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 7, 2016 | 3:31 pm EST Update
The Los Angeles Clippers have informed teams they’re not interested in trading Blake Griffin despite the superstar forward’s fight with an equipment manager that has him out as long as two months, league sources told CBS Sports on Friday.
Yet despite the Clippers’ steadfast support of Griffin in the aftermath of an embarrassing incident that could imperil their title chances, there’s a growing feeling among rival executives that the team’s posture could change dramatically if the Clippers endure another disappointing postseason outcome this spring. Since they paired Chris Paul with Griffin in 2011 and lured Doc Rivers from Boston in 2013, the Clippers have yet to advance past the second round of the playoffs. Owner Steve Ballmer has gone deep into the luxury tax again this season, and there’s a belief among rival teams that falling short in the playoffs again could lead to a major roster shakeup this summer.
However, according to a person close to Griffin, there’s no guarantee he’d embrace returning home to play. The possibility hasn’t been discussed within Griffin’s camp, but as one prominent player operative noted, “Some guys don’t want to play at home. Too many distractions.”
The benefits of playing in a small market like Oklahoma City — less glitz and glamour, fewer media responsibilities, an organization that has proved to be protective of its stars — would be canceled out for Griffin. For him, Oklahoma City would be like New York on steroids. This factor must be considered, especially since Griffin has a player option for the 2017-18 season. “I’ve seen him there; it’s like Michael Jackson walking around,” the person close to Griffin said.
The Heat’s second-year combo guard, who had surgery Wednesday in Miami to a repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, told The Miami Herald Sunday he’s going to try and come back for the playoffs in mid April, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be healthy enough or ready to contribute. “The doctors said it’s going to be two to three months before I can resume contact,” Johnson said. “It’s a possibility [I could be back for the playoffs]. But we’ve just got to see. Again, we’re not trying to rush it back. If it feels healthy by then, and I’m actually able to contribute and not just be out there trying to figure it out during the playoffs, [then I’ll play]. [The playoffs are] not the time to try and figure out if you can go. If there’s a couple practices before it, I’ll try and practice and figure out what I can do.”