Allen Iverson’s Jersey Retired in Philadelphia
Allen Iverson was honored tonight during halftime of the Wizards and 76ers’ game as Philadelphia retired his iconic number “3” jersey.
Iverson thanked a long list of teammates, family members, media personnel and others during his speech. However, the first person he thanked was Michael Jordan, who Iverson admitted drove his original passion for basketball.
“I was one of those kids that wanted to be like Mike,” Iverson said.
Iverson’s career overlapped slightly with Jordan’s, and Iverson was able to show His Royal Airness his signature crossover and drain a jumper in one of his more iconic moments.
In his 10 seasons with the 76ers, Iverson was one of the NBA’s top players. He was an 11-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion, the Rookie of the Year, twice was named the All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player and was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2001.
As Iverson walked out onto the court for the presentation, the 76er fans rained “MVP” chants on Iverson. New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and some in the 76ers’ organization were all welcomed with loud boos as they took the microphone to congratulate Iverson on this achievement. Once they finished giving their speeches, Iverson took the podium and was given a standing ovation.
During his time in Philadelphia, Iverson became the franchise’s all-time leader in made 3-pointers. He was second in scoring, minutes and steals, and he was third in assists.
Iverson’s name and number will be remembered with the all-time great 76ers along with Julius Irving, Charles Barkley, Moses Malone, Mo Cheeks and Bobby Jones, and that seemed to be of utmost importance to Iverson during his speech.
“Show me the fool who said dreams don’t come true because they do,” Iverson said after mentioning that he would now be joining the list of 76ers greats.
Those in the 76ers’ organization also gave Iverson a fishing boat rightfully named “The Answer.”
Iverson unsurprisingly concluded the ceremony like only he could by telling everyone that “it’s time to party,” as he walked off the podium.
Sports-Kings Pass the Pill Contributor Mark Pace @THEMarkPace