The Philadelphia 76ers Retired Allen Iverson’s No. 3 on Saturday (Video)

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You’d be hard-pressed to find sports fans who love an athlete more than 76ers fans love Allen Iverson. The guy was never able to win Philly a championship, and he was not always beloved by members of the press, but Sixers fans worshiped the court he won scoring titles on. And for that reason, it was always a foregone conclusion that Iverson would one day have his number hanging in the rafters at the Wells Fargo Center.

On Saturday, the team made it official. In front of 20,000 rabid fans—some of whom apparently paid upwards $1200 on StubHub for seats in the lower bowl—the Sixers honored the 11x All-Star, 4x NBA scoring champ, and 2x NBA MVP by retiring his the No. 3 forever.

Here’s a nice edit of the ceremony that makes it look totally clean and polished, courtesy of the NBA:

And here’s a video that doesn’t edit out the very lame decision to play Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best”:

Is it just me, or did Iverson look an awful lot like Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C.?

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