Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Allen Iverson has decided to retire from the NBA, according to comments he made on Stephen A. Smith’s official Website.
“I would like to announce my plans to retire from the National Basketball Association,” Iverson said in a statement on StephanA.com. “I always thought that when I left the game, it would be because I couldn’t help my team the way that I was accustomed to. However, that is not the case.
“I still have tremendous love for the game, the desire to play, and a whole lot left in my tank. I feel strongly that I can still compete at the highest level.”
Iverson played just three games in Memphis this season before departing for “personal” reasons. It was widely reported that he was unhappy coming off the bench.
The Knicks took a long, hard look at signing the 34-year-old 10-time All-Star but opted not to out of concerns for chemistry.
Iverson could now wait to see if an NBA team wants to pick him up for the veteran’s minimum later this season, or he could opt to go overseas and play in Greece or Italy the way some NBA players have done. Or he could hang them up permanently.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.