Oct. 30, 2013
WASHINGTON - Former Georgetown University men's basketball All-American Allen Iverson (ex'96) officially announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association on Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia.
Among those in attendance at his announcement were Hall of Fame Coach John Thompson Jr. and long-time Georgetown men's basketball trainer Lorry Michel.
Iverson's announcement ends an NBA career that spanned 15-years, during which he won the 2001 MVP award and four scoring titles. He retired in Philadelphia, where he had his greatest successes and led the franchise to the 2001 NBA Finals.
Iverson, who also played for Denver, Detroit and Memphis, scored 24,368 points in his career and was an 11-time All-Star selection.
"I'm proud and happy with my decision," Iverson said during the press conference "I'm in a good mindset. I thank God for giving me the opportunity, not to accomplish all the things I did, but to get drafted. Just to have the opportunity to get drafted and to play in the NBA. I always believed in myself."
Iverson ranks 12th all-time in scoring at Georgetown with 1,539 points, a 23.0 per game average that is the best mark in school history. His 925 points during the 1995-96 season were the most by a Hoya in a single season. In addition, he ranks 13th all-time in assists with 307, is fourth all-time in steals with 213 and his 124 steals during the 1995-96 season are the most by a player in one year.
"Coach Thompson gave me an opportunity when nobody in the world would and he believed in me," Iverson said. "He basically saved my life and helped my dream come true."