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Allen Iverson has announced that he will not return to play with the Philadelphia 76ers.

On Tuesday (March 2) the team announced he would not return for the rest of the NBA season.

“After discussing the situation with Allen, we have come to the conclusion that he will not return to the Sixers for the remainder of the season, as he no longer wishes to be a distraction to the organization and teammates that he loves very deeply,” team president Ed Stefanski said. “It has been very difficult for Allen and the team to maintain any consistency as he tries to balance his career with his personal life.”

Iverson who has been absent from the team for a month, said at a Feb. 15 practice that it was emotionally draining to leave his family to play basketball.

Since his revelation, Iverson has returned to Atlanta to be with his family as they deal with an undisclosed illness of his 4-year-old daughter, Messiah.

Iverson, who returned as a free-agent to the 76ers in December, has not played since Feb. 20.

The former NBA MVP and four-time scoring champion averaged 13.8 points in 28 games this season. He started the season with the Memphis Grizzlies but played only three games before he announced a short-lived retirement.

The game of basketball is definitely missing a superstar athlete and Hip-Hop Wired would like to wish Allen Iverson and his family the best of luck and pray for his daughter’s speedy recovery.