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NBA Stars React to Philadelphia 76ers Retiring Allen Iverson's No. 3

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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2014

Allen Iverson still means something to today's NBA players.

The Philadelphia 76ers retired Iverson's No. 3 jersey Saturday night against the Washington Wizards, drawing responses from plenty of current players who are still enraptured by the 6'0" sensation (h/t Beyond the Buzzer). 

Among them was LeBron James, who used Instagram to show how much of an inspiration Iverson was to him:

In the caption of that photo, James revealed that Iverson is the reason he has tattoos and wears a sleeve and headband. So, you know, wow.

Infrequent Instagram-er and former teammate Carmelo Anthony waxed nostalgia and brotherly ties about the diminutive guard as well:

Kobe Bryant couldn't pass up the opportunity to provide us with a snapshot of the Black Mamba-The Answer embrace, either:

Fellow No. 3 representative Dwyane Wade joined in on the tribute-dropping, too:

George Hill of the Indiana Pacers, another player who dons No. 3, called AI one of his "all-time favorite players:"

Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler helped give Iverson's jersey a proper sendoff, calling him one of the "realest" to ever play the game:

Iverson also gave J.R. Smith reason to Instagram something not pertaining to betrayal. Swish, who is also a former teammate of his, captioned the below photo with "Love this guy:"

Washington's John Wall even nabbed a picture of himself standing in front of Iverson's iconic No. 3, calling The Third Degree one of his role models:

Newly acquired Pacer Evan Turner joined the festivities as well, reinforcing the notion that Iverson is "Pound for pound one of the greatest of all time" in the below picture:

Leandro Barbosa paid his respects to Bubba Chuck with a throwback picture of him contesting one of Iverson's many shot attempts:

Andre Iguodala took us way, way (way) back, with a photo of Iverson clothed in a Georgetown Hoyas uniform:

Being the innovator that he is, Jamal Crawford managed to get in on the fun using Twitter instead of Instagram:

Baron Davis put forth more tales of real in honor of AI's honesty:

While technically not an NBA star, new commissioner Adam Silver dropped a bomb of his own, via NBA TV:

Former coach Larry Brown also put his two cents in, talking about his purpose in life, as opposed to talking about practice (see what I did there?):

All in all, it was a successful Saturday night in the NBA, if only because we were reminded how special a player Iverson was and how significant an influence he continues to be.

Happy trails, AI.

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