Allen Iverson has officially retired, and now the 76ers are going to make sure no one wears the No. 3 in Philadelphia ever again.
According to the Philadelphia 76ers official Twitter feed, the franchise will retire Iverson’s No. 3 during a halftime ceremony of their March 1 home game against the Washington Wizards.
Allen Iverson will become the eighth player in franchise history to have their number retired.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) November 27, 2013
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) November 27, 2013
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Sixers press release:
The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that they will officially retire Allen Iverson’s number “3” in a special halftime ceremony on Saturday, March 1, 2014 when the Sixers host the Washington Wizards.
Iverson is one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history despite his small stature (6’0 and 165 lbs). He led the 76ers to their first Finals appearance since 1983 and played in front of thunderous cheers and sold out crowds. Known as “The Answer,” he is one of the greatest finishers in the game. He leaves a lasting legacy forever in the hearts of Philadelphia fans. With boundless talent, he was always exciting to watch and had a flashy style that endeared him to fans all over the world.
“Allen Iverson is, without question, one of the most iconic players to ever wear the Sixers uniform,” said Philadelphia 76ers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil. “Allen left everything out on the court and no one could ever question his heart – he was relentless, fearless and pound-for-pound, was one of the greatest to ever play the game.”
The Sixers drafted Iverson, who officially retired from the NBA in a press conference held on October 30, 2013, with the first overall pick in the 1996 Draft. He would go on to appear in 722 games (6th all-time) and play 29,879 minutes (2nd all-time) for the Sixers, while averaging 27.6 points per game, tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the highest scoring average in franchise history.