Despite playing for three other franchises throughout his 14-year NBA career, Allen Iverson fondly refers to himself as a 'Sixer for life.' Now, with his number hanging from the Wells Fargo Center rafters and his playing days clearly behind him, 'The Answer' wants to continue his affiliation with the franchise that made him the first overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.
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."
When asked what he looks for when evaluating a player that others might not necessarily pick up on, Iverson had a simple answer.
"The fight. Their fight. The fight in a guy. I'm the biggest [Russell] Westbrook fan I think there is, because he reminds me so much of myself, as far as his heart and laying it on the line night in and night out."
Despite his distaste for practice, Iverson is well-respected for his on-court effort, and his in-game experiences may provide him with a unique point-of-view when it comes to player evaluation.
The 11-time All-Star remains revered in Philadelphia as the Sixers try to recapture the success they enjoyed during his tenure with the team.
Follow Michael Kaskey-Blomain on Twitter @therealmikekb