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The Answer returns: Sixers, Iverson make it official
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers officially welcomed back guard Allen Iverson during a Thursday afternoon press conference.
Iverson's return was complete on Wednesday, when he agreed to a contract, which the Philadelphia Daily News reported on Tuesday was a pro-rated and non-guaranteed $1.3 million deal for the remainder of the season.
The way home for Iverson was most likely paved due to the Sixers' 5-13 record and the fact that starting point guard Lou Williams will miss extensive time due to a fractured jaw.
"First of all, I really think it's a blessing I'm back here," Iverson said. "It's only right. Once I announced my retirement, I felt like the basketball part of my life was over. When I had the opportunity to come back, I was just happy it could be here.
"I was born to be a basketball player, and the only thing I can do better than that is be a father," added Iverson, who grew more emotional as he spoke. "If I couldn't play at the level I'm accustomed to, I wouldn't have done it. I don't want to embarrass myself."
Iverson, 34, is expected to make his season debut in Philadelphia on Monday against the Nuggets, the team he was traded to in December 2006.
"He leaves every ounce of sweat and guts when he's on the court. He's a warrior-type basketball player. There's been no question about that ever," said Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski of his new acquisition. "If he can do that this time around, for the young kids, that would be huge."
Iverson spent the first 10-plus seasons of his NBA career with the Sixers, after they selected him first overall in the 1996 NBA draft. He won the 1996-97 Rookie of the Year award and developed into one of the game's top scorers.
He led the league in points per game four times with the Sixers, including during the 2000-01 season, when he posted 31.1 points and led the team to the NBA Finals before losing to the Lakers.
But Philadelphia missed the playoffs in 2003-04 and 2005-06, and Iverson's relationship with the team became rocky, leading to his trade to Denver.
The 10-time All-Star has bounced around the league since then, as he was moved from the Nuggets to the Pistons last season, then signed with Memphis this September.
He played just three games off the bench for the Grizzlies this season after missing time with an injury, and expressed his unhappiness with the situation. He was given a leave of absence from the team on November 7, and the sides agreed to terminate his one-year contract.
"All the things that I did when I was younger, things that I'm not proud of on and off the court...created this image of me, that was not me," Iverson admitted. "I was just tired of hearing all of that stuff. I woke up frustrated every day around my wife and kids because of not knowing...where my life was headed."
Coming into this season, Iverson had the fifth-highest regular season per-game scoring average of all-time at 27.0 and the second-highest playoff average with 29.7. He has also averaged 6.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 889 games.
Mangino resigns as Kansas head football coach
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Kansas head coach Mark Mangino will not return as the team's head coach next season, resigning after an internal review that was supposedly related to player concerns about verbal and physical abuse.
The resignation is effective immediately. Assistant coaches David Beaty, Clint Bowen and Bill Miller will share the interim head-coaching duties.
"We appreciate the eight years that Mark has given to rebuilding our football program," said school athletic director Lew Perkins. "He and I have reached a mutually satisfactory agreement that reflects the appreciation we have for his efforts on behalf of Kansas Football.
"As you know, we have recently completed an internal review of the football program. I have been instructed by legal counsel that we cannot release any documents related to the investigation, nor any details regarding our settlement agreement. The investigation and settlement agreement will remain part of Mark's personnel records."
Mangino has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing regarding the allegations against him.
In July 2008, Mangino signed a contract extension that runs through the 2012 season and raised his annual salary to $2.3 million. Two years removed from being named consensus national coach of the year in 2007, Mangino's Jayhawks suffered through a disappointing 5-7 season -- including losses in their last seven games.
Mangino is responsible for turning around a program that went to a bowl game in four of his last seven seasons, including its first ever BCS bowl win against Virginia Tech at the 2008 Orange Bowl to cap a 12-1 season.
Mangino leaves Kansas with a 50-48 record at the school, just two wins shy of A.R. Kennedy's record of 52 wins, set in 1910.