Larry Brown Rumors
The Inquirer reported Tuesday that former coach Larry Brown has been lobbying the 76ers to hire Allen Iverson as an assistant general manager. There is one person who wholeheartedly supports that move: Iverson himself. “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 said Thursday night. “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.”
Yesterday, it came to our attention that Larry Brown vehemently denied having said Iverson had been drinking before the news conference, a point brought up by Kent Babb, author of the Iverson bio, “Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson,” during his appearance on the Innes and Bruno Show on 94WIP last week. “I said the wrong thing on the radio show last Thursday,” Babb said via email, “and that’s what got back to Larry. I told them that I had first heard about it from Larry Brown [Brown acknowledged to Babb that he said Iverson went to Houlihan’s at City Avenue and Presidential Boulevard before the presser], which is true, but I went on to say that Brown mentioned red eyes and slurring. That actually came from other people; I mistakenly attributed that in the radio appearance to Brown. That was a mistake on my part. I should’ve reacquainted myself with that chapter and who said precisely what before doing the interview.”
Larry Brown said he spoke with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak “a number of times.” about Mudiay before the lottery, and then the Lakers ended up with the No. 2 pick. “All of a sudden, boom they got the second pick,” Brown said.