Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, over 20,000 fans were in attendance for the official retirement ceremony for Iverson’s Number 3 jersey.
The Sixers may as well have turned the arena into an AI museum. Four banners greeted fans at the main concourse entrance, and photos of him were plastered all around the arena.
The Sixers wore special “Iverson Forever” patches on their jerseys and Iverson’s 3 on their pregame warmup shirts.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver was at the game as well.
“Allen was a special player,” Silver said before the game. “The great things he did for the league far outweigh the occasional headache. I always thought even at the time of Allen Iverson’s prominence in the league, he was representative of his generation.”
The Ceremony was touching for the fans, the team and Allen as well. ABC reports:
The fans loved him, and he blew them kisses after the No. 3 was raised to show how much he loved them back.
“I am Philly,” Iverson said. “It’s always going to be that way.”
The Sixers’ retirement gift was a boat named in honor of his nickname, “The Answer.”
“It feels good,” Iverson said after the ceremony, “but some part of my heart hurts because I know it’s over.”
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