76ers retire Allen Iverson’s No. 3 Jersey
The Philadelphia 76ers’ honored Allen Iverson, by retiring his No. 3 jersey during halftime of their game against the Washington Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Sixers owner Josh Harris and Iverson spoke during the ceremony, as Erving, Moses Malone and a number of basketball dignitaries showed up to pay tribute.
“Allen was a special player,” Silver said, according to the AP. “The great things he did for the league far outweigh the occasional headaches. I always thought even at the time of Alleb Iverson’s prominence in the league, he was representative of his generation.”
Iverson was emotional as he thanked former teammates and friends.
“You have to show me the fool that says dreams don’t come true,” Iverson said. “Because they do. I love you, Philadelphia. I love y’all for accepting me and letting me be me. Letting me make my mistakes, letting me be human, let me learn from them. Just embracing me and making this my home forever.”
“And now it’s time to party,” Iverson said, concluding his speech.
The ceremony culminated with a red banner bearing Iverson’s name, the Sixers name and logo and the No. 3 in white being raised to the rafters. Tina Turner’s “Simply The Best” played as the banner proceeded upwards.
Iverson officially retired in October and in November, The Sixers announced that Iverson would have his jersey retired. The honor was only a matter of time, as he served as the face of the franchise that he carried to the 2001 Finals. Philadelphia selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 1996 draft and he won the 2001 NBA MVP award during his 14-year career. The All-Star never won a championship, but he had a great career, fans will never forget his name.
Iverson says he has plan to spend his retirement fishing, so the Sixers presented the him with a fishing boat bearing the name, “The Answer.”
Iverson is joins seven other players in Sixers franchise history to have his number retired, along with Charles Barkley (No. 34), Wilt Chamberlain (No.13), Maurice Cheeks (No. 10) , Billy Cunningham (No. 32), Julius Erving (No.6) , Hal Greer (No. 15) and Bobby Jones (No. 24).
If you missed all the action at the ceremony last night, just check out the link below.