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Allen Iverson returns to Philadelphia

December 2, 2009 | 10:29 am

Iverson A week after announcing his retirement, Allen Iverson is heading back to where his professional career started.

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today it had signed Iverson and that he'd be making his debut Monday against the Denver Nuggets. The Sixers decided to give Iverson a chance after Lou Williams broke his jaw against Washington on Nov. 24.

"We felt Allen was the best available free agent guard to help us at this time," Sixers President Ed Stefanski said in a release.

Iverson, 34, returns to the team he led to the NBA Finals in 2001 en route to winning the league MVP title. In 10 seasons with the club, Iverson posted the highest scoring averaging in team history (28.1) and the team record for 3-pointers (877). He ranks second in all-time scoring (19,583) for the Sixers.

Iverson was banished from the team after refusing to play the fourth quarter of a game against the Chicago Bulls in December 2006. He was later traded to Denver.

The Sixers are riding a seven-game losing streak heading into tonight's contest against Oklahoma City.

Hopefully, Iverson won't get fed up with the Sixers' practice schedule. It would be a shame if the media provoked him into making this sort of response:

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Allen Iverson in April 2006. Credit: Bill Kostroun / Associated Press