After the game, which the 76ers won by a score of 106-102, Wade took to Instagram to thank Iverson for the tribute, saying that the Georgetown University product is one of his favorite players and one of the reasons his jersey number is 3.
Throughout their careers, Iverson and Wade played each other a total of 16 times, with all of the games coming in the regular season. The head-to-head record finished tied at eight wins apiece.
In those 16 games, Wade averaged 26.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Iverson averaged 27.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.4 steals per game.
Although they were fierce competitors on the court, the two did play together a few times in their careers, most notably on the 2004 United States men’s national basketball team. That Olympic team was the one that won a bronze medal after losing to Argentina in the semifinals.
During the 2004 Olympics, Iverson was the United States’ leading scorer at 13.8 points per game. Wade was also a solid contributor to the team, averaging 7.3 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game (first on the team).
It’s good to see that as Wade’s career winds down, other legends of the game like Iverson are able to acknowledge his greatness and show him the respect he truly deserves.