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Report: Iverson announces NBA retirement

Nov. 25, 2009 at 7:12 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Point guard Allen Iverson is retiring after 14 NBA seasons, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Stephen A. Smith reported Wednesday.

The 5-foot-11 inch Iverson began this season with the Memphis Grizzlies, but left the team for what he called "personal reasons" after playing in just three games.

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He and team officials later reached what they called a mutual decision that he be waived and days later, the New York Knicks, a reported suitor, said he did not fit into their rebuilding plans.

The former Georgetown product, a first-round pick by the 76ers in the 1996 NBA Draft, finishes with a 27 point per game scoring average in 889 contests with Philadelphia, Denver, Detroit and, finally, Memphis.

"I always thought that when I left the game, it would be because I couldn't help my team (but) that is not the case," Iverson said in a statement.

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