Mar 1, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers former guard Allen Iverson during his jersey number retirement ceremony at halftime of game between the 76ers and Washington Wizards at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

76ers Reportedly Grooming Allen Iverson for Coaching Position

Though the Philadelphia 76ers organization appears to be distancing themselves from some of the mistakes made by past regimes, that does not mean they aren’t appreciative of the history surrounding one of the NBA’s most notable franchises. Over the past few seasons, which from a win-loss standpoint have been lean to say the least, the organization has done an effective job of paying homage to Sixers greats of the past few decades. A recent development regarding the team’s most recent, and perhaps flawed superstar is as much a reason to get excited as anything else involving the 76ers.

 

Courtesy of the article by Rappler.com, the 76ers have plans for Allen Iverson that go beyond autograph sessions and the occasional appearance. Instead they hope to tap into a wealth of hoops knowledge that allowed Iverson to overcome physical limitations to establish himself as one of the premiere players of his generation.

As for the potential position, Iverson will apparently be heading to the Philippines to conduct various clinics and work with some of the developmental leagues in the under-the-radar basketball hotbed. The article contained quotes from Iverson’s agent as to her client’s potential interest in a new chapter of his basketball career.

According to the sports agent, Iverson will visit in November for his new job – coaching – which she says the Philadelphia 76ers have been grooming him for.

“Allen, really, for this particular event, we’re introducing him as a coach.”

It’s a new job the former NBA superstar has been carrying out for quite some time now.

“It’s what he wants and he has a couple of schedules right now for basketball clinics. He’s doing clinics for kids,” said Reyes, who added “that’s already the direction he’s (Iverson) going to so we want to support him.”

The dark end to Iverson’s career goes pretty high on my list of disappointing sports stories. He was far too great a player to have his legacy tarnished by the last few seasons of his career and the personal struggles he’s gone through since. Here’s to hoping he can continue to mature as a man and relay some of his experience and knowledge to a new wave of athletes. Could end up benefiting the 76ers in a big way down the road.

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