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Allen Iverson Finally Opens Up About 76ers Departure

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During the first 10 years of his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers, Allen Iverson was one of the league’s best players and the epitome of the franchise. However, after three consecutive disappointing seasons, it came to an abrupt end after he was traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2006. It’s a move that the soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee in his much-anticipated tv special Allen Iverson: The Answer voiced much regret doing in hindsight.

“I wish it never happened, but it was time because what I wanted [then]… If you’re not going to do what needs to be done to help us all, I’d rather be gone. I wish I would’ve just stuck in there, and not left. I wish I wouldn’t of left.”

Iverson at the time of his departure was still one of the league’s best scorers ranking second behind Carmelo Anthony. The only problem with the situation was that the 76ers had taken a step back in his final three seasons making the playoffs just once and surpassed 40 regular-season wins once over that span. It was clear that Philadelphia was a team in the decline and was wasting away Iverson’s best years.

Although the 76ers made the playoffs in two consecutive seasons after the first year without Iverson, there was an obvious offensive hole. He was the face of the franchise that helped them make a perennial team in the league with six playoffs appearances over a seven-year span. This included an NBA Finals appearance during his best individual campaign in the 2000-01 season that earned him his lone MVP award.

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