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76ers statue for Allen Iverson provokes jokes, outrage due to misunderstanding: ‘That was disrespectful’

NBA legend Allen Iverson has a great legacy. On Friday, the Philadelphia 76ers unveiled a statue in his honor, which was widely criticized for being too small.

After photos and videos of Iverson posing with the sculpture hit social media, Iverson became the No. 1 trending topic on X, formerly Twitter. Based on more than 15,000 posts on the platform commenting on the magnitude of the new artwork, many users didn’t realize that Iverson was being memorialized in standard format for the 76ers.

Iverson is the 10th 76ers to have a statue placed on Legends Walk, located in front of the team’s training complex in Camden. On Friday, he joined Charles Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks, Moses Malone, Billy Cunningham, Hal Greer, Bobby Jones and Dolph Schayes as honorees. All images for the above players are approximately the same size as Iverson’s:

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As noted by ESPN reporter Dave McMenaminIt makes sense that the size had the potential to ‘be shocking to some people’, but it is normal for the collection of sculptures.

That said, the announcement of Iverson’s new statue came last month, on the 10th anniversary of Iverson’s No. 3 being retired by the franchise. That timing brought back memories of Iverson’s accomplishments, which included winning the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1997 and an MVP award in ’01. .

The seven-time All-Star achieved his feats while standing at 6-foot-4 and often being one of the smallest players on the field.

Considering his prolific scoring and size, Friday’s statue unveiling did not sit well with some media personalities and former NBA players:

Other responses, ranging from athletes and journalists to rappers, chose to go the comedic route:

It should be noted that the 76ers’ statement announcing the statue referred to Iverson as “One of the greatest 76ers ever and one of the most iconic players in NBA history.”

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That statue was created by sculptor Chad Fisher, a Philadelphia native, who created the nine other sculptures on Legends Walk, along with several sculptures for the Chicago Bears.

Iverson will also be honored on Sunday prior to the 76ers’ game against the Brooklyn Nets.

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