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Allen Iverson to get Philadelphia 76ers jersey retired

Iverson will get his number 3 jersey retired (©GettyImages)
Iverson will get his number 3 jersey retired (©GettyImages).

Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson will have his famous "number three" jersey retired at a ceremony next year.

The Sixers will officially honour Iverson in a special half-time show mid-way through their game against the Washington Wizards on March 1, 2014.

Iverson became an NBA legend in Philadelphia after the Sixers drafted him with the number one overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft.

Despite his diminutive size, Iverson stood 6ft 0in, he was one of the most prolific scorers in the league, and led the 76ers to the NBA finals in 2001 - their first appearance in the showpiece since 1983.

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

"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."

The 2001 MVP also spent time playing for the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and the Memphis Grizzlies - but he will always be associated with the City of Brotherly Love.

His scoring average of 27.6-points-per-game ties Wilt Chamberlain's franchise record, and he graces a number of Sixers all-time top 10s in categories as diverse as minutes played, steals, field goals made and assists.

He joins an illustrate club in Philly - the only other Sixers to get jerseys retired are Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks, Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Bobby Jones, Billy Cunningham and Charles Barkley.

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