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Allen Iverson tears up remembering his friend Kobe and the one time they played as teammates

Allen Iverson tears up remembering his friend Kobe and the one time they played as teammates

Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson has shown his softer side since retiring from the NBA in 2010. While he was known for his hard-nosed style of play on the court during his heyday, he's become known more lately for the love he shows his NBA brethren and his big old hugs.

Whether he's talking about the current Sixers squad being his "little dudes" or his old rivals like Ty Lue, A.I. never has a bad word to say. He's a true ambassador of the game.

The Players' Tribune did a nice sitdown with Iverson over All-Star weekend and it's making the rounds again today thanks an ESPN bump.

While Iverson shared an incredibly heartfelt written remembrance of Kobe Bryant shortly after his death, as Sixers fans know, there's nothing quite like seeing the emotion in Iverson's face when he's feeling it.

Iverson talks fondly about the one time he got to play on the same team as Kobe in the 2008 All-Star game. 

"It was always a battle between me and him," Iverson said. "And then, having the chance to be on the same team with him..." 

"I mean, looking back on it, that was it. Just having the chance to play with my guy. Not knowing that would be the only time that I had a chance to play with him."

The two didn't see much action together in the 2008 game as Kobe was limited with a finger injury and only played three minutes.

Back when he was involved with the Big3 League in 2017, Iverson dreamed about a potential pairing with Kobe: "That would be a dream of mine to play with Kobe." 

It never happened, sadly.

Iverson went on to retell the story about Iverson going to the club and Kobe going to the gym which lead to the most poignant quote from the whole interview.

"That was the Mamba. He was younger than me, but I actually looked up to him and his greatness," Iverson said.

You can watch the full sitdown with Iverson on Perriscope here.

Sixers fans can't stop laughing at Bulls for interviewing Bryan Colangelo

Sixers fans can't stop laughing at Bulls for interviewing Bryan Colangelo

Sixers fans, grasping at any semblance of basketball news, received a cruise ship-sized life line on Wednesday.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported the Bulls have interviewed former 76ers president Bryan Colangelo for their top basketball ops position:

This is, of course, kind of a mind-boggling decision from the Bulls, considering the way Colangelo's bumpy tenure in Philly ended. 

You know, Burner-gate. Remember that insanity? Remember when the active general manager of the 76ers was linked to Twitter accounts actively disparaging his own players? That really happened!

And yet, despite the public unraveling of his time with the Sixers, and the unsavory nature of his resignation, the Bulls somehow deemed Colangelo worthy of an interview for this position as they try to kickstart their floundering franchise.

Sixers fans couldn't believe it:

Some laughed, and laughed, and laughed:

Some encouraged the insanity, because there's nothing Sixers fans love more than watching a tire fire form in real time:

And then, of course, Sixers Twitter came with the jokes, because they are ruthless and unceasing:

Colangelo actually landing the job is, admittedly, probably a long shot. But the fact that he could even garner an interview at this point in his career, and after his last stop, is both hilarious and confounding.

And Sixers fans are here for it, entirely.

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Chicago Bulls interviewed former Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo for open position

Chicago Bulls interviewed former Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo for open position

Bryan Colangelo AKA Eric jr may find his way back to the NBA.

The Sixers' former president of basketball operations interviewed with the Bulls for their “top basketball operations position,” per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Colangelo’s time in Philadelphia did not go as well as his previous stints in Phoenix and Toronto. He was hired by the Sixers after his father, Jerry, came in as chairman of basketball operations, which prompted GM Sam Hinkie to resign.

The one move that will always be associated with Colangelo’s tenure is trading up to draft Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall in 2017. Colangelo orchestrated the deal with the rival Celtics. Fultz had a bizarre start to his career with the Sixers, which ended with him being traded last February, while GM Danny Ainge secured All-Star Jayson Tatum and an extra first-round pick.

The reasoning for Colangelo’s departure had nothing to do with the way he assembled the roster, of course. On May 29, 2018, an article in The Ringer linked Colangelo to several burner Twitter accounts that revealed confidential team information and posted disparaging remarks about people in the organization — including players. After an investigation, Colangelo resigned on June 7, 2018.

This could affect the Sixers in that there’s a possibility he could try to pluck members of the front office away if hired by the Bulls. Colangelo originally hired Elton Brand, assistant GM Ned Cohen and senior VP of player personnel Marc Eversley, among others.

There have been many names linked to the Chicago job, but if Colangelo is the one that’s picked, that would be … something. 

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