Two months after being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Allen Iverson visited the Philadelphia 76ers at practice, encouraged them to stay positive and praised rookies Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. From CSN Philly's Jessica Camerato:
"I think he's going to be so great and I can't wait," Iverson said of Simmons, adding on Embiid, "I knew he was going to be great, and he'll be greater. He's going to only get better. He's going to make the guys around him better as well."
Iverson encouraged fans to "be patient" with the Sixers. After playing parts of 12 seasons in Philadelphia, Iverson believes home crowd will stick by the team.
"A fan is a fan," he said. "You're supposed to be diehard. You're supposed to believe. That's what Philly fans are."
Here's Iverson greeting Embiid:
The best part of this is that Iverson essentially said that he trusts The Process. Asked how hard it has been for him to watch the 76ers struggle, he told reporters, "It hasn't been hard because I see where it's going. I see that we have the talent to be great."
Allen Iverson speaks to the media pic.twitter.com/fL6okkTbHT— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) November 10, 2016
The Sixers are 0-7 on the season and they are coming off a 122-115 loss to the Indiana Pacers in overtime Wednesday. They will have a chance for revenge in Indiana on Friday, and maybe they should try to get Iverson to come along for the trip. Philadelphia big man Jahlil Okafor told reporters that it's always a joy to be in his presence.