76ers retire Allen Iverson’s No. 3

The Philadelphia 76ers retired Allen Iverson’s No. 3  at halftime of Saturday’s game against the Washington Wizards.

Iverson’s banner was raised between Maurice Cheeks’ No. 10 and Charles Barkley’s No. 34 at the Wells Fargo Center.

“They all wanted me to talk about how much y’all loved me,” Iverson said, “but trust me, the feeling was mutual.”

Iverson officially retired from the NBA in October after last playing in 2010. He won four scoring titles for the 76ers and was the 2001 MVP when he led them to the NBA Finals.

“I am Philly,” Iverson said. “It’s always going to be that way.”

The Sixers wore special “Iverson Forever” patches on their jerseys and Iverson’s 3 on their pregame warmup shirts.

The Sixers’ retirement gift to Iverson was a boat named in honor of his nickname, “The Answer.”

Iverson joined Cheeks, Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving among the eight retired numbers in franchise history.

Former coach Larry Brown, who both clashed with and loved Iverson over their tenure, sent a videotaped message.

Iverson was the Sixers’ No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft and spent his first 10 seasons in Philadelphia. He also played for Denver, Detroit, and Memphis before returning to Philadelphia in 2009-10.

In his fifth NBA season, Iverson averaged 31.1 points, was the MVP of the All-Star game and took the franchise all the way to the finals.

Iverson is 21st on the NBA’s career scoring list with 24,368 points over 914 career games. He scored 30-plus points 345 times and was an 11-time All-Star.

Allen Iverson

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