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Philadelphia to retire Allen Iverson’s No. 3 jersey

Nov 27, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

Allen Iverson Sixers Getty Images

This is as it should be.

On March 1, the Philadelphia 76ers will retire the No. 3 jersey of Allen Iverson, the team announced Wednesday, as reported at

“Allen Iverson is, without question, one of the most iconic players to ever wear the Sixers uniform,” team CEO Scott O’Neil said in a released statement. “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.”

Iverson not only led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals on the court, not only was he an 11-time All-Star who averaged 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 2.2 steals a game in his 13-year career (12 in Philly), he’s a guy who changed the game off it. His style — the tattoos, the cornrows, his fearless attacking style on the court, helped bring some hip-hop culture to the game.

Plus, go ahead an name a more entertaining player of the past 20 years — Iverson’s ability to attack and finish over guys a foot taller than him made him a must watch guy.

He’s a Philly icon who deserves this.

By the way, if you’re trying to win a trivia bet at the bar, the answer is seven other Sixers have their numbers retired: Julius Erving (6), Maurice Cheeks (10), Wilt Chamberlain (13), Hal Greer (15), Bobby Jones (24), Billy Cunningham (32) and Charles Barkley (34).

  1. theworkhorsebackdotcom - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    A nice tribute to an interesting player. Wish he had of gotten that ring though.

  2. phillysports1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Can we PLEASE go back to the old uniforms ????? ( the one iverson is wearing in the picture above )

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      I like the ones they have now, but I’m a fan of simplicity, and the ones they have now are about as simple as they come.

    • somekat - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      If they are going back to “old” uniforms, they should go back to the ones with the stars up the side (Doc J style). Obviously not as tight as they wore them back then, but they are still the best looking sixers unis

      • blahblah1000 - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        We talking about Uniforms, you know the rest!

        Happy T-Day.

  3. godsmacked1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    They should retire it at practice.

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      practice, you talking about practice, practice not thegame but practice!

      • bjornreyes - Nov 28, 2013 at 1:48 AM

        I mean, how silly is that?

  4. jhuck92 - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Yeah, I liked the black and gold unis from the early 2000’s better than the blue and red ones they have now. But it’s about time he got this honor. He did so much for the team (except practice, obviously).

  5. antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I wish people would stop tacking on that “pound-for-pound” term when saying he’s one of the greatest. He is one of the greatest, period.

    • somekat - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      There should be nothing wrong with using it, “pound for pound”, he is the best ever, period, IMO. Any of the other “greatest” you would list always have a physical advantage against the guys he’s playing. Wilt and Russell were bigger than anyone on the court. Jordan was guarded by guys 5 inches to a foot smaller than him, etc etc.

      AI is the only one on that list that physically, was at a disadvantage against not only the best player, but most players on the court.

      If only he could of shaken off those leeches that followed him around his whole career. Not only would he of been a much better player, he wouldn’t be broke now

      • antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        I think Jordan was probably “pound-for-pound” the best ever.

        The only guys who ever approached or matched his production and efficiency were much bigger than him (Wilt and LeBron and centers like Kareem and Shaq).

        So MJ was a lot smaller than everyone else in history who put up those awe-inspiring efficiency numbers. Iverson was never close to being as lethally efficient as the likes of Jordan or LeBron, etc. The only player I can think of who was smaller than MJ but for at least one season was as lethally efficient as him was D.Wade in 2008-09.

        But that doesn’t mean AI isn’t one of the greatest players of all time. He absolutely is.

    • biasedhomer - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Usually its “He’s the greatest pound for pound”, not “He’s one of the greatest pound for pound”.

      • fanofevilempire - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        he is one of the greatest period

      • antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        That’s true. But I think it’s unfair to Iverson to keep throwing that in there. I know it’s meant as a compliment, but in some ways it’s the opposite – implying that you wouldn’t say “one of the greatest” without also including “pound-for-pound.”

  6. pharohislife - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Much deserved props to the 76ers organization for this one.

  7. eagles512 - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Hated the black uniforms. They’d be fine for an expansion team but not the sixers. They are red and blue.

  8. rextraordinaire - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    You talkin’ about halftime ceremony??

  9. ddpenny - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Sixers will retire his jersey on practice day.

  10. ryanrockzzz - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I am all for the Sixers retiring Iverson’s jersey. Good move. But why exactly the Sixers want to bring him back to yet ANOTHER ceremony is just a desperate move to sell tickets, or poor planning by the marketing team. They may just want to start booking Iverson for a “reunion appearnace” every few months. Obviously, he is the team’s most marketable piece. But I find it annoying how the new ownership group tries to prove their “connection” with the city by parading out the only faded star the team has had in recent memory like he’s some sort of sideshow.
    The team had Iverson come out on two separate occasions in the last two years to “pump up the crowd.” They showed us all highlight reel moments, and everyone gave him a huge ovation, and overall the whole thing felt pretty ceremonial. This year, they brought him back again, basically redoing the same concept. I felt good about it, despite my feeling that this organization just couldn’t break free from bringing Iverson back every 6-8 months.
    So now the team wants to retire his number. With a ceremony. Again. How about letting some time pass, and having this thing in a year or two when the Sixers are relevant again? Iverson is a rockstar, and was great one in this town in his prime. He can put on a show even in retirement by just showing up.The Sixers obviously know this, but I don’t think this is the right thing to do so soon. Even some of the most loyal KISS fans can’t handle the fifth reunion tour in the last six years.

  11. lemfaxx - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Cross over

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