Iverson thinks a job in 76ers’ front office would be nice
Earlier this week, SMU Coach Larry Brown told the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mike Sielski that for months he has been lobbying the Philadelphia 76ers to hire former player Allen Iverson as an assistant general manager.
“I just wish there was some way that he could be involved,” Brown said. “Just teach him about the organization and let him figure it out, figure out how he can help. He can certainly judge talent. He certainly has people’s respect. Kids will listen to anything he said. He’s certainly bright as hell.”
Iverson, naturally, thinks this is a grand idea because he’s a “basketball genius.”
“I may not know everything about physical talent or anything like that, but I have a sharp mind when it comes to that look, being able to look into somebody’s eyes to tell if they are going to be in the foxhole with you tonight or if they are not,” Iverson said Thursday night. “To me, I am a basketball genius, and I really believe that, so at any capacity I could help this franchise, that is what I am going to do, whatever they ask me to do.”
Iverson spoke after the Sixers unveiled their new uniforms during a ceremony at Wells Fargo Center that included Billy Cunningham, Moses Malone and Bobby Jones. He was asked how he would feel working as an executive for his former team.
“That would be one of the top honors for me,” Iverson said. “That would be one of the biggest blessings.”
Iverson made his bold statement to the Inquirer’s Marc Narducci on Thursday night, when the Sixers unveiled their new uniforms. Whether it’s true or not probably depends on how you view a guy who pretty much gave away around $16 million for being a terrible husband. I mean, it’s not like the Sixers’ current brain trust is doing all that well.
Excerpted from washingtonpost.com/earlylead
Former 76ers guard Allen Iverson, shown at his retirement ceremony in 2014, calls himself a “basketball genius.”