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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Sixers made it official this morning that guard Allen Iverson will not be returning to the team this season.

Iverson missed five games before the All-Star break to be with his 4-year-old daughter, Messiah, who is suffering from an undisclosed illness. After coming back for a three-game stint, Iverson left again before the team embarked on a west coast swing and has not returned, missing the past four games.

It would appear that Iverson's career has come to an end, as his game, as well as his desire to keep playing it, appears to have diminished significantly as the season went on.

In a statement, president and general manager Ed Stefanski said:  "After discussing the situation with Allen, we have come to the conclusion that he will not return to the Sixers for the remainder of the season, as he no longer wishes to be a distraction to the organization and teammates that he loves very deeply. It has been very difficult for Allen and the team to maintain any consistency as he tries to balance his career with his personal life."

The team said they will release any additional updates on Iverson's status as they become available.

Posted by Bob Cooney @ 10:26 AM  Permalink | 76 comments
Posted 10:31 AM, 03/02/2010
good riddance. Hope he returns the money.
Posted 10:42 AM, 03/02/2010
Iverson is the lucky one he doesnt have to play for Eddie Jordan or this dreadful team anymore. I dont blame him.
Posted 10:42 AM, 03/02/2010
Uncool palmyra. He was a warrior. I wish him nothing but the best...
Posted 10:45 AM, 03/02/2010
All the people trashing Iverson right now, it's clearly no longer about him and more about them. Let it go. He brought excitement and drama to the city, where now there is nothing.
Posted 10:48 AM, 03/02/2010
He was great for the Sixers, I agree. Flyers play at 7:30. Plenty of drama and excitement there.
Posted 10:50 AM, 03/02/2010
he needed more "practice"...what did you expect?
Posted 10:50 AM, 03/02/2010
he needed more "practice"...what did you expect?
Posted 10:54 AM, 03/02/2010
Can post his mugshot again? haaa
Posted 10:54 AM, 03/02/2010
kind of cold palmyra. I wasn't aware that you were the one that was paying him.
Posted 10:58 AM, 03/02/2010
He was the best little man who ever played in the NBA. Anyone care to dispute that?
Posted 10:58 AM, 03/02/2010
For all of those who are bashing Iverson, I hope that you never have to encounter a situation where you have to deal with a sick loved one. If you are actually in a situation like that and are still bashing Allan Iverson, then I just feel sorry for you.
Posted 11:01 AM, 03/02/2010
uh...he was partying it up in N.Carolina, dont believe the hype people
Posted 11:01 AM, 03/02/2010
uh...he was partying it up in N.Carolina, dont believe the hype people
Posted 11:02 AM, 03/02/2010
he got a nice send off when he returned for his first home game. that should be good enough. and have and AI night next season, when they are about 2-28...
Posted 11:03 AM, 03/02/2010
Let's try to remember the AI of 2001, not 2010. Join "Sixers Fans For Change" on Facebook.
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Phil Jasner joined the staff of the Daily News in 1972. He has covered the 76ers and the NBA on a full-time basis since 1981. He won the 2004 Curt Gowdy Media Award, presented by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to the sport during his career; he was a finalist for the award in 2001, when he also received a lifetime achievement award from the Professional Basketball Writers Association during the NBA Finals. He is a past president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association and the Philadelphia College Basketball Writers Association. Along the way, he has covered high school sports, the Big 5, the Eagles and the NFL, the World Football League, the North American Soccer League and what was then the Major Indoor Soccer League. He is a proud graduate of Temple University, and spent his early professional days at the Pottstown (Pa.) Mercury, Montgomery Newspapers (Fort Washington, Pa.), the Norristown (Pa.) Times-Herald and the Trentonian.

Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for almost 20 years, working in the sports department the past 12 years. This is his first season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he has been the La Salle beat writer for the past six seasons.