Allen Iverson timeline

Updated: December 20, 2006, 1:11 PM ET
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• June 1996: Iverson is drafted with the first overall pick of the NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

• May 1997: Iverson is Rookie of the Year after averaging 23.5 points, including a 50-point game against Cleveland.

Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty ImagesAcrobatic baskets makes Allen Iverson a big factor for a small player.

• August 1997: Iverson is arrested on drug and gun possession charges after the car he was riding in was pulled over for speeding in Virginia. He was sentenced to probation and 100 hours of community service.

• July 1998: Two of Iverson's friends in Virginia borrowed his Mercedes and were pulled over on drug charges. Iverson was not charged.

• January 1999: Iverson signs a six-year, $70 million contract extension with the 76ers.

• May 1999: Iverson wins his first scoring title, averaging 26.8 points.

• October 2000: Iverson draws criticism and a rebuke from NBA commissioner David Stern for an unreleased rap album containing lyrics derogatory toward woman and gays.

• April 2001: A year after being nearly traded, Iverson wins his second scoring title and is named league MVP after averaging 31.1 points. He leads the Sixers to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.

• November 2001: Already in the middle of a 10-year, $50 million endorsement deal, Iverson signs a lifetime contract extension with Reebok.

• October 2002: Rashan R. Langeford, a friend of Iverson who had been in his wedding, is shot and killed in Virginia. Iverson wears a black armband in his honor and taps it before every free throw.

• April 2002: Iverson wins his third scoring title, averaging 31.4 points per game.

• May 2002: After being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics, Iverson holds a press conference in which he lashes out at critics complaining about his practice habits. "I'm supposed to be the franchise player and we're in here talking about practice," he said, becoming more incredulous as the interview went on. "Not a game, we're talking about practice. How silly is that?"

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Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty ImagesAllen Iverson gets a lot of attention for the bad things he does off the court but not the good things.

• July 2002: Iverson allegedly threatens two men with a gun while looking for his wife following a domestic dispute. All 14 counts against him are later dropped or dismissed.

• May 2003: Sixers coach Larry Brown, who frequently clashed with his mercurial star, resigns from the club to coach the Detroit Pistons. Brown is replaced by Randy Ayers, who is fired midway through the next season.

• September 2003: Iverson agrees to a $76 million contract that would keep him in Philadelphia through 2009. "I always wanted to be a Sixer," Iverson said at a news conference. "I always wanted to finish my career as a Sixer."

• March 2004: Told he would not start against the Detroit Pistons after recovering from a knee injury, Iverson refuses to come off the bench and instead sits out the game.

• April 2004: Under Ayers and interim coach Chris Ford, the Sixers miss the playoffs for the first time since the 1997-98 season. Jim O'Brien becomes the team's third head coach since Brown's departure less than a year earlier.

• December 2004: Iverson scores 54 and 51 points on consecutive nights against Milwaukee and Utah.

• February 2005: Iverson scores a career-high 60 points in a 112-99 win over the Orlando Magic. "This is the greatest performance I've ever witnessed," O'Brien says.

• February 2005: Iverson denies a report that he wants to be traded. "I want to be right here," he says. "If I could have a wish, I would wish it's the last time I have to say that. I would wish people would know this is where I want to be."

Eliot J. Schechter/Getty ImagesAllen Iverson has played hard, played hurt and, now, has played his way out of Philadelphia.

• May 2005: O'Brien, who became unpopular with his players, is fired just one season into a three-year contract. He is replaced by former 76ers guard Maurice Cheeks. "I wanted Maurice Cheeks to be the coach and now it's finally here," Iverson would say later. "I feel like in the 10 years that I've been playing, the atmosphere should have always been like it is."

• April 2006: Iverson averages 30.7 points and 7.9 assists and captures his fourth scoring title. He caps arguably his finest season by being late to "Fan Appreciation Night" at the team's final home game. Iverson and teammate Chris Webber, who were both late to the game because of injuries, later apologize.

• July 2006: After being the subject of trade rumors leading up to the draft, Iverson says he wants to remain a 76er but would accept a trade if he's not wanted in Philadelphia. "I want to be a Sixer, I have said that since Day One," he said. "But if I am not wanted, then I definitely don't want to be a Sixer and I am willing to start my career all over."

• October 2006: Iverson admits he and other players abused Cheeks' easygoing personality the previous season en route to a 38-44 record, but the guard vows not to let it happen again.

• Nov. 29, 2006: Iverson skips a bowling night with season ticket holders and other VIPs, drawing a fine from the team. Iverson later blames his absence on medication he was taking after having two abscessed teeth pulled.

• Dec. 6, 2006: Iverson heads to the locker room for the fourth quarter of a 121-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls. The reason given for his leaving the game is back spasms.

• Dec. 8, 2006: Iverson is told by the team not to attend that night's game against Washington. Iverson releases a statement that reads in part, "As hard as it is to admit, a change may be the best thing for everyone." Ed Snider, the chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, the team's owners, says Iverson will be traded and has likely played his last game as a Sixer.

• Dec. 11, 2006: Iverson's locker is cleaned out and his nameplate removed. Yet the Sixers' PR staff still refers to it as "his locker."

• Dec. 19, 2006: The 76ers trade Iverson and Ivan McFarlin to Denver for Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two 2007 first-round draft picks.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.