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Sad end won’t tarnish Allen Iverson’s legacy

Allen Iverson retires as a broken man — unable to finish his career on his once-unwavering feet, unable to attract any positive attention from NBA teams for one last shot, relegated to making appearances at 76ers games to feel the roar of the crowd that was once commonplace.

Iverson never accepted that he had lost a step, was no longer an effective scorer, and was no longer an All-Star-caliber player. One of the greatest attributes of the greatest players is realizing when they are no longer great.

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