Allen Iverson spoke publicly for the first time since Larry Brown started pushing for him to be assistant (to the?) general manager with the Sixers. Iverson, who a few months ago said he wanted to work in the front office, had a chance to talk to select media members at the Sixers uniform unveiling last night and humbly admitted that he’s a “basketball genius.”
The Sixers’ analytics-heavy front office isn’t exactly Larry Brown’s jam, but is Iverson into all of that? You can probably guess the answer:
“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. 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 literal eye test. Should jive well with Hinkie’s spreadsheets.
And when asked about college basketball, AI gave the same answer I gave Kyle when I was asked in the interview for this job about sports talk radio: “I don’t watch college basketball, but if I had that position, then obviously I would.” [Editor’s note: Jim still doesn’t listen to sports talk radio.] Did Larry Brown write these answers for him? Iverson’s gut for assistant GM, 2016. Or not. Probably not.