Sixers to retire Allen Iverson's No. 3 in March

Sixers to retire Allen Iverson's No. 3 in March
November 27, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Allen Iverson will become the eighth Sixer to have his number retired. (AP)

Beginning March 1, 2014, no Sixer will ever again wear No. 3.

The team announced Wednesday that it will retire Allen Iverson's number during a halftime ceremony when the Sixers host the Wizards on the first day of March.

Iverson will become the eighth Sixer to have his number retired, joining Julius Erving (6), Maurice Cheeks (10), Wilt Chamberlain (13), Hal Greer (15), Bobby Jones (24), Billy Cunningham (32) and Charles Barkley (34).

“Allen Iverson is, without question, one of the most iconic players to ever wear the Sixers uniform,” Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil said 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.”

Iverson averaged 27.6 points in 12 seasons with the Sixers and ranks in the top three in team history in field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, steals and points.

He earned MVP honors in 2001, when he led the Sixers to the NBA Finals, where they lost in five games to the Lakers. Iverson was also an 11-time All-Star, two-time All-Star Game MVP, four-time scoring champion and 1997 Rookie of the Year.