LeBron James pays tribute to 'friend' Iverson

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NBA and Miami Heat superstar LeBron James has taken to social media to pay tribute to Allen Iverson. 

38-year-old Iverson, who officially retired from the sport in October, was honoured on Saturday night by having his iconic number three jersey retired in front of a packed crowd during the Philadelphia 76ers' 122-103 home defeat to the Washington Wizards.

The former MVP and 11-time All-Star - known widely as AI or 'The Answer' - is arguably one of the greatest players the league has ever seen.

While the undisputed king of the crossover never managed to win a championship during a career in which he spent two spells with the 76ers either side of stints with the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies, he wowed spectators with a dazzling array of ball-handling skills and was an important figure in the cultural shift that occurred during the early stages of the new millennium.

Given his importance to the NBA and the sport itself, many of basketball's biggest names have been quick to lavish kind words upon Iverson - none more so than the current reigning MVP James.

"Pound for pound!! Congrats homie. What a pleasure to complete against u and also become a friend in the process. U the reason why I got tattoos, wore a headband and arm sleeve. Thanks for everything!! #AITheGoat #BubbaChuck #HOFNext," he wrote on his Instagram account on Sunday.

Iverson, who was also a four-time scoring champion, averaged 26.7 ppg and 6.2 apg during a 914-game career in the NBA.

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