There are conflicting reports coming out of Memphis, and after a tenure in Memphis that’s already seen high levels of turmoil, there are whispers that Iverson may retire. The Memphis Commercial Appeal quotes a source close to Iverson:
Allen Iverson is contemplating retirement if he doesn’t rejoin the Grizzlies, according to a source with knowledge of the veteran guard’s situation. […]
The stress associated with a family issue plus Iverson’s frustration over playing a reserve role might spell the end of his 14-year NBA career, according to the source.
By contrast, Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley refuses to concede anything is over as far as Iverson’s concerned:
“I just think if he was going to retire, he’d tell me first,” Heisley said. “I expect him to come back. If he does retire, I’ll be tremendously disappointed. I feel bad because I don’t think that’s the way he should go out.”
“I hope he doesn’t retire. I really hope he comes back and plays for us. He’s still got a lot of game left.”
The idea that Iverson would feel compelled to confide in Heisley is laughable… He may not retire, but his silence over the past few days—amidst persistent rumors that he’s done with basketball—suggests he’s seriously considering it. Stay tuned.