Allen Iverson officially retired from the NBA in October 2013, but last night (March 1) was A.I.’s night in Philadelphia. The guaranteed future NBA Hall of Famer’s no. 3 was retired by the 76ers during a halftime celebration.
Reports the Associated Press:
Allen Iverson cupped his hand to his left ear and asked to hear his favorite tune one more time.
With that command, 20,000 roaring Philadelphia 76ers fans gave AI the standing ovation he earned by stamping himself as one of the franchise’s all-time greats.
Iverson, emotional as he thanked former teammates and friends, had his No. 3 retired at halftime of Saturday’s game against Washington.
High above the Wells Fargo Center court, Iverson’s banner slipped between Maurice Cheeks’ No. 10 and Charles Barkley’s No. 34.
“They all wanted me to talk about how much y’all loved me,” Iverson said, “but trust me, the feeling was mutual.”
The first person Allen Iverson thanked when he got on the microphone was Michael Jordan for “inspiring” him and giving him a “vision.”
Check out footage of the ceremony below.
Photo: CSN Screencap