Philadelphia 76ers officially announce they will retire former Bethel star Allen Iverson's No.3 jersey on March 1, 2014 against the Wizards.— JohnHarvey (@VAGazetteSports) November 27, 2013
Iverson played in the Association for 14 seasons. He spent 10 full seasons and parts of two others with the Sixers. He will be the eighth player in Sixers history to have his jersey hung from the rafters.
Per USA Today's Adi Joseph, Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil said,
Allen Iverson is, without question, one of the most iconic players to ever wear the Sixers uniform. 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.
Prior to the Sixers' 2013-14 season opener against the Miami Heat, Iverson announced his official retirement from the NBA after not having played since 2009-10.
"The passion is still there, but the desire to play is not," Iverson said at the time, via Fox 29 in Philly.
Nicknamed "The Answer," Iverson was selected with the first overall pick in 1996.
Back in October, according to the New York Times' Harvey Araton, LeBron James called Iverson "pound for pound the greatest player ever":
Here in Miami, LeBron just called Allen Iverson "pound for pound the greatest player ever"— Harvey Araton (@HarveyAraton) October 28, 2013
Currently, Iverson is one of only 38 players to total at least 20,000 points for his career. He won four scoring titles as well, joining Michael Jordan, George Gervin and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in league history to secure that many crowns.
Is Allen Iverson a future first-ballot Hall of Famer?
As it stands, Jerry West, Jordan and Iverson are also the only players ever to average more than 25 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals per game for their career. Once he's eligible for induction, he's a surefire Hall of Famer.
"I will always be a Sixer til I die," Iverson said, via Fox 29.
Now, with his jersey billowing in the rafters, he'll remain a Sixer forever.
*All stats were compiled from Basketball-Reference and accurate as of Nov. 27, 2013.