Allen Iverson: ‘I Could Help This Franchise, I’m a Basketball Genius’
Could you picture Sam Hinkie and Allen Iverson somewhere together scouting talent?
That's the picture Allen Iverson is trying to paint.
Iverson was one of multiple legends on hand this week at the unveiling of the Sixers new uniforms. The franchise is going back in time of some sorts with the inspiration being the years of Wilt Chamberlain and Billy Cunningham.
Iverson told the assembled media that although he doesnt watch much college basketball, he still feels that he has the acumen to tell whether or not a player has the heart and desire for the next level:
"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."
The Sixers franchise has been increasingly trying to involve Iverson with team events and various games throughout the year after the team retired his jersey No. 3 at a ceremony in 2014.
Earlier in the week, former Sixers coach and current SMU basketball coach Larry Brown, told Mike Sielski that he'd like to see Iverson involved with the front office somehow.
"I just wish there was some way that he could be involved, just teach him about the organization and let him figure it out, figure out how he can help. He can certainly judge talent," Brown told Sielski.
Still, at this time the Sixers have shown no desire to hire Iverson in a front office capacity, would rather just maintain a symbolic type relationship.