In today’s news, a surefire Hall of Famer will officially announce his retirement from the NBA, a star reveals that his coaches lost faith in him, and LeBron James names his top three players of all time.
Allen Iverson will formally retire
According to Tzvi Twersky of SLAM, sources close to Allen Iverson have indicated that the 11-time All Star will formally announce his retirement from the NBA in the coming days.
Iverson last played in the NBA in 2010 with the 76ers. Although he had previously stated interest in coming back to the league, this retirement announcement should end all speculation of a possible return.
The 38-year-old played last played professionally overseas in Turkey in 2011. He declined an offer to play with the Texas Legends of the D-League in January 2013.
Despite averaging an effective 13.9 points and 4.1 assists per night for the Sixers in 2010, no team signed him as a free agent that summer.
He will be remembered as one of the most exciting and entertaining player in the NBA history.
“He might be the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen,” said Larry Brown, Iverson’s coach from 1997-2003. “I don’t think there’ll be another one like him.
“I’m sure we faced a lot of obstacles, maybe even on a daily basis, but when it came time to play, to try to win a game, he tried to play as hard as he could for his coach.”
Jeremy Lin says coaches in Houston lost faith in him last season
In front of 20,000 youths in Tapei, Jeremy Lin spoke candidly about his first season with the Rockets.
“I was ready to invigorate the entire city of Houston,” said Lin. “I was supposed to save Houston basketball.”
Lin’s departure from New York and arrival in Houston rivaled Dwight Howard’s saga with Orlando as last summer’s most compelling storyline.
“I became so obsessed with becoming a great basketball player … trying to be Linsanity, being this phenomenon that took the NBA by storm,” Lin told the audience. “The coaches were losing faith in me, basketball fans were making fun of me.”
Lin struggled mightily in the Rockets’ playoff matchup against the Thunder. He averaged four points and two turnovers in four games.
LeBron James names his top three players of all time
In an interview with Fox Sports 1, LeBron James was asked to list the greatest players in basketball history.
After responding promptly with Michael Jordan, James hesitated for a moment before proceeding to list Julius Erving and Larry Bird as his second and third best players.
Because James excluded big men from his list, the absence of Magic Johnson becomes even more noteworthy.
James has said in the past that he modeled his game after Julius Erving and Michael Jordan as a child.