We’re talking about Allen Iverson watching practice? I mean, listen, we’re talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, we talking about practice.
Although that’s what assistant GMs often do — watch their team practice, watch a college team practice, watch an obscure European team practice. The job isn’t quite as glamorous as some fans believe.
Former Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown has been lobbying Sixers GM Sam Hinkie to hire Iverson as an assistant GM, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Iverson thinks that’s an excellent idea, saying he brings a particular skill set to the table.
“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 said he couldn’t help with this year’s draft as he hasn’t watched any college basketball — but he would in the future if hired. He also said it was up to the organization.
“Don’t put any pressure on the franchise to make a move or anything like that,” he said. “If it happens, that is what God wants. If it doesn’t, I am still going to be here right with them, riding with them.”
Iverson turned 40 recently and has struggled with life after basketball. And at times during basketball.
I could see the organization hiring Iverson in sort of an ambassador role, but not as a guy who is part of the decision-making process. Regardless of what you think of Hinkie’s rebuilding plans for the organization, injecting Iverson into a role in the front office seems flawed.