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Now retired, Allen Iverson 'much more settled' in personal life

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Now retired, Allen Iverson 'much more settled' in personal life

HOUSTON — Everybody wants to know about Allen Iverson off the court.

Is he broke? Is he in trouble? Is his life spiraling out of control without basketball?

None of the above, says Iverson.

The 11-time All-Star guard was named Monday to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

Iverson’s issues with wife Tawanna made national headlines when they divorced, she accused him of kidnapping their five children and charged him with owing millions of dollars in child support, among other allegations.

At the end of a wide-ranging 25-minute chat with Philly writers at the downtown Hyatt Monday, Iverson was asked how his personal life is this days.

“I think I’m so much more settled,” Iverson said. “I’ve been with the same woman for 25 years now. I’ve been through a divorce three years ago, we were back together not even a month after the divorce, and I had to realize, basically, she was trying to get my attention any way she could.

“She was at the end of the rope. ‘There’s nothing else I can do but show him how serious I am.’ So I’m so much more dedicated to my girl and I’m there for my kids more than I was ever there.”

Iverson blamed the NBA lifestyle for the his family issues and said that since his retirement he’s been able to become a better father.

“You know this lifestyle,” he said. “You’re never home. You never get a chance to be a 24/7 daddy, and now in my life I’m so happy and content with the fact that I can be there for my family like I’m supposed to be.

“I’m still there for my fans. I still do different events. I’m never going to take myself away from their lives, as far as my fans. But I’m just so much more of a family man. That’s how I want to be defined at this point in my life.”

Knicks targeting Elton Brand as GM? Sixers 'very happy' with him, per team source

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Knicks targeting Elton Brand as GM? Sixers 'very happy' with him, per team source

The Knicks could be looking within the Sixers' organization during their GM search.

Team president Leon Rose has reportedly “targeted” Sixers GM Elton Brand for the same role with the Knicks, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. The report went on to say that Rose would wait to see if Brand, 41, would be let go after this year’s playoffs.

It’s a little hard to imagine the Sixers parting ways with Brand despite the team underperforming this season. Though his big moves of stealing Al Horford away from the Celtics, acquiring Josh Richardson in a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler and signing Tobias Harris to a near-max deal haven’t panned out, the organization seems to be high on Brand.

A team source on Wednesday confirmed Brand is under contract beyond this season and said the organization is very happy with his work since being named GM in 2018. The source cited Brand's leadership and strong working relationships with players, agents, and executives around the league.

That's in line with what managing partner Josh Harris told NBC Sports Philadelphia back in October.

“When the Bryan Colangelo situation occurred, we went through a really long search to try to figure out who was the right person for the job of general manager,” Harris said. “Obviously, [Brand] hadn't been in the front office very long, but all of his strength as a leader and his intelligence and his ability to communicate and his history with the game and with our team and with our city. All those things really were very large in the decision. …

“… and he's increasingly putting his insignia, his imprint on the team, and it's really great. I mean, today's NBA is a player's league. He was an All-Star player not that long ago. He's a really unique person. So I'm really happy that we're working together.”

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Which era of Sixers basketball would make the best documentary?

Which era of Sixers basketball would make the best documentary?

The Sixers are a franchise rich in history and, let’s face it, rich in drama.

With ESPN moving up the release of The Last Dance, a documentary about the dominance of Michael Jordan and the Bulls in their last Finals run, it sparked an interesting debate on the Sixers Talk podcast.

Which era of Sixers basketball would you most like to see a documentary on?

Co-hosts Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick both made the case for Dr. J, Moses Malone and the teams of 1980’s … but for very different reasons.

Don’t get me wrong,” Hudrick said, “some of The Process stuff would be great to get some behind-the-scenes nuggets of what was going on there with some of the decisions that were made and getting some answers to the questions that we’ve all had. …

“[In a documentary on the 1980’s team] we can all go back and watch and see, ‘Oh, Dr. J, he won a championship.’ But to get that context of there were people who were doubting him and then he proved them all wrong. It’s little stuff like that you don’t know about until you go and watch [a documentary] like that.

Pommells agreed with wanting to see something on that era, but wasn’t nearly as interested in reliving The Process years.

To hell with The Process. I ain’t trying to watch nothing on that. I lived through it, I experienced all these little idiosyncrasies. I think once the Bryan Colangelo thing happened, that completely let me know that I was over it, past it, finished with it, ready to move on — because I’m just exasperated at this point. …

“It would be a black eye on the Philadelphia sports landscape.

Do you agree with Pommells? Would you rather see something on the Allen Iverson-led teams? Or way back in the Wilt Chamberlain-Hal Greer days?

For more on the debate, check out the full Sixers Talk podcast below.

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