Allen Iverson wants to play with Kobe Bryant in the BIG3 League

Allen Iverson wants to play with Kobe Bryant in the BIG3 League

Remember back when Larry Brown thought the Philadelphia 76ers should've hired Allen Iverson to work in the front office? Well, A.I.'s take on the big Boogie Cousins trade wouldn't exactly be a ringing endoresement.

"Man, I don't know," Iverson told TMZ Sports when asked if he thought the deal was a mistake for the Sacramento Kings.

The camera man, who caught up with A.I. down in New Orleans over the weekend, then asked Iverson about the prospect of playing against Kobe Bryant in the Big3 League where A.I. will be a player/coach

"I hope he would, but I know he ain't going to do nothing like that," Iverson said. "That would be a dream of mine to play with Kobe." 

Iverson also had a pretty funny response when asked about whether he ever wanted to coach in the NBA. You can catch his response below.

*warning: Iverson drops a bad word at one point the video*

Sixers-Kings 10 observations: Shrugging off slow start in comeback win

Sixers-Kings 10 observations: Shrugging off slow start in comeback win

Here are 10 observations from the Sixers’ thrilling 122-119 win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night (see Instant Replay).

1. Let’s get this out of the way: the 6 p.m. start time just threw off the entire beginning of the game. I get that the Sixers were squeezing this matchup in with Sacramento because of the Nov. 30 postponement and tried to be accommodating by pushing tip-off up an hour for the Kings, who are near the end of a now eight-game road trip.

However, all the time change really accomplished was messing up players’ normal routines and creating pockets of empty seats until fans fighting through rush hour were able to fill them.

2. One person not affected by the early start was DeMarcus Cousins, although that likely had more to do with Joel Embiid being sidelined with a left knee contusion (see story).

Cousins jumped all over the Sixers with 18 of his 46 points in the first quarter. He drove to the basket, hit midrange jumpers and even nailed a couple three-pointers as he jump-started his huge night. Cousins added 15 rebounds and five assists, but he eventually fouled out on a weak call, much to the delight of the Sixers' faithful.

3. The Sixers’ comeback was important on two fronts. First, it helped the team take another step toward legitimacy in this long rebuilding process, especially when you throw in the fact that Embiid was on the bench in street clothes.

Secondly, it marked another loss on the Kings’ record, which is big because the Sixers have the right to swap first-round pick position with Sacramento if the pick falls in the top 10. The Sixers entered Monday with the fifth-worst record in the league while the Kings had the 10th-worst mark.

4. Say what you want about Robert Covington, but the guy goes out and balls hard every night. He shot two airballs in the first quarter, which brought the boo birds his way. However, the forward shrugged it off and turned up the intensity on both ends. Covington finished the night with 23 points on 8 of 16 shooting, 10 rebounds, four steals and several hustle plays that don’t show up on the stat sheet.

5. After getting dominated, 49-15, in Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Sixers’ reserves battled back in this one. They outscored the Kings’ bench, 47-44, and helped spark the comeback.

6. Cousins wasn’t the lone Kings big man to do damage against the Sixers. Willie Cauley-Stein scored a season-high 17 points on 8 of 10 shooting with most of those makes coming on dunks.

7. Speaking of big men, Jahlil Okafor returned to action after not appearing in the previous four games. He recorded 15 points on 5 of 11 from the field, four rebounds and two assists in 22:38 of playing time. Nerlens Noel came off the bench to add 12 points on a perfect 5 for 5 shooting, three boards, two assists, three steals and one block in 24:25.

8. A major reason the Sixers were able to rally on Monday was that they started taking better care of the ball. They committed eight turnovers in the first quarter alone but they finished the night with 14 giveaways.

9. Sixers legend and Hall of Famer, Allen Iverson, appeared on the court a half hour before tip-off to do a Twitter Q&A with in-arena host Christian Crosby. Among the slew of topics discussed were whether he has joined the “raise the cat” frenzy, his all-time favorite sneakers besides his own, which player he would have loved to play with during his career (Shaquille O’Neal) and his relationship with the fans.

“Other than Michael Jordan in Chicago, I don’t think there is another athlete that has the type of relationship I have with these fans,” Iverson said. “They let me make my mistakes, my ups, my downs. They always supported me and I love them for that. It’s like no other.”

10. Shoutout to Sixers mascot Franklin for nailing a backward half-court shot during a timeout. He celebrated by running around like, well, a dog and nearly bumped into Matt Barnes. When Franklin turned around to confront Barnes, the veteran put his hands up to explain that he didn’t want any problems. When you’re reportedly about to turn yourself in for allegedly choking a woman at a nightclub, you likely don’t want to add cruelty to animals on top.

Allen Iverson to be player/coach in Ice Cube's Big3 league

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Allen Iverson to be player/coach in Ice Cube's Big3 league

NEW YORK -- Ice Cube has dreamed about seeing his favorite NBA players come out of retirement.

Now, he's going to make it happen. The rapper turned entertainment mogul is starting a 3-on-3 league for former professional basketball players.

And one of his favorites, Allen Iverson, has signed on as a player/coach in Big3. The two were at a news conference Wednesday to introduce the new league.

"As a fan I'm excited to see the guys I know who can still strap it up and play at a competitive, high level," Ice Cube said. "I'm happy that I have the right people and partners to provide the stage for that."

Ice Cube partnered with entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz to start the league for former professional players over the age of 30. It is expected to start play on June 24 with Chauncey Billups, Rashard Lewis and Kenyon Martin among the former NBA stars already committed to the league. Gary Payton and George Gervin will serve as two of the coaches in the league.

"We grew up watching these guys, some of them from high school, college through the pros. We see their ups and downs, win games and lose games, become part of our everyday life in a lot of ways," Ice Cube said. "We look up one day and they're gone, nowhere to be seen. It's like losing a family friend or loved one or best friend. Someone you just really admire. I got my heroes, too."

Count Iverson among them.

"Getting him to sign on was big," Ice Cube said. "He still can play."

Iverson, who was enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame last year, was excited to be part of the new league.

"When I got the call it was a no-brainer. It's Ice Cube. You don't turn that down," Iverson said. "That's success looking right into your eyes. I wanted to be a part of it."

Asked who he would most love to have on his team, the former MVP had an easy answer.

"Shaq and Kobe, that's a no-brainer," Iverson said.

The league will play its eight-game season on Saturdays in the summer -- so far without Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

Each week's contests will take place in a different city, with all eight teams playing. It will culminate in a two-week playoffs.

The players will share revenues with teams earning more money based on how they finish in the standings.

Teams will be comprised of five players and games will be played to 60 points. The league will also have a 4-point shot -- a little deeper than the NBA 3-point line.

There will be a draft combine in March with a draft set to take place soon after. To be eligible to play in the league you have to have played professionally -- in the NBA, D-League or overseas.

"I know a lot of my friends are going to hit me up on text to have me draft them," Lewis said. "But it's really a business, I have to act as a general manager as well and find the best four other guys for my team to do well."

Kwatinetz said that they are looking into potential sponsorships and television deals, and the cities haven't been set.

Ice Cube and Kwatinetz are hoping each weekend's games will have the festive atmosphere of a Final Four or NBA All-Star Game, with other events that include kid clinics and halftime shows.

Ice Cube laughed when asked whether he'd be performing.

"I don't know. Maybe if I'm feeling it. I don't want this league to be about me. I'll do everything I can to promote the league and get it rolling and then I want to fade to the back," Ice Cube said. "Let these guys do what they do best. You know I might get down, you never know. I'm definitely not above it. I like to get down on stuff like this."