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Allen Iverson Still Hopes For NBA Comeback

Allen Iverson told Yahoo! Sports he still wants to return to the NBA. "I'll play for anybody," he said.

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Allen Iverson told Yahoo! Sports he's not ruling any teams out as he attempts an NBA comeback.

"I'll play for anybody," Iverson told Yahoo! Sports.  

Iverson last played in the NBA during the 2009-10 season with the Philadelphia 76ers. He averaged 13.9 points and 4.1 assists per game in 25 games with Philadelphia, but left the team due to personal issues and did not return.

The 36-year old Iverson now says he was too distracted by his daughter's health issues and a divorce from his wife to focus on basketball. Now, the family issues have been resolved and Iverson believes he is ready to put forth the attention necessary to excel again on the court.

"That wasn't me at all," Iverson said. "Obviously, I was dealing with the situation with my daughter and going through a divorce, and I wasn't there mentally. In my career those last couple years were so hard for me because I wasn't there. Mentally, I wasn't there.

"During those 48 minutes on the basketball court, all I [ever] cared about was that time right there. Nothing else distracted me. But at times, I felt myself standing on the court just thinking about my daughter, thinking about the situation with me and my wife. I wasn't giving [the teams] everything I had mentally."

Iverson is hosting a charity basketball event this weekend and hopes an NBA team takes notice of his skills.

"Obviously, they might have some issues thinking I don't want to help a team in a certain capacity," Iverson said. "But that's over with. All that was going on through an emotional time. It cost me to not play. I'm just willing to help any squad in any capacity.

"Hopefully, one squad will believe in me and we will go from there. That would be a lot better than having to go overseas."

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