Reports: Iverson planning to retire

November 26, 2009

Allen Iverson is set to retire from the NBA, according to an online report.

Commentator Stephen A. Smith published a statement on his Web site Wednesday attributed to Iverson. It says Iverson plans to retire, but the 10-time All-Star also said, "I feel strongly that I can still compete at the highest level."

Iverson played three games this season with the Grizzlies before taking a leave of absence to attend to personal matters. He was waived after the two sides agreed to part ways.

"I think he still has something left to give some team out there," said George Karl, who coached Iverson in Denver. "If that's his decision, he'll go down in history, I think, as the greatest little guard ever to play the game of basketball."

Iverson won four scoring titles and has a playoff average of 29.7 points, second to Michael Jordan.

Associated Press

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