatest finishers we’ve ever seen. You could never question his heart. Ever.”

 

 

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