From Dec. 3, 2009 - Allen Iverson sheds tears at a 76ers media conference

*Allen Iverson’s short return to the Philadelphia 76ers has ended.

The point guard, who once led the team to the NBA finals, will not come back to the organization for the rest of the season, the Sixers announced Tuesday.

The decision follows Iverson’s month-long absence from the team in order to deal with the undisclosed illness of his 4-year-old daughter, Messiah. Iverson, who returned to the 76ers as a free-agent in December, has not played since Feb. 20.

“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 has returned to Atlanta to be with his family. Coach Eddie Jordan said at practice it was best for Iverson to move on and put his focus on his daughter.

“I think it was the right thing to do at the right time,” Jordan said. “His body of work has proven to be a terrific body of work in the history of the NBA.”