This week, Philadelphia 76ers icon Allen Iverson hinted at an upcoming honor that would further cement his place as one of the franchise’s all-time greats. The basketball legend shared a video on his Instagram said he would get a statue on the Sixers’ Legends Walk, in front of her practice facility in Camden, New Jersey.
Featuring statues of some of the franchise’s legendary players, The camera panned over the lifelike portrayals of such greats as Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham, Wilt Chamberlain, Maurice Cheeks, Bobby Jones, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley and Dolph Schayes. Iverson expressed his deep sense of gratitude and humility.
“It is an honor to soon be immortalized among the Sixers’ greats!” he declared, clearly moved by the prospect of being forever linked to the illustrious lineage of Philadelphia basketball legends.
Iverson’s journey with the Sixers was nothing short of legendary. When he burst onto the scene in 1996, he took the league by storm and was named rookie of the year in his first seasonveraging 23.5 points per game, 7.5 assists per game and 2.1 steals per game.
From there he continued to shine, claiming four goalscoring titles during his time with the team. The highlight of Iverson’s career came in 2001, when he was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player and led the Sixers to the NBA Finals. During his twelve seasons with the Sixers, Iverson averaged 27.6 points per game and was named to seven All-NBA teams, leaving an indelible mark on the franchise’s history.
In recognition of his exceptional contributions, the Sixers retired Iverson’s jersey during the 2014 season. The act was a symbolic gesture, confirming that the number 3 jersey would forever belong to “The Answer” – a player whose style, flair and fearlessness on the pitch endeared him to fans around the world.
Beyond the confines of the Wells Fargo Center, Iverson’s influence stretched far and wide. His unique blend of talent and swagger transcended sports and made him a cultural icon and a symbol of resilience for countless people.
In 2016, Iverson received one of basketball’s highest honors: induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. This prestigious recognition underscores his impact on the game and cements his status as a true basketball immortal.
Iverson was inducted into the inaugural class of the GQ Sports Hall of Fame in January.
With the unveiling of his statue at the Sixers’ Legends Walk, Iverson joins the ranks of esteemed figures who have left an indelible mark on the Philadelphia 76ers franchise. This award is not only a tribute to his brilliance on the field, but also a testament to the lasting legacy of a player whose influence continues to resonate with fans and aspiring athletes alike.
As the statue takes its rightful place alongside those of other Sixers legends, it will serve as a reminder of Iverson’s profound impact on the game of basketball and his enduring place in the hearts of Philadelphia fans for generations to come.
Even today its impact can still be felt; 13 years after he last played an NBA game, there are even rumors that the jerseys the Sixers wore during Iverson’s tenure could be making a comeback. Many Sixers fans have been hoping for a revival of the iconic black and gold jerseys. According to people within the organization, there are influential figures who are actively pushing for the return of these coveted Iverson jerseys.