On Wednesday, October 30th, the Allen Iverson era officially came to an end in the NBA. After not playing a game in the league since the 2009-10 season, Iverson announced his official retirement in a short press conference Wednesday afternoon. On the same night, the Michael Carter-Williams era may have begun.
In his heartfelt statement, Iverson noted that he had given everything to the game of basketball and while he still had a passion for the game, the desire to play was not there. However, during his 14-year career, Iverson’s on-court passion to play was never questioned. He finished his career 19th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 24,368 points. The former No. 1 draft pick won the 2001 MVP award, won four scoring titles and made 11 All-Star appearances.
While Iverson addressed a number of issues from his playing days, he declined to address a number of off-court issues that had surfaced in recent years. And while admitting that he made a number of mistakes throughout his career, Iverson stated that he would not do anything different. However, despite his flaws, Iverson’s legacy will have a lasting effect on the league.
Later on in the night, Iverson was recognized at the Sixers’ home opener versus the Miami Heat. With Iverson in the building, the Sixers surprised the Heat with a 114-110 victory behind rookie Michael Carter-Williams impressive debut. As Iverson departed, Carter-Williams announced his arrival with 22 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds, and nine steals.