CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Larry Brown has a message for Allen Iverson: don't give up.
Iverson's former coach said Friday he thinks the 10-time All-Star "still has a passion to play" and shouldn't retire. An online report this week indicated Iverson had decided to end his career after receiving little interest from NBA teams.
Brown, now coaching the Charlotte Bobcats, said he has talked to Iverson's agent and is seeking to get in touch with him directly. Brown said he understands that "it's a pretty humbling thing" that teams haven't jumped to sign him since he was waived by Memphis on Nov. 17.
Commentator Stephen A. Smith published a statement on his Web site Wednesday attributed to Iverson that said he planned to retire.