Former NBA MVP Allen Iverson was in the house Wednesday night (May 23) for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics.
Iverson received a standing ovation and a rousing applause from the crowd when he walked onto the court at the Wells Fargo Center and delivered the game ball to NBA referee Joey Crawford before the big showdown between the Sixers and the Celtics.
The 11-time All-Star and four-time scoring champ — who was the 1997 NBA Rookie of the Year and helped guide the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals — watched his former team defeat the Celtics (82 to 75) from a suite with NBA legend Julius Erving (aka Dr. J), and he spoke to the press and said that he isn’t ready to consider himself a retired NBA player.
“I’m not using that word [retirement] … I wanna play basketball so bad. The way it is right now, I’ve accepted the fact [the NBA] may not happen, but I still want to play basketball. If I can get an opportunity to where it’s gonna make me happy at the end of my career, I’ll take that opportunity. But I just love to play and I want to have another opportunity to play on the professional level.