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Allen Iverson Retires As Sixer

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Iverson, with three of his kids, and his manager Iverson, with three of his kids, and his manager
PHILADELPHIA -

"Pound for pound, the greatest player ever," Lebron James said of A-I.

The Sixers open the season tonight against the Miami Heat. Prior to tonight's game, Allen Iverson will officially retire as a Sixer.

The next generation of basketball players in the NBA will be better, because of people like Allen Iverson, said his manager, Gary Moore.

"I feel proud having to say that I'm happy with my decision," Iverson told reporters. "I have to thank God for giving me the opportunity to...being drafted."

"I have to thank Michael Jordan for giving me the vision. Without that vision, it just wouldn't have been possible. He made me want to play basketball," Iverson added. "He basically showed me the way and gave me that path."

Iverson also thanked his coaches. He thanked his family, friends, and teammates.

"I will always be a Sixer til I die," Iverson said. He told reporters that he has no regrets, and he would not have changed anything if he had to go back.

Iverson took special care to emphasize the happy moments that his kids have given to him. When times where tough, seeing their faces made his day better, he told reporters.

"The passion is still there, but the desire to play is not," Iverson concluded.

Iverson then fielded questions from reporters.

One reporter asked about Iverson's plans after retirement. Iverson said it's very easy to answer. Playing professionally meant that he could not be with his kids much. Now, he can be with his kids. "24 hour dad."

"It's catch up time."

Another reporter then asked Iverson when he decided to retire.

"It wasn't just one day," Iverson answered. "I was just mentally tired. The passion to play just wasn't there. I just felt like it was time."

"I don't want basketball to be the rest of my life. It's a different part of my life now."

Another reporter asked Iverson how he thinks he compares to other great players.

"I look at how you rank people," Iverson respond. "I look at the people in the media doing the ranking, and I'm like, 'who are these people doing the ranking?'" Iverson said that he only cares about what the great players say about him. "I let people that love basketball decide that."

When asked what he would say to people who want to be like him.

"I want them to be better than me," Iverson said.

When asked if there was one player who helped him the most, Iverson broke down crying.

"Aaron McKie," he said. "He was my teammate and friend...helped me with a lot of personal issues I had."

Iverson told reporters that he's made a million mistakes in his career, but if it weren't for Aaron McKie, it would have been two million.

 


Love him or hate him, there is no debate that A-I was one of the most exciting and talked about athletes to ever come through Philadelphia.

In honor of Allen's big night, FOX 29's Colleen Wolfe was on Good Day to take a look at her top three Allen Iverson moments.

It wasn't easy narrowing the list down to the top three A-I moments, Colleen told Good Day.

The number three moment on Colleen's list happened during Allen's rookie season 1996-97 against Michael Jordan and The Chicago Bulls. The number two moment happened during practice. And the number one moment? Iverson's shot over Tyron Lue when the Sixers played the Lakers.

Watch the Good Day segment above to see the full list and re-watch those defining moments that Colleen mentioned.

Iverson is giving a press conference right now. Watch the press conference here: 

http://www.myfoxphilly.com/category/239150/watch-fox-29-news-live-online

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