The Philadelphia 76ers have an answer for those asking what to do on the night of March 1, 2014. Allen Iverson's No. 3 will be formally retired when the 76ers host the Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) November 27, 2013
The No. 1 overall selection in the 1996 NBA Draft, the diminutive Iverson joined the Sixers out of Georgetown and promptly took the league by storm. Whether it was his scoring, his style or his practice habits, everything Iverson did seemed to put him in the spotlight during 10 tumultuous and thrilling seasons in Philadelphia before being traded to Denver during the 2006-2007 campaign.
“Allen Iverson is, without question, one of the most iconic players to ever wear the Sixers uniform,” 76ers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil said in the team's announcement of the upcoming honor. “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.”
For those who need to be reminded why Iverson was one of the game's greats, here are a few minutes worth of highlights from his salad days in Philly.