Allen Iverson: I'm not retired yet

Thursday May 24th, 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
SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.