Iver­son thinks a job in 76ers’ front of­fice would be nice

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY MATT BONESTEEL matt.bonesteel@wash­post.com

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

MATT SLOCUM/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For­mer 76ers guard Allen Iver­son, shown at his re­tire­ment cer­e­mony in 2014, calls him­self a “bas­ket­ball ge­nius.”

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