PHILADELPHIA, Pa., (CBS) — The Philadelphia 76ers announced Friday 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.
Known as “The Answer,” Iverson led the Sixers to their first Finals appearance since 1983.
“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 in a 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.”
The Sixers drafted Iverson, who officially retired from the NBA in a press conference held on October 30th, 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.
Iverson also ranks among the top players in Sixers history in field goals made (3rd, 6,962), field goals attempted (2nd, 16,543), free throws made (2nd, 5,122), free throws attempted (2nd, 6,576), assists, (3rd, 4,385), steals (2nd, 1,644) and points (2nd, 19,931).
Iverson will join Julius Erving (6), Maurice Cheeks (10), Wilt Chamberlain (13), Hal Greer (15), Bobby Jones (24), Billy Cunningham (32) and Charles Barkley (34) as players with their numbers retired, along with legendary public address announcer Dave Zinkoff (microphone).