Allen Iverson Calls Himself 'Basketball Genius,' Interested in Sixers Assistant GM Job

Allen Iverson Calls Himself 'Basketball Genius,' Interested in Sixers Assistant GM Job

The "Answer" also talks about being tired of defending himself against critics.

Published June 19, 2015

Larry Brown has been urging the Philadelphia 76ers to hire Allen Iverson as an assistant general manager. And A.I. thinks he would be the "Answer" for the job, too.

"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 Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday night, during the Sixers' unveiling ceremony for their new uniforms. "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.

"That would be one of the top honors for me," Iverson added about becoming the team's assistant GM. "That would be one of the biggest blessings."


Although A.I. has great interest in assuming a front-office position with the franchise for whom he once played, what he's not interested in any longer is defending himself. Iverson heard the recent report that he was drunk during his 2002 "practice" rant — an allegation he denied to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith earlier this month.

Simply said, Iverson is tired of defending himself.

"They don't even know about you, they don't even care about you, so what are you concerning yourself for?" he continued telling the Inquirer. "I am sick of defending myself and I am not going to keep on doing it."

"Me and my family are straight," added Iverson, who celebrated his 40th birthday last week. "I am blessed, I am alive, man, and I am healthy and that is the only thing that matters. Me and my family, everybody else, it really doesn't matter because why do you care about somebody talking negative about you if they don't know you?"

The 11-time All-Star played the first 10 of his 14 NBA seasons with the Sixers, memorably winning the league MVP and leading them to the Finals in 2001.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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