Larry Brown has a message for Allen Iverson: Don't give up.
Iverson's former coach said Friday he thinks the 10-time All-Star "still has a passion to play" and shouldn't retire. An online report this week indicated Iverson had decided to end his career after receiving little interest from NBA teams.
Brown, who coached Iverson in Philadelphia when he was voted league MVP in 2001 while leading the 76ers to the NBA Finals, said he's been trying to get in touch with him.
"Anybody that knows him understands how much he loves to play," said Brown, now coaching the Bobcats.
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