Allen Iverson once said he’d never want to coach, and whether or not he was just setting up a punch line – “We’d never practice” – he wants to work again in the NBA in another capacity.
Appearing on the CSN Philly telecast of last night’s 76ers-Pistons game, Iverson was asked about joining the team’s front office.
I would like to be even in that war room. Even if they don’t go with my decision or whatever, just to have an opinion and putting out what I think and trusting the organization to do what’s right.
What does he look for in a player that others might miss?
Their fight. Their fight. The fight in a guy. I’m the biggest Westbrook fan I think there is. You know what I mean? Because he reminds me so much of myself as far as his heart and laying it on the line night in and night out. This is a guy who’s going to bring it every single night.
Can you imagine Iverson working with Sam Hinkie?
Iverson played with tremendous heart, and that propelled him to NBA stardom. But I’m not sure that translates to a quality talent evaluator. Iverson is obviously not the only one to identify Russell Westbrook as a star.
Despite being undersized, Iverson willed himself to success. His inner drive was historically strong – but emphasis on inner. Just because Iverson possessed that trait doesn’t mean he can see it in others before it manifests during an NBA career.