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 lift Allen Iverson’s jersey into the rafters (Photo)

Saturday night is a special night in the City of Brotherly Love as the Philadelphia 76ers are honoring one of the greatest to ever grace their uniform, former All-Star point guard, Allen Iverson.

Tonight, the team took Iverson’s famous #3 jersey and ceremoniously lifted it into the rafters, where it will remain forever.

No matter what your opinions are of Iverson off the court, on the court he was one of the most successful point guards that this game has ever seen, by far. His amazing ball skills and affinity for shooting helped the 76ers see the playoffs multiple times, including one trip to the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers in which they shocked Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and company in Game 1.

From now until the end of time, everyone who comes through Philadelphia and takes in a 76ers game will be reminded that Iverson was undoubtedly one of the greatest sports stars the city has ever seen.

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