Allen Iverson wants to bring 'basketball genius' to 76ers

Matt Slocum

Former 76ers great Allen Iverson wants to bring his basketball smarts to the Philly front office.

Allen Iverson wants to bring his “basketball genius” to the 76ers in an executive role.

The 11-time NBA All-Star made his pitch Thursday night after his former team unveiled their new uniforms at a star-studded ceremony at the Wells Fargo Center, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“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 told the Philly newspaper.

“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 Inquirer reported earlier in the week that Iverson is getting an assist from his former coach Larry Brown. Brown, who coached Iverson when the Sixers went to the NBA Finals in 2001, apparently is lobbying the struggling franchise to add The Answer as an assistant general manager.

The 76ers could use all the help they can get. The franchise has won fewer than 20 games each of the last two seasons and hasn’t had a winning record in a non-lockout shortened season in a decade.

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Allen Iverson’s No. 3 was retired by the 76ers on March 1, 2014.

Philadelphia, which had the third-worst record in the NBA last season, picks at No. 3 in next week’s NBA draft.

If there is one hole to Iverson’s “basketball genius” it is evaluating the next generation as he admitted to the newspaper: “I don’t watch college basketball.”

Iverson’s desire to return to the Sixers comes as a new book about the controversial point guard hits the shelves. “Not A Game – The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson” by Washington Post sports writer Kent Babb was released earlier this month.

Iverson, 40, spent 12 seasons in Philadelphia. He holds the franchise record for three-pointers made (885) and ranks in the top five in minutes played, field goals, assists and steals.

The Sixers retired Iverson’s No. 3 last March.

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