Allen Iverson and his bobblehead appear at Sixers game

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Posted: April 01, 2013

The man who may be the most popular 76er of the last 25 years made a special appearance at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.

There was an Allen Iverson bobblehead giveaway, and the beloved former guard showed up for his night.

Iverson appeared on the court for about 30 seconds between the player introductions and opening tipoff. And it was like old times. The crowd gave him a deafening standing ovation.

Dressed in a throwback red and gray Phillies jacket and cap, black sunglasses, and large gold chains, he waved to the crowd from center court. Iverson then cupped his hand behind his left ear before high-fiving with fans across from the Sixers bench. And then he signed a few autographs while exiting the court.

Judging by the noise level, Philadelphia still has unadulterated love for the former face of the Sixers.

It has been three years since Iverson played in the NBA. The Virginia native told Comcast SportsNet that he put his future in God's hands.

"He's done so much for me," said Iverson, who wasn't made available for any other interviews. "He's given me so much. The NBA has given me so much, obviously making me a household name. I've accomplished a lot in the NBA.

"And if the road ends here, then it does."

Iverson added that he's not bitter about the uncertainty.

"I've done so many things that people thought that I couldn't do," Iverson said. "And the NBA has been great to me. But at some point, it comes to an end regardless of however it comes."

Iverson, who has had personal struggles since last playing in the NBA, said he's happy with his life.

The 11-time all-star finalized a divorce from his wife since 2001, Tawanna Iverson, and has reportedly struggled with his finances.

The 37-year-old Iverson played with the Sixers from 1996 to 2006 and during the 2009-10 season. He also had stints with the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and Memphis Grizzlies during his NBA career. Iverson briefly played for Besiktas Milangaz of the Turkish Basketball League during the 2010-11 season.

But he will always be remembered as a Sixer.

Iverson said he expects to make the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

"I think that would be the best as far as putting the exclamation point on my career," he said.


Contact Keith Pompey at kpompey@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @pompeysgridlock.

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