Appearing in the broadcast booth with Marc Zumoff and Malik Allen on Wednesday night, Iverson revealed that he would like to join the Sixers front office. “I have a relationship with these fans like no other. And with this city and with this organization,” Iverson explained of his ties to Philadelphia. “Anything I can do to help, I’m here.” The conversation then turned to Iverson’s post-retirement plans, and if he would like to remain around the game, potentially in a front office capacity. “I would like to be even in that war room,” Iverson replied. “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.”
February 11, 2016 | 9:48 am EST Update
Even as an unassuming rookie, DeRozan was eager to take on as large of a profile with the team as possible. When Bosh was set to leave Toronto for Miami in the summer of 2010, DeRozan tweeted, “Don’t worry, I got us.” DeRozan doesn’t remember posting the tweet in question, but he sees it in his replies constantly. He recognizes his confidence in it, too. “It’s crazy when I see that. I know that when I wrote it, I meant it. I meant it,” DeRozan said. “Now was the opportunity for me, whatever it was – I didn’t know what it was – but I just felt like it was my opportunity to take whatever it was and run with it. I didn’t know exactly what it is. I’m always one of them optimistic dudes and believe in working hard. Once you sacrifice and put so much time into something, something is going to come back around for you. (I’m sure) that was real when I tweeted that. That’s really how I felt.”
Hughes recalled DeRozan wondering why Dwyane Wade would get calls that he would not, and the coaching staff pointed out that he was so slight that he was avoiding contact. Add that to the Raptors’ patented sub-mediocrity, and DeRozan would not get the benefit of the doubt from referees.
“DeMar works harder than anyone on the team, and that’s with all respect to Kyle,” said Gale, who now serves as an assistant with Raptors 905, the team’s D-League affiliate. “Kyle works really hard as well. DeMar, he’s a gym rat. “It’s rubbed off on Kyle. I didn’t know Kyle before (he was traded) here. But DeMar had his routine of coming in the night before games. Kyle started doing that last year as well. (DeRozan is) just a basketball junkie. It definitely makes the basketball atmosphere or winning culture more of a possible thing.”
Bill MacDonald is in his fifth season as the Lakers television play-by-play announcer on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, though he’s covered Kobe since the very beginning. Calling Kobe’s historic 81-point game will always top the list, but so will that night he raced Bryant home on the 405 freeway. “Since Kobe and I live near each other, he would say to me, after the games ‘Wanna race home?’ But, we never left at the same time, until this one day. I’m driving down the 405 and I see Kobe’s car in front of me. It was stopped and I happened to blow right past him with my fucking hand and my middle finger out the window like ‘Fuck you!’ and I’m screaming at him and what does he do? We proceed to play cat and mouse for the next 25 minutes all the way down the San Diego freeways, breaking all kind of rules.