By alin0303
May 24, 2012

Former 76ers star Allen Iverson received a heartfelt ovation when he brought out the game ball before the Celtics-Sixers showdown on Wednesday, but a more revealing moment came during a second-quarter interview with Lisa Salters on ESPN's telecast.

Asked if he was retired, Iverson told Salters (video below): "I'm not using that word. 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."

returning to the U.S. for a procedure on his leg

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