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March 3, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
For one night, the spirit that used to accompany more-successful teams was pervasive through the sold-out crowd of 20,856 at the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers fans came to honor Allen Iverson, who had his No. 3 jersey lifted to the rafters. Even though the 38-year-old Iverson is four years past his last NBA game, he can still draw and inspire a crowd. Another Sixers loss was by far the secondary story, this time a 122-103 defeat to the Washington Wizards. It was the 13th consecutive defeat.
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March 3, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
THOUGH HIS stature was minute compared to the men he played against, everything else about Allen Iverson was off-the-charts huge. The numbers posted by the generously listed 6-footer speak for themselves, with a 26.7 career scoring average (seventh all time) on 24,368 points (21st in NBA history). He captured the league MVP Award in 2001, the same year he carried the 76ers to the NBA Finals, was named an All-Star 11 times, led the league in scoring four times, in minutes played twice, free throws made twice and steals twice.
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March 3, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
He wore black from top to toe. Black fedora. Black jacket. Black jeans. Black shoes. He even wore black-rimmed glasses, the sort of concession to age that he was never willing to make as a player. You had to look at him. It was stark. It was arresting. It was Allen Iverson. It was perfect. He came back to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night for a ceremony to retire his Sixers uniform No. 3, for a night thick with nostalgia, much of it genuine, much of it carefully crafted and cherry-picked.
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March 2, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers interrupt this drab season to introduce a high level of excitement with the retirement of Allen Iverson's jersey during halftime of the game against the Washington Wizards at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Entering Friday, the Sixers were 29th out of 30 NBA teams in attendance, averaging 13,456. Iverson is once again bringing out the fans. The Sixers said that only a limited number of tickets were available. For a Sixers team that is 15-43 and has lost 12 in a row, an event with such a big-game feel will be a welcome diversion.
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February 19, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
NEWS ITEM: Former 76ers coach Larry Brown said Sunday that he was "sick" that he wouldn't be able to attend Allen Iverson's jersey-retirement ceremony on March 1. "I know a lot of people think we banged heads and stuff like that," Brown said, "but I know God put me here to coach him. "   Are you there, Larry? It's Me, God. First things first: I'm sorry that you and your Southern Methodist team lost to Temple on Sunday. Tough one. I actually watched the game from beginning to end. That's one of the perks of being all-powerful and all-knowing.
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February 18, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
THE LARRY Brown Salvation Tour stopped in Philadelphia yesterday. There, Brown's newest mission, Southern Methodist University, was upset by a woeful Temple team. Brown, flanked by trusted disciples, was received in the respectful fashion appropriate to a Hall of Fame coach; he was, as ever, eloquent and comfortable as the center of attention. And, of course, after the game he issued his Sermon of the Day. The topic: The Answer. Brown finished his postgame news conference with an unsolicited endorsement of Allen Iverson's number retirement by the Sixers.
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February 7, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
HE WOULD GIVE them instant credibility. That was the thought of SMU athletic director Steve Orsini when he decided 2 years ago to hire then-71-year-old Larry Brown over younger, hungrier coaches. Larry Brown is in the Hall of Fame. Larry Brown has coached in the ABA, NBA and NCAA, winning championships in each, and is the only American man to ever have coached and played in the Olympics. Larry Brown was the name coach who could walk into a name recruit's house and, well, game over.
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November 4, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
DALLAS - Two weeks ago, Larry Brown told his Southern Methodist players they'd have a guest addressing them in the locker room before practice. "One of my kids, Keith Frazier, the McDonald's all-American, he broke down when I told him Allen was coming," Brown said. Brown already knew that Allen Iverson hadn't lost his appeal with young players. "The two years after I got fired from Charlotte . . . everywhere I went [going to college practices], I would talk to the team, and after I was getting ready to leave, every kid would come up and ask about Allen.
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November 1, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
ALLEN IVERSON sat on the court where he made so many of his life memories and talked of his retirement from the NBA with the same emotion with which he played basketball. Holding back tears for most of the hourlong news conference, Iverson opened up about everything, from the fans to his off-court behavior to his undeniable loyalty to those who helped him along the way, in and out of basketball. Dressed in a leather jacket with a huge gold cross and a hat turned backwards, Iverson was surrounded by his manager, Gary Moore, and three of his five children.
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November 1, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Allen Iverson, who last played in the NBA in 2010, formally announced his retirement, and like his career, it was done with flair. Speaking at an afternoon news conference at the Wells Fargo Center, Iverson was emotional, talking about his career and those close to him. Iverson was candid in his comments and unwavering in his belief in himself and what he stood for. When asked if there was anything he would change during a stormy career, he...
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