May 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia 76ers former guard Allen Iverson before the start of game six against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers wearing Allen Iverson patch for retirement ceremony (Photo)

The Philadelphia 76ers will retire the jersey of Allen Iverson on Saturday night – a night where members of the current team will wear a #3 shooting shirt during pre-game festivities and will wear a patch honoring the Sixers legend during the game.

The 76ers posted a picture of the patch on their Instagram account.

There’s no doubt that Iverson has had a wild career off the court since his post-Philadelphia days, but to their credit, the Sixers have never stopped supporting their former franchise player.

Iverson spent parts of 12 seasons with the Sixers after being drafted first overall by the Sixers in 1996 out of Georgetown.

There were constant battled with then head coach Larry Brown and Iverson refused to become the cookie cutter talent so many other top NBA players were molded into, a stance which seemingly only increased his popularity which included nine All-Star appearances.

A.I. lead the Sixers to the NBA Finals during the 2000-2001 season, averaging 24 points during his career with the 76ers.

A very well deserved honor for one of the games special talents.

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