Report: Iverson to officially retire

Allen Iverson is officially retiring. Yes, you're probably asking yourself: "Wait, hasn't he been retired for quite some time?"

You'd be right, except that the prolific NBA scorer hadn't made it official yet. According to an ESPN report , he'll do that at the 76ers home opener on Oct. 30.

Iverson played for 14 years after being drafted No. 1 out of Georgetown by the 76ers and won the Rookie of the Year award in 1997. He led the 76ers to the NBA Finals in 2001 -- while winning league MVP -- against the Lakers, who won the series in five games.

One of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, Iverson is sixth all-time behind Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West in career points per game with 26.7. He was an 11-time All-Star who also averaged 6.2 assist and 2.2 steals per game.

Iverson will call it quits on a night the Miami Heat are in town, which is fitting considering LeBron James recently had glowing things to say about him . They had a brief run-in once before.

"He played like a 6-8 2-guard," James said recently. "He was one of the greatest finishers we've ever seen."

Iverson also played for the Nuggets, Pistons and Grizzlies at the tail end of his career before a return to the 76ers in the 2009-10 season to cap his playing days in the NBA.

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