On Feb. 22, Allen Iverson and the 76ers announced that he was leaving the team for personal reasons.
The former NBA MVP and four-time scoring champion said he wanted to be in Atlanta to be with his daughter, Messiah, who had an undisclosed illness.
In a posting on Twitter, Allen Iverson wrote: "I need to be there to hold my little girl's hand and encourage her to get better. I wanted her to wake up every morning and see her Daddy's face, at least until she got better. Through God's Strength, She Will Keep Getting Better!"
Prior to that announcement, Iverson had missed five games and the All-Star Game to be with his family.
The team said Tuesday, the day the divorce petition was filed, that lverson would not return to the team this 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,” 76ers general manager 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.”