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Published on March 02, 2024
Philadelphia 76ers to Honor Icon Allen Iverson with Statue on '76ers Legends Walk' in CamdenSource: Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Philadelphia 76ers are set to pay homage to one of their most iconic figures, Allen Iverson, by unveiling a statue in his honor on the '76ers Legends Walk' in April. As reported by FOX29, the Sixers' training facility in Camden will be the site where Iverson, the embodiment of grit and a fierce competitor, will be immortalized in bronze.

According to Liberty Ballers, Iverson will be the 10th player to be celebrated with a sculpture on Legends Walk. He joins the ranks of revered players like Charles Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain, and Julius Erving in receiving this honor. Iverson, known for his relentless drive on the court, managed to quickly amass a legacy that includes being second in total minutes played (29,879) and points (19,931), as well as leading in three-pointers made (885) for the franchise.

The tenacity of the 6-foot guard, often referred to as 'Bubba Chuck,' will be manifested outside the facility where he honed his craft. Iverson, whose accolades include being a four-time scoring champion and the NBA MVP in 2001, took the Sixers to the NBA Finals, a feat not duplicated by the team since. The PhillyVoice highlighted the Sixers' lack of success post-Iverson, noting the team hasn't made it out of the second round of the playoffs since that 2001 season.

The decision to erect Iverson's statue comes as no surprise to fans, as the player himself hinted at this development back in October. Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016 and named to the NBA's 75th Anniversary Team in 2021, it was only a matter of time before Iverson's storied career would be physically cemented into Sixers' lore. "It’s always nice to see Bubba Chuck get his due," reflected Liberty Ballers, surely echoing the sentiment of the Philadelphia faithful.

Iverson's jersey was retired by the Sixers in 2014, and the forthcoming statue is another testament to the enduring impact of his legacy on the franchise and the city of Philadelphia. The sculptural unveiling scheduled for April aims to permanently honor the man who might justly stand shorter in stature compared to some legends, but never in heart or contribution to the game of basketball.